With summer orientation upon us, we asked School of Undergraduate Studies students to reflect on their experiences at orientation and offer their best advice. Read their tips as you prepare to visit the Forty Acres this summer.
Hifza Hamid – UGS Ambassador, Discovery Scholars Program
The Summer Exploration Grant will enable three Undergraduate Studies students to learn more about academic interests and career options.
This year marks the first graduating class of students who started in the Discovery Scholars Program (DSP). Two DSP seniors reflected on their time in the School of Undergraduate Studies and shared these tips for the Class of 2021.
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.