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Click on any student to learn more about his or her School of Undergraduate Studies experience.

Jeff Brown
Economics

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Jeff Brown worked on a business plan for Traction Jack, LLC, a company that he co-founded with a friend while...

“I recommend talking to as many people as possible on this wonderful campus. There is someone, somewhere on this campus that can help you get to where you want to be.”

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.”

Birjis Mukardamwala
Chemistry
UTeach Certification

As a chemistry tutor, Birjis helps students master difficult concepts and course material.

“Academic success has more to do with personal satisfaction than most people acknowledge.”

Cody Lee
English

Cody’s undergraduate research topic is Nature, Divinity, and Ecology in Cormac McCarthy’s The Crossing.

“I think people underestimate how much research good fiction writers, such as [Cormac] McCarthy, actually do.”

Valerie Finstad
Undeclared

Valerie’s outstanding academic record has earned her the title of College Scholar. Shakeel entered UT as an undeclared student in UGS to explore different fields. She now plans to major in biology,...

“Think a lot about multiple majors. Find a career where lifestyle, schooling, passion, and purpose all intersect and go after it ferociously.”

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.”

Adria Fernandez
Undeclared

Adria’s hard work and academic achievements earned her the title of College Scholar. Adria initially wanted to study engineering, but through UGS she explored her options and discovered a...

“Be open to take different courses and get involved in different organizations. There is something out there for you, and sometimes it is what you least expect.”