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Research Week 2013 Kicks Off

Research Week showcases a broad range of undergraduate work from UT Austin’s vast community of research and creative work. The events provide undergraduates with an arena to present research. The series also connects undergraduates who aren’t yet involved with some of the ways they can participate in research at one of the country’s premier research institutions.

About Undergraduate Research

Research occurs in every college and school at the University of Texas at Austin, and every undergraduate can participate. Undergraduates can get involved by assisting in a faculty research project or pursuing an independent research project. Independent projects are typically honors theses, though other students do work with faculty advisors to complete research projects. For more ways to get involved specific to your discipline, please contact the Undergraduate Research Office.

Read more about undergraduate researchers.


Research Week collects a wide variety of events: students from many disciplines present work about many topics. Here are a few highlights. Please take a look at the full schedule.

Longhorn Research Bazaar

Colleges, departments, research units, programs, and student organizations from across campus provide information about undergraduate research activities and opportunities. Refreshments, free t-shirts, and other fun giveaways are provided. More

MapDesign VI Exhibit
Monday, April 15-Friday, April 19
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Design VI is a comprehensive studio during which students conceptualize the development of a building while considering structural, mechanical, electrical, and site integration needs. An understanding of how systems work independently, as well as a whole, is critical to the creation of a working building, and ultimately, an exemplary work of architecture.

During the spring of 2012 this studio focused on the design and development of a new Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.The project explored the spatial, material, and tectonic relationship between land, water, and the human body. The static nature of the land, dynamic quality of the water, and obligatory movement of the body served as a basis for design exploration. Through research, students learned about the site, architectural precedents, the history of rowing, and the technology and craft of rowing shell construction, with the hope that a thorough investigation of these issues would inspire alternative production processes and generate unconventional design solutions.

David Foster WallaceD.T. Max: Researching David Foster Wallace
Tuesday, April 16
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

D.T. Max, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, will discuss his research in the David Foster Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center. The research Max conducted at the HRC was essential to completing his new book, a biography of Wallace entitled “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.”

President William PowersPower Up Research
Thursday, April 18
5-7 p.m.

President Powers will speak about the importance and benefits of undergraduate research. Come interact with a panel of five award-winning faculty members speaking on the benefits of undergraduate research:

  • Dr. Paul Woodruff
  • Dr. Brent Iverson
  • Dr. Lori Holleran-Steiker
  • Dr. Courtney Byrd
  • Dr. Keryn Pasch

Organized by the Senate of College Councils’ Undergraduate Research Committee. RSVP not required

OUR LogoUndergraduate Research Information Sessions
Thursday, April 18
noon-1 p.m. (General)

Friday, April 19
9:30-10:30 a.m. (Science)
noon-1 p.m. (General)

In weekly information sessions, undergraduate research advisors answer questions and talk about strategies for getting involved in undergraduate research at UT Austin. Info sessions are open to students from all disciplines and majors. Material presented at the general and science sessions is similar in nature, so you only need to select and attend one session. More

Middle Eastern band performingMiddle Eastern Ensemble performance
Saturday, April 20
7:30-9:30 p.m.

The University of Texas Middle Eastern Ensemble “Bereket” is a group comprised of UT students, faculty, staff and community members. “Bereket” is a word with cognates in Turkish, Arabic and Persian that translates as “abundance”, “fruitfulness”, and “divine gift”.

The ensemble was formed under the direction of Professor Sonia Seeman in Fall 2006. The goals of the ensemble are to gain experiential understanding of the music and cultures of the Near, Middle East and North Africa, to foster community outreach, to work with campus language and other classes, and to create a sense of community around musical performance.

Science Study Break FlyerStar Trek study break
Monday, April 22
6-7 p.m.

Want to be a rocket scientist? Join the UT Libraries to examine the science and technology of STAR TREK, as Dr. Glenn Lightsey (Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics) discusses scenes from the popular TV shows and movies, and where today’s actual research is boldly going. Free pizza.


The library is also hosting a week-long event in conjunction with Research Week.

View the full schedule