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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.

Rudy Torres
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Rudy’s undergraduate research topic is Solar and Biofuels Research.

“I get to apply the concepts that I learn in my engineering classes, and I get to practice other skills that will improve my overall experience as an engineer.”
Duan Quach
Major: Nutritional Science
Graduation Year: Spring 2013

Duan’s undergraduate research topics is Assessment of Omega-3 Fatty Acids’ Effect on Attenuating Obesity-induced Cyclooxygenase-2 Activation and Aromatase Expression in Breast Cancer Cells and Adipose Stromal Cells.

"Research has allowed me to meet many great people with valuable knowledge and experience."
Samantha Speakmon
Major: Business Honors and Finance

Samantha’s undergraduate research topic is Financial Impacts of the BP Oil Spill.

“Researching the financial implications of the oil spill gave me an opportunity to see a real-life example of concepts I learned in my finance classes.”
Joe Ramos
Major: Business and Neuroscience

Joe’s undergraduate research topic is The L.E.A.P. Program’s Effect on Mentors.

“Because I have engaged in research, I feel as though there are now many career options that I could be equally happy pursuing.”
Guadalupe Jasso
Major: Biochemistry

Guadalupe’s undergraduate research topic is Contribution of Thymic Stromal Cells to T-ALL.

“I love the lab environment: you are surrounded by people that love the same area that you do!”
Owais Durrani
Major: Government and Biology

Owais’s undergraduate research topic is The Effect of Committee Assignments On Electoral Success for Members of the US House.

“Having participated in biological research as well as research in Government, I was truly surprised by how many similarities exist between the two.”
Amanda Wilson
Major: General Geology

Amanda’s undergraduate research topic is Paleobotany and Paleoclimate Analysis of Fossil Flora from the Elko Formation in Northeastern Nevada.

"At the beginning, my work was just a box of fossils I found while field assisting, and it is cool to see that box of rocks become something more meaningful."
Margaret Sanders
Major: Plan II & Psychology

Margaret’s undergraduate research topic was The Effect of Categorization on Judgments of Paintings.

“With this undergraduate research experience, I feel prepared for graduate school and confident that I will be able to make the most of it from the start.”
Natalie Butler
Major: Plan II & Communication Studies

Natalie’s undergraduate research topic was The Effects of High School Experience on the Civic and Political Participation of College Students.

“I think the skills I've acquired doing research will be beneficial for the rest of my undergraduate education, and beyond college.”
Kevin Martin
Major: Humanities, Government & History

Kevin’s undergraduate research topic was Genocide and the Escalation of Ethnic Violence.

“Past the obvious benefits gained from research such as discipline, refinement of researching and writing skills, and a general increase in knowledge over broad and specific topics, research has indelibly changed who I am as a person.”