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Campus Events Celebrate Undergraduate Research

Campus Events Celebrate Undergraduate Research

Every Spring, the College of Natural Sciences celebrates its student-scientists at the one-day Undergraduate Research Forum, held this year on Friday, April 17. More than 200 students present posters describing their research. The best and most innovative posters and presentations are recognized with awards judged and sponsored by the university, faculty, alumni and industry.

The forum serves as a prelude to the university's Research Week (April 20-24), an annual campus-wide showcase of undergraduate research and creative activity, where students share the work they’ve done and get to explore opportunities to pursue projects that interest them. Events range from undergraduate poster presentations, exhibitions, performances and symposia to guest speakers and workshops aimed at helping undergraduates achieve their research goals.

There are more than 35 events in Research Week. Don’t miss the multidisciplinary Longhorn Research Bazaar, which will take place Wednesday, April 22, noon-2 p.m. in the Texas Union Ballroom.

Whether or not you're on the 40 Acres during these events, you can share our excitement about undergraduate research by reading about three students from the College of Natural Sciences who were recently profiled by the Office of Undergraduate Research:

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Ava Ibanez
Major: Marine and Freshwater Biology
For her undergraduate research project, Ava went to UT’s Marine Science Institute to study the hypoxic dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Experiencing the field gives you a new outlook on research and allows you to appreciate the complexity of the environment, which in turn serves as a great tool when working in lab.”

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Evan Delord
Major: Neuroscience
Evan took part in undergraduate research by using computer modeling to uncover the computational principles of the cerebellum.

“My freshman year I joined the Computational Evolution FRI stream to explore research as a career option and found that research, particularly computational research, was a great fit for me.”

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Rachel Gosch
Major: Mathematics and Business Honors
Rachel became involved in undergraduate research when she worked on financial models of the economy during a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

“Participating in a summer REU seemed like a great opportunity as an introduction to research.”


Some of the content for this post was adapted from an article by Rebecca Wilcox published on the university's Know website on April 14, 2014 and a series of student profiles produced by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

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