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Undergraduate Researchers

Research Week provides excellent ways for students to learn about research opportunities and present their own research, and for departments, colleges, and programs to showcase their students’ achievements. Events range from undergraduate poster presentations, exhibitions, performances, and symposia to guest speakers and workshops aimed at helping undergraduates achieve their research goals. Don’t miss the multi-disciplinary Longhorn Research Poster Session, which will take place on Wednesday, April 17, 12-2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom.

Click on a researcher to learn more about his or her undergraduate research experience. Visit the student success page for stories from all Undergraduate Studies programs.

Dara Oke
Major: Computer Science

Dara’s undergraduate research consisted of a photojournalistic history of black-owned businesses in Austin.

“I've always been the type of person that yearned to find answers to lingering questions.”
Ava Ibanez
Major: Marine and Freshwater Biology

For her undergraduate research project, Ava went to UT’s Marine Science Institute to study the hypoxic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Experiencing the field gives you a new outlook on research and allows you to appreciate the complexity of the environment, which in turn serves as a great tool when working in lab.”
Evan Delord
Major: Neuroscience

Evan took part in undergraduate research by using computer modeling to uncover the computational principles of the cerebellum.

“My freshman year I joined the Computational Evolution FRI stream to explore research as a career option and found that research, particularly computational research, was a great fit for me.”
Rachel Gosch

Rachel became involved in undergraduate research when she worked on financial models of the economy during a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

“Participating in a summer REU seemed like a great opportunity as an introduction to research.”
Mirusha Yogarajah
Major: African and African Diaspora Studies, and Government, Liberal Arts Honors

For her undergraduate research project, Mirusha studied female figures in U.S. and Sri Lankan revolutionary movements.

“The greatest reward is being able to personally learn new things and understand who I am as a result.”
Julie Timte
Major: Plan II Honors and Art History

Julie’s undergraduate research topic is the manuscript illuminations of Dante’s Inferno.

“I wanted to pursue an undergraduate research project because I saw it as a way to explore my interests and develop research and writing skills along the way.”
Jennifer Huang
Major: Nutrition Honors and Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Jennifer became involved in undergraduate research by studying disease risk and diet among firefighters.

“If you are thinking about research, try it. You will know if you like it or not by doing it.”
Loyce Gayo
Major: African and African Diaspora Studies

For her undergraduate research project, Loyce studied the history of economic policy in Tanzania as part of the Bridging Disciplines Programs and as a recipient of an Intellectual Entrepreneurship Kuhn Scholars award.

“This is an opportunity to take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to what you love.”
Ignacio Cruz
Major: Communication Studies, focusing on Corporate Communication

Ignacio’s undergraduate research thesis examines the effect of technology on organizational communication.

“It’s an amazing feeling standing in front of a room of people and sharing your work.”
Major: Art History

Jessica traveled to Pisa, Italy, to conduct art historical undergraduate research on the city’s medieval baptistery.

“Most of my project uses photographs and primary sources that I collected myself.”