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Virus Discovery Offers Clues About Origins of Complex Life

June 27, 2022

The first discovery of viruses infecting a group of microbes that may include the ancestors of all complex life has been found, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin report in Nature Microbiology. The latest research, by Ian Rambo (a former doctoral student at UT Austin) and other members of Brett Baker’s lab, sheds light on how viruses, too, might have played a role in this billions-year-old history.

UT Among Top Schools for NSF Research Awards

June 21, 2022

New data from the National Science Foundation shows that The University of Texas at Austin is No. 1 in Texas and among the top 10 universities in the country for research awards that are financially supported by the NSF. The NSF funds cover the costs of research scientists, postdoctoral researchers and graduate student fellowships to carry out this work.

A Fellowship and Phone Call: Ph.D. Alumnus Journeys Beyond Tenure Track

June 20, 2022

Frank Goodyear had every intention of becoming a professor after receiving his Ph.D. in American studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 1998. That is until a well-timed fellowship opportunity and one-of-a-kind job offer directed him down a new career path.

Today, the knowledge Frank gained as a Ph.D. student continues to shape his career as he serves as co-director at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art—a position he shares with his wife Anne, whom he met over 20 years ago in a photography seminar at UT while she was pursuing her Ph.D. in Art History.

UT Joins Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities

June 9, 2022

With a goal to increase opportunity for those historically underserved by higher education, The University of Texas at Austin and 19 of the nation’s top research universities will form the Alliance of Hispanic Serving Research Universities.

End-of-Semester Updates for Graduate Students

May 19, 2022

Now that the semester is winding down, I wanted to congratulate you on completing a successful academic year and wish you a happy, productive summer. Whether you are graduating or continuing your studies, you have shown great resolve and dedication during this past year. Below, please find some updates with news and resources for graduate students leading into the summer.

UT Austin Master’s Alumna Wins Pulitzer Prize in History

May 17, 2022

UT Austin History alumna Ada Ferrer (M.A., ’88) has been awarded the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book “Cuba: An American History,” a study of Cuba and its complex ties to the United States. Earlier this year, the book also won the Los Angeles Book Prize in History.

Graduate School Announces 2022 Award Winners

May 4, 2022

The Graduate School has announced the 2022 winners of its professional and student awards. 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. 

Grad Students Play Key Role in the Development of COVID-19 Vaccine

Feb. 11, 2022

As the world began to lock down in the early months of 2020 at the onset of COVID-19, researchers in the McLellan Lab at The University of Texas at Austin were furiously at work. 

Campus Resources & Spring Updates for Grad Students

Feb. 2, 2022

Dear Graduate Students: I’d like to welcome you back to campus for the spring semester and provide some updates as in-person classes resume. I know that we still face many uncertainties about the course of the pandemic, but I appreciate your continued dedication to scholarship, research and teaching at the university.

Michener Fellow’s Novel Named Oprah Book Club Selection

Jan. 27, 2022

When Nathan Harris arrived at the Michener Center for Writers, he had already begun writing his now best-selling novel, “The Sweetness of Water.”

As a Michener Fellow, Harris spent his time in the program finishing and refining it with the encouragement and feedback from faculty members and fellow students. By the start of his third year, he had made the novel his dissertation and secured a book deal.