News Category: Grad Student Feature

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. 

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.

Looking and Listening in Machine Learning

Nov. 18, 2021

Seeing is not always believing—at least not for Ph.D. alumnus Ruohan Gao, whose research in machine learning uses senses beyond just sight to inform artificial intelligence.

Gao’s work investigates how algorithms locate and understand audio-emitting objects when multiple sound sources are present. While conventional approaches to object identification in unsupervised machine learning rely solely upon visual cues, Gao’s work leverages audio as a semantic signal to disentangle object sounds in unlabeled video.

Nutritional Sciences Ph.D. Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Nov. 16, 2021

On Nov. 12, 2021, Nutritional Science Ph.D. student Vasavi Shabrish won first place in the final round of The Graduate School’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at UT. Shabrish’s presentation “Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes in Shift Work” earned her a $1,000 prize and the opportunity to advance to the regional 3MT competition in February.

Graduate School Announces 2021 Award Winners

May 3, 2021

The Graduate School has announced the 2021 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. 

Neuroscience Ph.D. Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Nov. 13, 2020

On Nov. 13, 2020, the Graduate School held the finals of its Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition virtually, with neuroscience Ph.D. student Cherish Taylor winning first prize for her presentation “SLC30A10 Protein: The Key to Discovering Treatments for Manganese-Induced Parkinsonism.”

Three Grad Students Win Fulbright-Hays Fellowships

Sept. 25, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas – Three UT Austin graduate students have been selected to receive fellowships through the Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program for the 2020-21 academic year. Additionally, one UT student has been selected as an alternate for possible funding.

Graduate School Announces 2020 Award Winners

April 24, 2020

The Graduate School has announced the 2020 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. 

Education Ph.D. Student Wins People’s Choice Award at Regional Three Minute Thesis Competition

March 12, 2020

On March 7, 2020, UT Austin Ph.D. student Daniel Thomas won the people’s choice award at the regional Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) meeting in Birmingham, Ala.