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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.

Ignacio Cruz
Communication Studies, focusing on Corporate Communication

Ignacio’s undergraduate research thesis examines the effect of technology on organizational communication.

“It’s an amazing feeling standing in front of a room of people and sharing your work.”

Jacob Spangler
Business Honors, Plan II, and Government

Jacob’s undergraduate research project related the persuasive techniques of Lyndon B. Johnson to the communication of contemporary business leaders.

“What I’ve found is that professors absolutely love to see students approach these kinds of questions on their own.”

Jennifer Huang
Nutrition Honors and Coordinated Program in Dietetics

Jennifer became involved in undergraduate research by studying disease risk and diet among firefighters.

“If you are thinking about research, try it. You will know if you like it or not by doing it.”

Jessica Thompson
Art History

Jessica traveled to Pisa, Italy, to conduct art historical undergraduate research on the city’s medieval baptistery.

“Most of my project uses photographs and primary sources that I collected myself.”

Julie Timte
Plan II Honors and Art History

Julie’s undergraduate research topic is the manuscript illuminations of Dante’s Inferno.

“I wanted to pursue an undergraduate research project because I saw it as a way to explore my interests and develop research and writing skills along the way.”

Juliette Seive
Humanities Honors, Italian, and History
Computer Science

In one of her undergraduate research projects, Juliette analyzed digital archives of jokes from World War II to better understand public sentiment.

“Research is for everyone as long as you’re interested in what you’re doing.”

Kelsey Ball
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Kelsey conducted undergraduate research using natural language processing as part of the Spanish in Texas project.

“One of the most rewarding parts of education is the interdisciplinary aspect.”