Research Week showcases a broad range of undergraduate work from UT Austin’s vast community of research and creative work. The events provide undergraduates with an arena to present research. The series also connects undergraduates who aren’t yet involved with some of the ways they can participate in research at one of the country’s premier research institutions.
Research occurs in every college and school at the University of Texas at Austin, and every undergraduate can participate. Undergraduates can get involved by assisting in a faculty research project or pursuing an independent research project. Independent projects are typically honors theses, though other students do work with faculty advisors to complete research projects. For more ways to get involved specific to your discipline, please contact the Undergraduate Research Office.
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Research Week collects a wide variety of events: students from many disciplines present work about many topics. Here are a few highlights. Please take a look at the full schedule.
Longhorn Research Bazaar
Colleges, departments, research units, programs, and student organizations from across campus provide information about undergraduate research activities and opportunities. Refreshments, free t-shirts, and other fun giveaways are provided. More
Design VI Exhibit
Monday, April 15-Friday, April 19
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Design VI is a comprehensive studio during which students conceptualize the development of a building while considering structural, mechanical, electrical, and site integration needs. An understanding of how systems work independently, as well as a whole, is critical to the creation of a working building, and ultimately, an exemplary work of architecture.
During the spring of 2012 this studio focused on the design and development of a new Rowing Center on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.The project explored the spatial, material, and tectonic relationship between land, water, and the human body. The static nature of the land, dynamic quality of the water, and obligatory movement of the body served as a basis for design exploration. Through research, students learned about the site, architectural precedents, the history of rowing, and the technology and craft of rowing shell construction, with the hope that a thorough investigation of these issues would inspire alternative production processes and generate unconventional design solutions.
D.T. Max: Researching David Foster Wallace
Tuesday, April 16
1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
D.T. Max, a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine, will discuss his research in the David Foster Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center. The research Max conducted at the HRC was essential to completing his new book, a biography of Wallace entitled “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace.”
Power Up Research
Thursday, April 18
President Powers will speak about the importance and benefits of undergraduate research. Come interact with a panel of five award-winning faculty members speaking on the benefits of undergraduate research: