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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.

Alex Macias
Health Promotion
Theatre and Dance

Alexandria looked all over campus for a major that fit her interests and goals. After two semesters in UGS, she declared her major in health promotion and is now a certified personal trainer. Alex is also completing a Bridging...

“There will be time to choose a major. If there are too many options for you, look into concentrations, certificates, or research opportunities—these can keep you graduating in four years and add an extra kick to your degree plan.”

Tony Keffler
Latin American Studies

Tony completed the Cultural Studies BDP certificate. Under the supervision of Dr. Frank Guridy (History), Tony researched queer Cuban migratory literature written by Cubans. Specifically, he examined how the literature captured queer...

“I have learned that working on a topic that you are passionate about makes a huge difference on the final quality of your work, but realistic and tangible goals are the key to moving forward with independent research.”

Armando Vera
International Relations and Global Studies and Corporate Communication

Armando was originally interested in business and medicine. After exploring his interests in Undergraduate Studies, he is now double majoring in international relations & global studies and corporate communication and hopes to become an entrepreneur.

“Be yourself, be flexible, and trust your heart. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The professors, staff, administrators, and students on campus are pretty willing to help a Longhorn out.”

Zaid Mahmood
Neuroscience

Zaid has helped countless students during his three years as a calculus tutor.

“It’s always satisfying to know that students left tutoring with a deeper understanding of a topic or a ‘light bulb’ moment that I witnessed in their eyes.”

Stephanie_Ahn
Human Biology

Stephanie’s undergraduate research topic is Explori