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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.

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.”

Kassandra García
Psychology
Business Foundations Certificate

For the past four years, Kassandra García has provided front desk support in UGS with a kind smile for everyone she meets.

“Seeing students come out from their appointments with a sense of direction is very rewarding.”

Karl Bock
Government

Karl’s undergraduate research topic is Print Media Tone and Public Polling in the 2012 Presidential Election

“I would highly recommend that students who have the opportunity to get involved in research take it, as it is a challenging but very rewarding experience.”

Shaun_Lane
Visual Art Studies

Shaun’s undergraduate research topic is Integrating Modern Technology into the Art Classroom/ What Role Does Ethics Play in the Art Classroom?

“Participating in research has given me a sense of ownership and control over my educational experience as an undergraduate at UT.”

Owais Durrani
Government and Biology

Owais’s undergraduate research topic is The Effect of Committee Assignments On Electoral Success for Members of the US House.

“Having participated in biological research as well as research in Government, I was truly surprised by how many similarities exist between the two.”

Thomas "Trey" Grothouse
Undeclared

Due to Trey’s outstanding academic achievements, he is the first Undergraduate Studies student to be named a Distinguished College Scholar. Trey arrived on campus as a Health Science Honors-Biology student but...

“You have to learn to adapt to the situation. My goals and aspirations have drastically changed nearly every semester due to situations that were entirely out of my control. You can’t let these problems overwhelm you or defeat you.”

Amy Prince
Public Relations
Business Foundations Certificate

As an outreach assistant and peer academic coach, Amy helps UT students develop strong study habits and time management skills to help them reach their academic goals.

“I applied to work for the Sanger Center because I enjoy teaching and sharing knowledge with others. … I didn’t expect to learn so much about myself.”