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Graduating Senior Finds Passions in Exoplanets and Outreach

Zoe de Beurs wasn't sure what she wanted to do when she first arrived at UT Austin, but after graduating, she started a Ph.D. in Planetary Science at MIT.

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Graduating Researcher and Student Leader Grateful for Mentorship and Support

During Brett Dolotina's time at UT Austin, they advocated for LGBTQ+ students as a member of the President's Student Advisory Committee (PSAC) and were involved in the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities (SOGI) Lab.

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Longhorn Students, Researchers in the Pandemic Fight

Graduate and undergraduate students are jumping into research fighting the pandemic.

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Undergraduate Experiences in Freshman Research Initiative Deliver Lasting Benefits

A new study finds that the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) experience translates to higher earnings for participants later on.

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Alumnus Helped Usher in Age of Personal Computing and Guide Lunar Astronauts Home

Bob O'Rear said his time in graduate school on the Forty Acres made a huge mark on his career for introducing him to astrophysics and computer programming.

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Freshman Research Starts at UT, Changes the World

Exposing first-year college students to real research experiences alongside faculty scientists is something The University of Texas at Austin has been doing for a decade now through the Freshman Research Initiative.

Representatives from across the US met on the UT Austin campus recently to compare FRI-like efforts at their institutions. From left to right are: Megan Fegley (Binghamton University), Staci Rodenbusch (UT Austin), Kevin Schug (UT Arlington), Nancy Stamp (Binghamton University), Patrick Killion (University of Maryland), Erin Dolan (UT Austin), Stephen Aley (UT El Paso), and Eman Ghanem (UT Austin).


Freshmen Fight Cyber Attacks and Other Societal Threats

College freshmen involved in UT Austin's Freshman Research Initiative work in labs on the real-world problem of System Security.

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Freshman Research Initiative Alum Spotlight: Elvira Marquez

In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI), we visit with some of the alumni of the program, like Human Development and Family Sciences senior Elvira Marquez.

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