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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.

Martinique Jones
Major: Psychology

Martinique’s undergraduate research topic was The African American Dream: A Progressive Discussion of Academic Achievement in African American Students.

“Whether you sit in on a research meeting, input data, or conduct your own study, I believe research will be an invaluable experience as you begin to discover who you are and what you would like to become.”
Sunanda Dharmarajan
Major: Biology

Sunanda’s undergraduate research topic was Discrimination of Organic Acids and Wine Varietals by Arrays of Differential Colorimetric Sensors.

“You can get a basic understanding of biology and chemistry by going to class, but it is not until you engage in research that you truly understand science.”
Jose Ybarra
Major: Human Biology

Jose’s undergraduate research topic was Nerve Regeneration and Cellular Migration.

“Discovering an underground network of scientists and engineers who shared my passions was an immensely rewarding and exciting experience.”
Xinh Nguyen
Major: Clinical Laboratory Science

Xinh’s undergraduate research topic was RNA Aptamer Selection against Insulin.

“Test [undergraduate research] out and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I am right now.”
Garrett Fair
Major: Business Honors Program & Mathematics

Garrett’s undergraduate research topic was The Gatekeepers: A Study of Credit Rating Agency Analysts and Their Role in the Financial Crisis.

“Even if you’re not interested in graduate school or a Ph.D., you can still build a very valuable skill set from working in research that can be useful in future jobs.”
Charlie Saginaw
Major: History

Charlie’s undergraduate research topic was The Discovery of Hunger in America: The Politics of Race, Hunger, and Malnutrition, 1965-1975.

“Learning how to conduct primary source research challenged me to think more deeply, problem solve, and ask thought-provoking questions.”
Muna Rehman
Major: Arabic & Government

Muna’s undergraduate research topic was Assessing the Outcomes of Political Assassinations

“[Undergraduate research] has really helped me evolve from just a regular student to an informed individual.”
Katherine Hysmith
Major: Plan II Honors & French

Katherine’s undergraduate research topic was Jane Austen.

“The grandest thing is that you can literally research in almost every field here at UT; from labs to library shelves, there is something for everyone.”
Zachary Garber
Major: Government & English

Zachary’s research topic was William Lauder’s Impact on the History of Barbados

“I have built much stronger relationships with other members of the administration and faculty and have been able to attend research conferences, as well as presented my own research here at UT Austin.”
Elissa Ludeman
Major: Anthropology

Elissa’s undergraduate research topic was Cochlear Labyrinth Volume Reconstruction and Predicted Hearing Abilities in the Fossil Primates Mahgarita stevensi and Rooneyia viejaensis

“The single most rewarding part of my research experience is opportunity; every skill I have learned and person I have been lucky enough to meet has been another door opening.”