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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.

Ivy Mestrovic
Anthropology
Theatre and Dance

Ivy spent her first two years in UGS exploring majors before discovering a European folklore class that changed everything. Now an anthropology major, Ivy will graduate this spring and begin her graduate studies in the fall.

“Everything felt open to me [in UGS] and it’s stayed that way even now. I now feel free to experiment with classes, and I don’t limit myself to classes in my major at all.”

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.”

Sateria_Lozano
Social Work and Neuroscience
Psychology

Sateria’s undergraduate research topic is How Estrogen Affects the Aging Monkey Brain as a Model for Menopause.

“Getting involved in research is a great opportunity to gain skills that can be applied to essentially any line of work.”

Kim Do
Human Biology

Kim’s undergraduate research topic is In-School Food and Beverage Marketing

“Challenges have become fun problem-solving tasks for me rather than frustrations in my research experience.”

Nathan Waters
Radio-Television-Film, Computer Science

For his Digital Arts & Media creative project, Nathan spent the summer developing a mobile video game called “The Runners.” Set in an urban landscape, Nathan leads the player through a zombie chase.

“Since diving into the art form of video games, I have had a drive to learn everything I can about the medium. This has taken me from reading about everything from the psychology of horror to the nuance of typography.” 


Duan Quach
Nutritional Science

Duan’s undergraduate research topics is Assessment of Omega-3 Fatty Acids’ Effect on Attenuating Obesity-induced Cyclooxygenase-2 Activation and Aromatase Expression in Breast Cancer Cells and Adipose Stromal Cells.

“Research has allowed me to meet many great people with valuable knowledge and experience.”