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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.

International Graduate Applications to UT Grew 8 Percent in 2019

Nov. 21, 2019

Applications from international graduate students to The University of Texas at Austin rose by 8.3 percent for 2019, despite a recent trend of diminishing international applications at U.S. universities.

University-wide admittance and new enrollment rates also rose in 2019. Graduate programs at the university admitted 14 percent more international students and newly enrolled 7.6 percent more than in 2018.

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.

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.