Grad Life

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Living the Longhorn Life

Explore Grad Life at UT Austin

Life as a graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin means receiving a world class education in top-ranked programs, having access to premium health and wellness resources, the opportunity to join 1,300+ student organizations and more- all while living in Austin, Texas.

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Campus Life

Campus life at UT Austin is just as dynamic as the people who live, work and learn here.

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Career & Professional Development

Access career and professional development resources, such as workshops, training, recruitment fairs and more.

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Families & Childcare

There are a number of resources, policies and staff at UT Austin to assist graduate student parents.

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Health & Wellness

UT Austin offers many resources to keep students at their peak mentally and physically.

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Housing & Transportation

Graduate students have several options for where they live, along with multiple ways to get around campus and the city.

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Student Organizations

Learn how you can get involved with student organizations on campus, such as the Graduate Student Assembly.

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    Inspired by his work at a forensic finance consulting firm before grad school, Prateek Mahajan now studies finance as a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the McCombs School of Business.
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    Inspired by his work at a forensic finance consulting firm before grad school, Prateek Mahajan now studies finance as a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the McCombs School of Business.

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    What’s grad life like in Austin, Texas? This is what a Monday afternoon in February looks like. ☀️ <br /><br />That’s it. That’s the post.
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    What’s grad life like in Austin, Texas? This is what a Monday afternoon in February looks like. ☀️

    That’s it. That’s the post.

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    Using a sociological lens, Faith Deckard’s work focuses on better understanding how people and their families navigate the criminal legal system and its aftermath. A sixth-year Ph.D.
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    Using a sociological lens, Faith Deckard’s work focuses on better understanding how people and their families navigate the criminal legal system and its aftermath. A sixth-year Ph.D.

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    Combining his interests in education and the psychology of learning, Ph.D. student Ryan A. Mata focuses on how facets of identity and culture play a role in educational trajectories and outcomes for adolescents and undergraduates. Ryan is a 2nd year Ph.D.
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    Combining his interests in education and the psychology of learning, Ph.D. student Ryan A. Mata focuses on how facets of identity and culture play a role in educational trajectories and outcomes for adolescents and undergraduates. Ryan is a 2nd year Ph.D.

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    Nirmalay Barua, today's #UTGradStudentProfile, is a 3rd year Ph.D. student from Bangladesh studying gas sensing devices in the Materials Science and Engineering program at the Cockrell School of Engineering.
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    Nirmalay Barua, today's #UTGradStudentProfile, is a 3rd year Ph.D. student from Bangladesh studying gas sensing devices in the Materials Science and Engineering program at the Cockrell School of Engineering.

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    Today's #UTGradStudentProfile, Greg Holste, has always been drawn to data analysis. Now a third-year Ph.D. student in the Cockrell School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is leveraging that skill to advance his research on medical artificial intelligence (AI).
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    Today's #UTGradStudentProfile, Greg Holste, has always been drawn to data analysis. Now a third-year Ph.D. student in the Cockrell School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, he is leveraging that skill to advance his research on medical artificial intelligence (AI).

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    Izzi Clark has always been fascinated by animal behavior and ecology. After studying wild lemurs in Madagascar as an undergrad, she became incredibly drawn to primates by their rich social lives and evolutionary proximity to humans. <br />
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    Izzi Clark has always been fascinated by animal behavior and ecology. After studying wild lemurs in Madagascar as an undergrad, she became incredibly drawn to primates by their rich social lives and evolutionary proximity to humans.

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    Today’s #UTGradStudentProfile is 5th-year Ph.D. student Ricardo Castro Agudelo, studying Latin American Literatures and Cultures in @LiberalArtsUT. In his research, he explores representations of violence in Peru and in his home country of Colombia.
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    Today’s #UTGradStudentProfile is 5th-year Ph.D. student Ricardo Castro Agudelo, studying Latin American Literatures and Cultures in @LiberalArtsUT. In his research, he explores representations of violence in Peru and in his home country of Colombia.

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    We are excited to welcome Sarah Ades as Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies beginning in the spring 2024 term. <br />
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    We are excited to welcome Sarah Ades as Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies beginning in the spring 2024 term.

Graduate Student Tour

Life in Austin

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Life in Austin is like no other. Experience live music, film and art, take a dip in the spring-fed waters of Barton Springs Pool or a hike along the Greenbelt, enjoy year-round sunshine and sample some of the best food in Texas.

Graduate Student Events

Graduate student assembly meeting
Event Status
Scheduled
Wednesday February 28, 2024, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Recurs: every 2 weeks on Wednesday at 5:30pm until Wed, May 8 2024
WCP 2.302 Legislative Assembly Room
Graduate Student Assembly meetings will be held in a hybrid format every other Wednesday from 5:30-6:30. Graduate Students can join in person or via Zoom.
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Event Status
Scheduled
Thursday February 29, 2024, 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Virtual
In the virtual session, Texas MBA and GMAC will be discussing the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) and Executive Assessment (EA), best practices for preparing for the exam, and how it compliments the holistic admissions process. Plus, attendees will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on the GMAT Official Prep Store.
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Scheduled
Thursday February 29, 2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual
Join this virtual info session if you would like to learn more about the CONNECT program and how to apply, as well as learn some tips and tricks for improving your application materials.
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Scheduled
Friday March 1, 2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Virtual
Join us to learn more about the new Summer 2024 Ph.D. Career Pathways Fellowship program, a professional development, and project-based internship opportunity for Ph.D. students in the humanities, social sciences, and arts where fellows are selected to work in community and professional organizations.
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Scheduled
Friday March 1, 2024, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Get feedback on your LinkedIn profile and advice on how to make the most of LinkedIn's features.
Open house
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Scheduled
Tuesday March 5, 2024, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Main 101
Get to know Graduate School staff and graduate students from other programs. Stop by at any time from 10 - 11:30 a.m. to say hi, meet the Graduate School team and learn about resources available to you.
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Scheduled
Tuesday March 5, 2024, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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A storytelling workshop for graduate students participating in the Graduate Teaching Showcase or Empower your Pitch
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Scheduled
Tuesday March 5, 2024, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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Learn the characteristics of an effective teaching statement —including what search committees look for —and begin drafting/refining your statement to vibrantly convey your teaching values and the instructional choices you make to help students achieve learning goals.
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UT Grad Students in the News

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Little Groundwater Recharge in Ancient Mars Aquifer, Graduate Student Discovery

Feb. 21, 2024
A discovery by Jackson School of Geosciences doctoral student Eric Hiatt shows that no matter how much rainfall fell on the surface of ancient Mars, very little of it seeped into an aquifer in the planet’s southern highlands.
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UT Postdoctoral Researcher Spreads Consumer Awareness on Chemicals Harmful to Hormones

Jan. 25, 2024
In UT’s Gore Lab, a group of researchers — affectionately called “The Gore Girls” — and their experimental rats collaborate with one another to understand how endocrine disruptors affect human hormones.
Ana Guadalupe Vielma with Dean Martinez

Passing the Torch: A First-Gen Ph.D. Candidate on Becoming a Role Model

Dec. 1, 2023
At only 25, Ana Guadalupe Vielma has already reached some remarkable academic and professional milestones. She earned her Master’s in Education in the spring of 2023 and is just a few months shy of her PhD, with a focus on Human Development, Culture, and Learning Sciences.
2023 Michael H. Granof Award Winner Will Burg

New Technologies with a Twist: Engineering Alumnus Wins Top Dissertation Prize

July 11, 2023
Dr. Will Burg’s dissertation, “Collective Quantum States in Twist Controlled Graphene Heterostructures” was awarded the 2023 Michael H. Granof Award – the Graduate School’s most prestigious honor. The contributions of his groundbreaking dissertation is widely recognized by those in the field and can potentially lead to new quantum devices for computation.
Pedro Valdez-Castro

Pedro Valdez-Castro Receives Brumley Fellowship from Strauss Center

July 5, 2023
LLILAS master’s student Pedro Valdez-Castro has been awarded a Brumley NextGen Fellowship by the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at LBJ School of Public Affairs. During academic year 2023–24, he will develop a research project within the center’s Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative and receive mentorship from its director, Stephanie Leutert.
Kimber Long next to her award-winning poster with Dean Sam Poloyac and Associate Dean John Richburg at Research Day 2023.

Graduate Student First Author on PNAS Paper

June 13, 2023
Kimberly J. Long, a Ph.D. candidate in the Dalby Lab in the Division of Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry, was a first author of a recent research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
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Fulbright Scholar Program Grants 4 UT Awards for 2023-2024

June 6, 2023
The U.S. Department of State and Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board have selected four members of The University of Texas at Austin to receive Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program awards for the 2023-2024 academic year, including one postdoctoral fellow.
Jennifer Maynard, professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at UT Austin

The Achilles Heel That Could Lead to Universal Coronavirus Treatments

May 21, 2023
Researchers behind discoveries that led to vaccines for the virus that causes COVID-19 have identified a potential Achilles heel that exists in all coronaviruses. These findings were led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.
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