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Students across Undergraduate Studies programs are exploring new interests, gaining experience through research and internships, and taking leadership roles across the Forty Acres. Click on any student to learn more about his or her School of Undergraduate Studies experience.

Lauren Fedele
Urban Studies and Geography
Spanish

Lauren received the 2014 President’s Student Employee of the Year Award for her hard work in Facilities Services and the Campus Environmental Center. Lauren spent three semesters as an Undergraduate Studies student before declaring...

“Do not be discouraged that you are undeclared while everyone else has declared a major. Everyone as a freshmen is unsure of their future and what they want to do. Use this time to explore your interests.”

Laura Herbert
Geography

Laura Hebert, an Environment BDP student spent fall 2013 researching the City of Austin’s recycling plan and how it will affect bars and businesses in downtown Austin.

“I always thought that I wanted to do research as an undergraduate student, but BDP helped tremendously in motivating me to actually do it.”

Lillian Lin
Nursing (Honors)

Lillian’s undergraduate research topic is Factors Affecting Weight Management in College Students Living in Dormitories.

“Participating in research has put me into a leadership role amongst the peers in my class.”

Kristin Cummins
Government

Kristin’s undergraduate research topic is Tipping Points in Public Policy

“This program has prepared me for law school, but it also opened my eyes to various other fields that I am now interested in.”

Jene Shepard
Government
English

Jene has worked as a Peer Academic Coach at the Sanger Learning Center since fall 2011. In that time, she has helped countless students gain important study skills necessary to succeed in their classes.

“My most rewarding experiences as a peer academic coach are when I hear how students’ grades have improved because of the work that we have done together.”

Alexandra Arambula
Biomedical Engineering, Plan II

For the past three and a half years, Alexandra has participated in the PLUS program. Now as a senior preceptor, Alexandra helps new preceptors improve their facilitation skills.

“I often find myself learning valuable interpersonal skills and problem-solving abilities from my preceptors.”

Haley Edmondson
Undeclared

Haley’s hard work and academic achievements have earned her the title of College Scholar. Haley entered UT as a geology major, but transferred to UGS where she explored her options and...

“Work hard but relax. Grades are not everything, and it is more important to find what you love and do it. Do everything with excellence.”