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News & Events - 2013

Undergraduate Studies Advisor Wins Vick Advising Award

The Texas Exes James W. Vick Award for Academic Advising, whose recipients are nominated and chosen solely by students, honors individuals whose outstanding advising improves the UT student experience. (read more)

Signature Course Professors Holleran Steiker and Love to Receive Teaching Excellence Award

Two Signature Course professors will receive the 2013-2014 President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award this spring. (read more)

Associate Dean Abraham to Receive the 2013 Civitatis Award

Associate Dean Larry Abraham will receive the 2013 Civitatis Award this spring in recognition of his outstanding service to the university. (read more)

Alex Arambula Named Texas Parents Outstanding Student

Alex Arambula, a FIG mentor and a PLUS senior preceptor, received Texas Parents Outstanding Student Award for her impressive academic record, commitment to service, and strong leadership.(read more)

Students Discuss Role of Technology in UT Education

Over 60 students gathered to discuss the role of online education. As flipped classrooms, MOOCs, lecture captures, and other education technologies become more prevalent, Dean Iverson sought student feedback to influence decisions made by the university administration.(read more)

UGS Council President Selected as City Hall Fellow

UGS Council president Emily Smith has been selected as a Longhorn Center for Civic Engagement-City Hall Fellow for spring 2014.President Emily (read more)

Transformative Signature Courses: Philanthropy: The Power of Giving

Philanthropy is a far-off thought for most college freshmen. The Signature Course "Philanthropy: The Power of Giving" changes that, giving first-year students real money to donate to charities.(read more)

Advising Center Dedicated to James W. Vick

The Center for Strategic Advising & Career Counseling has been renamed after James Vick.(read more)

Undergraduate Studies at Family Weekend

Associate Dean Abraham and UGS staff welcomed families at a breakfast, part of Texas Parents Association's Family Weekend. (read more)

Assistant Dean for Advising Elected to NACADA Board

The assistant dean for advising in the School of Undergraduate Studies has been elected to the board of directors for the National Academic Advising Association.(read more)

Transformative Signature Courses: Young People & Drugs

Signature Course "Young People & Drugs" removes stigma and provide insight on the complexities of addiction.(read more)

Lectures Challenge Perceptions of Disciplines and Research

Over 3,000 people attended the 2013 University Lecture Series featuring UT's finest scholars. The themes of the three lectures included: In Pursuit of Health, In the Creative Mind, and In the Lab.(read more)

2013 Reading Round-Up by the Numbers

The results of the Reading Round-Up student survey confirm that the event gives students a great head start on meeting new friends and top UT faculty. View an infographic featuring some of the results of the survey. (read more)

Student Spotlight: Horacio Villarreal

Horacio is the 2013-2014 UT student body president. He spent two semesters exploring his options as a UGS student and is now double majoring in history and government.(read more)

May 2013 BDP Graduates Set Out to Change the World

This spring, over 60 students graduated with BDP certificates. Representing more than 40 areas of study, this outstanding group of students completed 53 internships, 55 research projects, and eight creative projects. These students are now pursuing exciting educational and career paths. (read more)

Photo Gallery: Freshman Reading Round-Up

At the Round-Up, freshman discussed summer reading with distinguished UT professors. (read more)

Student Profile: Mathew Oldiges

Mathew, a nursing major, spent the summer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center as a clinical ethics intern. While shadowing physicians, he also participated in lectures exploring ethical frameworks and conducted research. He's pursuing a BDP certificate in Ethics & Leadership.(read more)

Student Profile: Jordan Metoyer

Jordan is a senior pursuing two BDP certificates: Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits and Social Inequality, Health & Policy. She’s a Rapoport Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and an Archer Fellow. This summer, Jordan interned with Public Advocates, a non-profit law firm and advocacy organization.(read more)

Alumni Feature: Global Studies BDP Alumnus Transfers BDP Principles to Career in Shanghai

Dhawal Doshi graduated in December 2009 with a degree in economics and a BDP certificate in Global Studies, with a concentration in International Development. Dhawal currently lives and works in Shanghai, China, where he is a research supervisor for an American-led retail development company.(read more)

Photo Gallery: Gone to UGS

At Gone to UGS, the class of 2017 enjoyed barbecue, befriended new classmates, took photo booth pictures with Bevo, and mingled with Undergraduate Studies staff, including academic advisors, career counselors, and the new dean, Brent Iverson. Click through to view photos from the event. (read more)

Undergraduate Studies Welcomes Class of 2017

Undergraduate Studies welcomes new students to campus with Gone to Undergraduate Studies and the Freshman Reading Round-Up.(read more)

Signature Course Connects New Students with Award-Winning Faculty

Signature Course professors' commitment to undergraduate education earns them awards and recognition.(read more)

Round-Up Professor Uncovers Shakespearean Prose

Freshman Reading Round-up professor Douglas Bruster uncovers Shakespearean prose in a Thomas Kyd play. (read more)

Meet the UGS Class of 2017

UGS welcomes our fifth batch of freshmen to the Forty Acres. (read more)

Brightest High School Seniors Arrive for Colloquium

Academic top achievers from Texas high schools spend a weekend at the Honors Colloquium. (read more)

First Day for New Dean

Dean Brent Iverson begins his first day in the School of Undergraduate Studies today.(read more)

Brent Iverson Elected President of UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers

Brent Iverson, who will begin serving as Undergraduate Studies dean on July 1, was elected president of the inaugural UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He was one of twelve outstanding educators inducted into the Academy's inaugural class on April 23.(read more)

Ancient Democracy Made Young

Signature Course students used classical traditions of debate, committees, and voting to determine six essential freedoms for a new, ideal society. Read on to learn which freedoms students selected.(read more)

Welcome New Students

Click through to find information about orientation.(read more)

Assistant Dean Herman Wins Award for Core Curriculum Innovation

The 2013 Cale McDowell Award goes to Dr. Jeanette Herman for "remarkable and significant work" in implementing campus-wide skills and experiences flags.(read more)

Congratulations to Graduating Seniors

Meet some of the graduating students who started out in the School of Undergraduate Studies and make us proud that what started here really can change the world.(read more)

Iverson Accepts Dean Position

Known for his excellence in research and teaching, Dr. Iverson has been a force for consensus on campus and in his current role as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the College of Natural Sciences. His tenure as dean begins July 1. (read more)

Students Showcase Creative Work & Research

As a part of Research Week, Bridging Disciplines Programs students will have the opportunity to showcase work from their research, internship, and creative project Connecting Experiences. BDP students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. The poster session will be from 2:30-4pm in MAI 212.(read more)

Research Week 2013 Kicks Off

Research Week showcases undergraduate work from UT Austin’s vast community of research and creative work. The events provide undergraduates with an arena to present research or find avenues for involvement, while departments, colleges, and programs showcase student achievement.(read more)

Undergraduate Studies Staff Offer Range of Assessment Perspectives

Six experts on assessment, including Dr. Cassandre Alvarado from this school, will offer perspectives on the topic through dialogue on Wednesday, April 17. (read more)

New Training for Teachers Helps Students Succeed

A new website, Making Decisions with Data, teaches educators to harness the power of data. Through gathering and analyzing data, teachers can better understand the reasons behind student performance.(read more)

The Future of News Is Digital

The University Honors Center & Plan II present Evan Smith, the Editor in Chief & CEO of the Texas Tribune. Smith will speak to students about the future of news.(read more)

Undergraduate Studies Council Throws Week-long Academic Celebration

UGS Week is a series of events that offers students enrolled in the School of Undergraduate Studies the chance to learn more about the many paths and majors at UT Austin. The week's various activities also provide a great way for students to meet with the dean and to connect with other students. (read more)

Assistant Dean Wins Research Accolades

Dr. Cassandre Alvarado works to help teachers better understand student success. She recently won best paper at a national conference for work on understanding student success dynamics & is currently working to launch a teaching website to help educators harness the power of data.(read more)

Signature Course Teaching Assistant Reflects on Lessons Learned

As a graduate student in the LBJ School, Emily Kao Kopfensteiner had never been a TA; teaching 18-year-olds was a new experience. She had to count heavily on the support of her fellow Signature Course teaching assistants & guidance of the professor. It ended up being a transformative semester.(read more)

Learning from the Best: Students Gain Career Advice from Top Event Producers

Students sat down with the owner & employees of boutique event production firm Caplan Miller. The open discussion covered everything from whether event production is as glamorous as it seems (no!) to starting your own business to whether it's ok to be friends with a client.(read more)

Forty Acres Scholarship a First for Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies will offer its first full-ride merit scholarship to a student enrolling in this school in the fall of 2014. The award is in partnership with the Texas Exes & was made possible by alumni Judy & Dudley Oldham.(read more)

Three Undergraduate Studies Staff Win President's Outstanding Staff Awards

Of the 30 staff to be recognized by this year's university-wide Outstanding Staff Awards, three are from Undergraduate Studies. Winners are: Will Grindle (University Honors Center); Kin Hau (Signature Courses); and Rose Mastrangelo (Bridging Disciplines Programs & Archer Program).(read more)

Explore Careers, Majors & Research at UT

This weekend, explore the School of Undergraduate Studies at Explore UT, the biggest open house in Texas. Click through to view all Undergraduate Studies event details.(read more)

Classroom Data Analysis Enriches Class Experiences

Eric Mazur, Ph.D., of Harvard University will speak Thursday about a new online resource being launched by a team in Undergraduate Studies, and about changing the way his students learn by analyzing data collected in the classroom. (read more)

Rewards for Core Curriculum Innovators

The McDowell award, which rewards extraordinary effort or strong individual commitment to improving the undergraduate experience at UT Austin, is now accepting nominations. The award honors Cale McDowell (BBA ’05, MPA ’06, JD ’09), a founder of this school and former Deputy to the Dean.(read more)

Grants for Students Exploring Academics & Careers

The School of Undergraduate Studies is now accepting applications for Summer Exploration Grants. The grant awards up to $2,000 to students enrolled in Undergraduate Studies whose summer plans help them explore academic & career options.(read more)

$9,000 Awarded in Course Development Competition

In collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the Center for Core Curriculum is pleased to congratulate our course competition winners. Two grand prizes were given to for creating and converting an existing course to address ethical issues through a sustainability framework. (read more)

Inaugural Dean Woodruff is "Champion" to President Powers

"Having a champion, someone who wakes up each morning & ...drive(s) change forward is critical," Powers explained. "When we wanted to make real change in undergraduate education, I appointed Paul Woodruff to be the champion, eventually becoming the inaugural dean of undergraduate studies."(read more)

First-Year Experience Honored by UT Athletics

UT Austin's Athletic Department will feature this school's First-Year Experience Office at the halftime of the Texas Basketball game on Saturday, February 9. The First-Year Experience includes programs and events that create communities during students' initial year at the university. (read more)

Tower Glows Orange in Honor of Core Curriculum Contributor

An Undergraduate Studies-nominated professor, Dr. Patrick Davis of Pharmacy, is one of five faculty being honored with a President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award for his great teaching of undergraduates in the core curriculum. (read more)