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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.

Christina Kent
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Christina traveled to Mongolia to conduct research on poverty and vocational training as part of her undergraduate research experience.

“It was extremely empowering to be able to challenge theories put forth by leading economists.”
Mirna Reyna
Major: French Honors and History

Mirna’s undergraduate research project investigated the way English and Spanish speakers pronounce French vowels.

“It has been really rewarding working with one of my favorite professors who I look up to.”
Thales Smith
Major: Classical Guitar Performance and Plan II

Thales combined undergraduate research and creative activity by researching and performing guitar works from the southwestern U.S.

“Pretty soon you’ll find a niche in the academic world that you can fill.”
Michelle Dunn
Major: Neuroscience and Plan II

Michelle’s undergraduate research topic is Using an Isometric Pinching Force Task to Analyze Fine Motor Control.

"I really enjoy being pushed and having to creatively work through problems on my own."
Dany Haddad
Major: Electrical Engineering

Dany’s undergraduate research topic is Remote Monitoring and Control of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station.

"I feel that I am more involved in the academic community and am truly working towards a better future."
Shaun Lane
Major: Visual Art Studies

Shaun’s undergraduate research topic is Integrating Modern Technology into the Art Classroom/ What Role Does Ethics Play in the Art Classroom?

"Participating in research has given me a sense of ownership and control over my educational experience as an undergraduate at UT."
Kara Konop
Major: Theatre and Dance

Kara’s undergraduate research topic is Exploring the Role of Scenic Artists within the Realm of Theatrical Design and Performance.

"Instead of learning solely in a classroom setting, I get to learn while experiencing what it is like to work in a professional setting."
Jessica Norriss
Major: Geography

Jessica’s undergraduate research topic is Animals in Society.

"It has been rewarding to feel as though I am building…a broader experience and understanding of issues that I feel are critical."
Daniel Grube

Daniel’s undergraduate research topic is How does the Senate talk about the Middle East?

"Research is unique in that you never know what your results will tell you; it is a surprising and exhilarating process."
Sateria Apolonia Lozano
Major: Social Work and Neuroscience

Sateria’s undergraduate research topic is How Estrogen Affects the Aging Monkey Brain as a Model for Menopause.

"Getting involved in research is a great opportunity to gain skills that can be applied to essentially any line of work."