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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.

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.”

Farah Mithani
Urban Studies

Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship BDP student Farah Mitahni spent the summer of 2013 interning with Pendulum Social Innovation Consulting, a firm that works with non-profit and for-profit social enterprises.

“From my Connecting Experience, I have learned that innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship are all aspects that can create significant change in the world.”

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.”

Isabel_Torrealba
Anthropology and Psychology

Isabel’s undergraduate research topic is The Chile Pasilla Mixe: the Exception to an Economic Theory.

“[The most rewarding part of my research experience is] having the opportunity to develop something that is solely mine.”

Whitney Seifert
Physics

As a tutor at the Sanger Learning Center, Whitney explores different ways to break down challenging concepts and facilitate the learning process.

“It’s rewarding to see students begin to connect the dots between different topics and subjects, making new material seem less foreign.”

René Castro
Theatre & Dance, Journalism

Inspired by a book he stumbled upon at a book fair, senior René Castro spent his summer conducting research on the experiences of journalists covering conflict in Mexico. Through firsthand interviews, René learned about the complexities of the challenges facing Mexico today. René will graduate...

“I am now leaning towards going to law school to focus on international humanitarian law. Before joining the BDP and doing this Connecting Experience, I would never have dreamed of doing such a thing…”

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.”