When the clock ran out on this year’s 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign, the School of Undergraduate Studies had raised $79,825, breaking last year’s record of $30,078, a 164% increase from 2016 to 2017. The campaign kicked off at 6 a.m. on April 12 and ended 40 hours later at 10 p.m. on April 13, netting $7,632,622 across all colleges, schools, and units at The University of Texas at Austin.
Bruce Pennycook, professor in the Butler School of Music and director of the Center for Arts and Entertainment Technology (CAET), was awarded the Cale McDowell Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Studies for his innovation in undergraduate programming at The University of Texas at Austin.
Harrison Brown will be missed. He was much loved by his UGS family, his Discovery Scholars family and his Longhorn family. All of these families are heartbroken, as am I. There are no satisfying answers for why he was taken from us, only painful questions. Harrison embodied the very best of what UGS and the Discovery Scholars represent. He was exploring his academic options with fearless enthusiasm and an infectious positive attitude. He was devoted to his family in Graham, his church, his university and his community.
Ivy Tran, a sophomore in the School of Undergraduate Studies, was recently honored with the distinction of college scholar at the 69th annual Honors Day ceremony. Next fall, Tran will transfer into the Cockrell School of Engineering where she will pursue a degree in civil engineering.
A student organization sponsored by the Transfer-Year Experience office was awarded Best Academic/Departmental Organization at the 12th annual Dean of Student’s Evening of the Stars ceremony. In just their second year, Texas Transfer Students (TTS) was honored alongside two well-established finalists, Natural Sciences Council and Student Engineering Council.
The School of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Undergraduate Research hosted events across the Forty Acres showcasing undergraduate research and creative projects for Research Week. Our thanks to everyone who participated in the week’s events. Check out the gallery for photos from the Longhorn Research Bazaar and the Bridging Disciplines Programs poster session.
Signature Course professor Lori Holleran Steiker was awarded the Edith Clarke Woman of Excellence Award. This is the second year that students in the Senate of College Councils have given the award.
The Austin entrepreneurial community came together on Wednesday, April 12 to celebrate the grand opening of the Blackstone LaunchPad at The University of Texas at Austin. President Greg Fenves, Vice President of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation Tony Tolentino, School of Undergraduate Studies Dean Brent Iverson, and Cristal Glanchai, director of the LaunchPad, were on hand to cut the ribbon and officially open the space.
Each year, Research Week showcases an array of undergraduate research projects from across the Forty Acres. Students present their projects and promote the impressive opportunities available at a tier-one research institution.
Students and staff from 11 colleges around the state convened to participate in the first-of-its-kind Transfer Student Leadership Summit from March 31 to April 1. The Transfer-Year Experience (TYE) program in the School of Undergraduate Studies brought 60 attendees together to share their transfer experiences, identify common themes, share their own initiatives, and build a network.