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Undergraduate Researchers

Click on a researcher to learn more about his or her undergraduate research experience. View the researcher archive for profiles from previous years. Visit the student success page for stories from all Undergraduate Studies programs.

Alex Fischer
Plan II Honors, Rhetoric and Writing, and Philosophy

Alexander’s undergraduate research topic was the rhetoric used in the debate preceding the 2003 Iraq War.

“Answering a big question about which you’re passionate is fulfilling and rewarding.”

Alexander D'Jamoos
Government and Rhetoric & Writing

Alexander’s undergraduate research project analyzed the rhetoric of the Russian news media.

“I would advise to not be afraid to ask provocative questions and think outside of the box.”

Ankit Sharma
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ankit’s undergraduate research project looked at nanowalls as a potential material for light sensors.

“I’ve learned just as much about collaboration as I have about nanoelectronics.”

Ava Ibanez
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.”

Christina Kent
Economics and Mathematics

Christina traveled to Mongolia to conduct research on poverty and vocational training as part of her undergraduate research experience.

“It was extremely empowering to be able to challenge theories put forth by leading economists.”

Christine Nbemeneh
Liberal Arts Honors, Government, and Public Relations

Christine’s undergraduate research on black business history led to her becoming the founding associate editor of a new undergraduate research journal.

“We are taking the lessons we’ve learned in the classroom, conducting scholarly research, and applying it to our lives and future careers.”

Dara Oke
Computer Science
African & African Diaspora Studies

Dara’s undergraduate research consisted of a photojournalistic history of black-owned businesses in Austin.

“I’ve always been the type of person that yearned to find answers to lingering questions.”