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.
For the second year, the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) has granted Student Researcher Awards to support undergraduate researchers with their current studies and future careers. The awards encourage undergraduates to participate in research regardless of their financial resources.
The School of Undergraduate Studies honored a year’s worth of outstanding student papers with the second Writing Flag Awards in a ceremony on Friday, March 23. Students submitted work in one of four categories: research, critical/persuasive, creative/reflective, and collaborative, a new category this year. Prizes were awarded to work that best demonstrated clarity, inventiveness, and intellectual rigor. First place winners for each category were awarded $300, second place received $200, and third place was awarded $100.
Learning through experience has always been an integral part of the Bridging Disciplines Programs (BDP). When students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life, they develop the confidence and insight that prepare them for life after college. The richly rewarding internships and research assistantships regularly offered to students by community organizations, non-profits, clinics, faculty-led research projects, and institutes are what complete the BDP experience.
As one of the premier research institutions in the nation, The University of Texas at Austin is an ideal place for students to dream big. Across campus, UT students are imagining new, innovative ways to rethink the status quo. A new undergraduate certificate program, Design Strategies builds on this energy and provides structure to students looking for ways to explore innovative problem-solving.
In this ongoing advice column, former UGS students who have transferred into their new major help current students navigate major exploration, the internal transfer process, and more.
Dear UGS Alumni Guide,
How did you decide on a major? What resources did you use to get there?
Hi all, my name is Angie!
Ethics hasn’t always played a large role in undergraduate college coursework. In some disciplines, especially in the technical fields, students might not encounter ethical issues until they enroll in graduate courses. The School of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) is working, and providing money, to help change that. A new course teaching ethics in computer science was developed with the assistance of the Ethics & Leadership Flag Course Development Awards.
The second annual Transfer Student Leadership Summit, hosted by the Transfer-Year Experience (TYE) program in the School of Undergraduate Studies, brought together student leaders from transfer student support programs across Texas. Students convened to discuss common transfer experience themes, present on support initiatives, and build a peer network. Fifty students and staff from 10 Texas colleges and universities participated in the two-day event.
Students seeking an edge for midterms and finals have new resources to consider. This semester, the Sanger Learning Center has removed fees for one-on-one tutoring. Unlimited free tutoring is a pilot program to determine how the changes will impact usage and staffing needs.
The Blackstone LaunchPad will participate in three events during SXSW EDU. In its eighth year, the education-focused offshoot of the South by Southwest conference brings administrators, teachers, business professionals, and members of the government and non-profit sectors together from March 5-8 “with a shared goal of impacting the future of teaching and learning.”