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Major: Biochemistry and Elements of Computing
Graduation Year: 2022
It has been the most incredible experience to be able to do research, present it, and win awards for it.
Major: Computer Science and Physics
Graduation Year: 2023
Don’t be afraid to do research in an area you don’t know much about or think is not that interesting. It may be that over the course of your research you develop a deep interest for it!
Major: Biology with Applied Statistical Modeling Certificate
Graduation Year: 2022
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be proactive. It’s harder to go out there and change the world if we stay in our comfort zone.
Major: Computer Science and Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2021
I really encourage students to try out different research projects to find ones that interest them the most and then stick to those projects, as the more you persevere, the more you learn and enjoy.
Major: Medical Laboratory Science
Graduation Year: 2024
To those thinking about research, I would tell them to not be afraid and to just go for any opportunity they are considering because it will surprise them how natural and welcoming research can be. It is not a competition, but rather a supportive and patient community ready to welcome any contributions from passionate minds.
Major: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2023
Research something you are passionate about. Don’t research something that you’re not interested in because you want to build your resume or you want to publish a paper. Passion really shows in research.
Major: Chemistry
Graduation Year: Spring 2022
My advice for students would be to not be shy, and take the leap! You only have 4 years in undergrad – if you want to do research, email every professor who has a lab for an opportunity to tour their lab, shadow undergraduate researchers in the lab, and even get yourself a research position!
Photo of Meera Sam standing out in a bright red blazer, smiling
Major: Government and Sociology
Graduation Year: Spring 2022
There’s no one right way to pursue research. There are so many different ways that you can get involved, be that with a professor, a program on campus, or independently. Research is very flexible and there are so many great resources at UT that will help you find what pathway fits you best!
Image of Emily Prines sitting in front of skeleton display case in the UT Anthropology department, giving the Hook Em Horns sign
Major: Anthropology
Graduation Year: Summer 2020
Alexis McDonald
Major: Psychology
Graduation Year: Spring 2020
I think it’s important as we provide a voice for student experiences and provide support for UT students that we don’t forget to acknowledge the additional barriers that might affect traditionally marginalized groups of students. We must be intentional about our modes of support and continue to listen to the unheard.