Welcome to the Graduate School
Marvin L. Hackert, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Studies,
Greetings from the Graduate School, and welcome to The University of Texas at Austin! I want to extend a warm welcome to you as you embark on your graduate career.
This is an exciting time for you, and I encourage you to take advantage of all that UT Austin has to offer as you begin your master's or doctoral degree. I hope that your time here will be both academically productive and personally rewarding. Think creatively and reach for the stars.
One of the university's goals is "to transform lives for the benefit of society," and it does this by providing the environment and resources you will need to develop skills and knowledge in your chosen field. As a graduate student, you will have the opportunity to study in greater depth and detail than you did as an undergraduate. You will be challenged to solve problems, explore new areas of study and go beyond the boundaries of current knowledge to make new discoveries. In addition to working with the finest faculty in the country, you will soon be well acquainted with our first-class libraries, computer facilities and research labs.
Once again, welcome to UT Austin. I wish you every success in your studies and hope to meet you personally in the near future.
Marvin L. Hackert
Dean of Graduate Studies, ad interim
About Dean Hackert
Dr. Hackert is the William Shive Centennial Professor in Biochemistry within the Department of Molecular Biosciences. His research interests are in structural molecular biology. In addition to his teaching and research, he is a former graduate adviser, served as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1995 to 2000, and was past chair of both the Faculty Council and Graduate Assembly. He was elected president of the International Union of Crystallography in 2014.