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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.

Ankit Sharma
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ankit’s undergraduate research project looked at nanowalls as a potential material for light sensors.

“I’ve learned just as much about collaboration as I have about nanoelectronics.”
Sanjai Bashyam
Major: Electrical Engineering

Sanjai’s undergraduate research led to the creation of the Innovation Station 3D printing vending machine.

“It isn’t as challenging as it seems to find a research lab and get involved with a professor.”
Hector Cantu
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Hector’s undergraduate research experience sent him to Poland to conduct a comparative analysis of U.S. and E.U. labor and tax laws.

“Don’t be afraid to get involved in what you like.”
Divya Ramamoorthy
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Plan II

Divya’s undergraduate research investigated the properties of heart muscle cells.

“Reading as many articles as I could helped me better understand the meaning behind my research project.”
Kelsey Ball
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kelsey conducted undergraduate research using natural language processing as part of the Spanish in Texas project.

“One of the most rewarding parts of education is the interdisciplinary aspect.”
Jacob Spangler
Major: Business Honors, Plan II, and Government

Jacob’s undergraduate research project related the persuasive techniques of Lyndon B. Johnson to the communication of contemporary business leaders.

“What I've found is that professors absolutely love to see students approach these kinds of questions on their own.”
Juliette Seive
Major: Humanities Honors, Italian, and History

In one of her undergraduate research projects, Juliette analyzed digital archives of jokes from World War II to better understand public sentiment.

“Research is for everyone as long as you’re interested in what you’re doing.”
Sai Gourisankar

Sai conducted undergraduate research as part of a team investigating nanostructures for use in bioimaging.

“Research allowed me to learn advanced concepts while also letting me ‘get my hands dirty’ in a lab.”
Alexander D'Jamoos
Major: Government and Rhetoric & Writing

Alexander’s undergraduate research project analyzed the rhetoric of the Russian news media.

“I would advise to not be afraid to ask provocative questions and think outside of the box.”
Madilynn Garcia

Madilynn combines undergraduate research in dramaturgy with creative activity in her work with the Cohen New Works Festival.

“I was immediately intrigued by how scholarship informed performance and vice versa.”