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Biology Honors Senior Looks Forward to Practicing Compassionate Health Care in the Rio Grande Valley

Biology Honors Senior Looks Forward to Practicing Compassionate Health Care in the Rio Grande Valley

Biology honors senior Brian Chavez is one of a select few in the graduating Class of 2022 that The University of Texas at Austin chosen to highlight this year on UT News and this month's Texas Newsletter. The news team picked students who have made the most of their opportunities at UT and stand ready to create a brighter tomorrow.

Organization Spearheaded by Graduating Seniors Seeks to Improve Access to Research

Organization Spearheaded by Graduating Seniors Seeks to Improve Access to Research

Marissa Marquez and Samantha Jackson co-founded the new organization, BIPOC. Photo by Kevin Vu.

Marissa Marquez and Samantha Jackson met in a neuroscience lab during their junior year, where they studied the neurophysiology of epilepsy and autism. Along the way, they also discovered friendship and passion for getting more students from underrepresented groups involved in STEM research.

Graduating Senior David Sarabia Found Passion for Research in FRI

Graduating Senior David Sarabia Found Passion for Research in FRI

David Sarabia served as lead peer mentor for the Supra Sensors stream of the Freshman Research Initiative. He is a 2022 Graduate of Distinction.

A first-generation undergraduate student from Mexia, Texas, David Sarabia is among the seniors graduating this month. On his way to receiving his bachelor of science degree in chemistry, Sarabia participated in the Supra Sensors Research stream of the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) and as an undergraduate researcher in Eric Anslyn's laboratory in the Department of Chemistry.

Senior Uses Passion for Health Communication to Create Popular Blog

Senior Uses Passion for Health Communication to Create Popular Blog

When she first arrived at The University of Texas at Austin, biology senior Tien Nguyen found herself taken aback by the size of the school. As a first-generation college student, she was uncertain about how best to navigate college life and find an outlet for her passions and energy.

NSF Awards Graduate Research Fellowships to 22 CNS Students

NSF Awards Graduate Research Fellowships to 22 CNS Students

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards a Graduate Research Fellowship to students who plan on pursuing a research-based master's or Ph.D. program in a STEM-related field. The fellowship is awarded to exceptional individuals and will support them in elevating their research with the goal of furthering advancements that will transform the future.

First-Gen Student Navigates Own Path, Helps Others Chart Theirs

First-Gen Student Navigates Own Path, Helps Others Chart Theirs

Guillermo Lezama is a physics major at UT Austin. For First-Generation College Celebration Week this week at UT Austin, Amanda Figueroa-Nieves spoke with the senior about his experiences in UTeach, the university's STEM teacher training program.

Natural Sciences Researchers Win President’s Award for Global Learning

Natural Sciences Researchers Win President’s Award for Global Learning

Members of the "Case for Connections" team in the UT President's Award for Global Learning.

Five teams with College of Natural Sciences students were honored this year with the President's Award for Global Learning, which aims to highlight innovative solutions to global problems and give interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students the opportunity to take those projects to international sites.

Computer Science Student Creates App to Help Austin’s Black Community

Computer Science Student Creates App to Help Austin’s Black Community

UT Computer Science student Earl Potts was featured in the news for the app he created, "Keep Austin Black"

Earl Potts, a University of Texas at Austin Computer Science and African and African Diaspora Studies student, has been featured in several local media outlets after he created the app "Keep Austin Black" to provide Austinites with an extensive directory of local Black-owned businesses. 

Student Mindful of What We Owe to Education

Student Mindful of What We Owe to Education

Education is powerful — it's a means to inciting progress in the world, empowering individuals and transforming lives. Education's role in facilitating positive change is a major theme in Texas Computer Science student Dora Gurfinkel's life. She's so aware of it, in fact, that she is using her education to elicit real change within the university while paying homage to her family's unique history.