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Michener Fellow's MFA Thesis Becomes Highly Anticipated Novel

July 9, 2019

A novel written by Michener Center Fellow Lara Prescott (M.F.A ’18) as her master’s thesis at UT Austin is creating a buzz leading up to its publication this fall.

“The Secrets We Kept,” which will be published by Knopf in September, is based upon the real-life story of how the CIA smuggled copies of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel “Doctor Zhivago” into Russia during the Cold War to subvert the Soviet Union.

Studying Knots and Four-Dimensional Spaces

July 9, 2019

You could say that the research of mathematics student Lisa Piccirillo (Ph.D. ’19) is from another dimension: it examines the topology and geometry of four-dimensional spaces. 

Piccirillo’s dissertation “Knot Traces and the Slice Genus,” is the winner of the 2019 Michael H. Granof Award—the university’s top dissertation and graduate student award.

Graduate School Announces 2019 Award Winners

April 30, 2019

The Graduate School has announced the 2019 winners of its professional and student awards. Generously underwritten by the University Co-op, the awards recognize excellence in graduate academics, teaching and professional services.

The winners represent a diverse community of students, scholars, teachers and administrators at the university. This year’s recipients will be honored at an awards banquet held April 30, 2019.

UT Austin Joins California Alliance To Further Diversity in Academia

Feb. 28, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin has been invited to join the California Alliance's Research Exchange Program. The Research Exchange provides underrepresented minority students opportunities to learn and network at partner institutions including University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, Caltech, Stanford University, UCLA, Harvard, University of Washington and Georgia Tech.

Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Feb. 12, 2019

On Feb. 8, 2019, the Graduate School held the finals of its Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on the UT campus, with chemical engineering Ph.D. student Kevin Reed winning first prize for his presentation, “Brewing Better Antibiotics Using Yeast.”

Professor Wins Graduate Mentorship Award from American Historical Association

Nov. 2, 2018

Mentorship is among the most important factors in the development of graduate students. Successful mentors challenge students to grow intellectually, provide personal support and guidance during their studies and help prepare them for careers as scholars.

Engineering Alumnus Brings Environmental Solutions to China

Oct. 12, 2018

Leading up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing—the first hosted by China—civil engineering alumnus Kevin Wei (M.S. ’99) saw an opportunity. 

The Chinese government had been searching for ways to improve air pollution in the city and surrounding areas for visitors, athletes and citizens. However, many environmental technologies were unavailable in the country during that time.

Wei realized there was tremendous business potential in Beijing and throughout China for the technologies that he had learned in the U.S.

Eastern Medicine’s Lessons for End-of-Life Care

Sept. 14, 2018

There’s nothing more difficult for patients, families and health care providers than end-of-life decisions. Can studying how different cultures view death and dying help make these decisions easier?

UT Austin Ranked No. 1 Producer of Research Doctorates

Sept. 12, 2018

The University of Texas at Austin is the leading producer of research doctorates in the U.S., according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the Chronicle’s examination of doctorates granted by universities during the 2016-17 academic year, UT Austin ranked No. 1 for awarding 849 doctorates in the fields of education, engineering, humanities and the arts, life sciences, mathematics and computer sciences, physical and earth sciences, and psychology and social sciences.

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