News Category: Grad Student Feature

Education Ph.D. Student Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Oct. 28, 2019

On Oct. 25, 2019, the Graduate School held the finals of its Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on the UT campus, with curriculum and instruction Ph.D. student Daniel Thomas winning first prize for his presentation, “Black Male Teachers Entangled in Pathology.”

Civil, architectural and environmental engineering Ph.D. student Farid Khosravikia was runner-up for “Dangerous Earthquakes Triggered by Humans in Central U.S.” and physics Ph.D. student Avik Roy won the People’s Choice Award for “Looking for the Li'l Ones.”

Michener Fellow's MFA Thesis Becomes Best-Selling 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 has become a New York Times bestseller.

“The Secrets We Kept,” 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.

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.”

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?

Two Michener Center Fellows Win Top Fiction Prizes

May 30, 2018

Two MFA fellows in the Michener Center for Writers have won prizes for their short fiction: Rachel Engelman won the 2018 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize for “Joan of Arc Sits Naked in Her Dorm Room,” and Desiree Evans won the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation’s 2018 Award for College Writers for “Belly

Graduate School Announces 2018 Award Winners

May 1, 2018

The Graduate School has announced the 2018 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 were honored at an awards banquet held May 1, 2018 at the University Union.