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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.”

Allison Matous

Allison’s undergraduate research topic is Dead Man Walking: An Analysis of Last Statement Testimonies of Texas Inmates.

“I had never administered my own research and was surprised how much I enjoy working on my project.”

Alyssa Chavez
Communication Sciences and Disorders

Alyssa Chavez, a Social Entrepreneurship & Non-profits BDP student, built a research project around an interest in philanthropy and concepts from her communication sciences and disorders major. Mentored by her...

“My Connecting Experience has reaffirmed my interest in working in the nonprofit sector in the speech language therapy field.”

Amanda Wilson
General Geology

Amanda’s undergraduate research topic is Paleobotany and Paleoclimate Analysis of Fossil Flora from the Elko Formation in Northeastern Nevada.

“At the beginning, my work was just a box of fossils I found while field assisting, and it is cool to see that box of rocks become something more meaningful.”

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.”

Ana Hernández
Latin American Studies, History

Ana Hernández, a student in the Human Rights & Social Justice BDP, spent her summer in Nicaragua interviewing locals and conducting archival research to develop a better understanding of land rights for the...

“I hope to become a professor of Latin American history, and this Connecting Experience has helped me find a focus for my academic studies.”

Ana Laura Rivera
Government, Spanish

Human Rights & Social Justice student Ana Laura worked on three initiatives for the Texas After Violence Project during her internship. Because of her interest in studying children and human rights, she conducted archival research and transcribed...

“I discovered the importance of making children’s voices heard so they can have an opportunity to obtain an education.”