Undergraduate Research

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Have you ever considered getting involved in undergraduate research or are curious about graduate school? Would you like to connect the things you're learning in the classroom to solving real world problems?

Undergraduate research experiences in the Cockrell School teach young engineering students to work collaboratively, think critically and problem-solve creatively. These unique opportunities prepare students for graduate study and engineering careers. There are several ways for Texas Engineering undergraduates to get involved in research.

Resources, Programs and Organizations For Students

  • EUREKA (Enhancing Undergraduate Research, Experience, Knowledge and Access) is the university's central undergraduate research information resource.
  • Office of Undergraduate Research hosts information sessions and provides guidance to students looking to get involved.
  • Undergraduate Research Week is an annual event for students to learn about the research opportunities at UT Austin and to showcase their work.
  • Graduates Linking with Undergraduates in Engineering connects undergraduate engineering students with graduate student mentors to learn introductory, practical research skills.
  • Texas Research Experience connects upper division engineering students with faculty to participate and engage in research.
  • Student groups LAUNCH, which is for students interested in liberal arts research, and SURGe, a broad group focused on promoting involvement in scientific research on campus.
  • The National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates provides opportunities for students to contribute to ongoing research projects at other universities or research sites around the world.
  • The national Council on Undergraduate Research hosts an annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill to provide students the opportunity to showcase their research projects for members of Congress.
  • Additionally, Cockrell School undergraduates interested in research should connect with their departmental advisers, identify research projects or areas of interest, talk with graduate students and other undergraduates about their experiences and be proactive about asking to meet with faculty members.

Congratulations to the research poster competition winners. As part of Undergraduate Research Week, the Cockrell School of Engineering hosted its annual research poster competition on April 9, 2014. Faculty and graduate students judged the engineering students participating in the poster competition on content, clarity and uniqueness. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three posters in both the underclassmen and upperclassmen divisions.

Underclassman Winners

Allison Wagman, 1st place

Allison Wagman standing in front of her first place poster

William Conrad Beck, 2nd place

William Beck standing in front of his second place poster

Ankit Sharma, 3rd place

Ankit Sharma standing in front of his third place poster


Upperclassman Winners

Noor Momin, 1st place

Noor Momin standing in front of her first place poster

Emily Fung, 2nd place

Emily Fung standing in front of her second place poster

Karthik Choutagunta and Jeffrey Self, 3rd place tie

Karthik Choutagunta standing in front of his third place tie poster

Jeffrey Self standing in front of his third place tie poster

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