Topic: Freshman Research Initiative

Plants: The Future of Energy?

Sept. 29, 2014
Plants: The Future of Energy?

A group of first-year students are examining the viability of switchgrass as an alternative energy source. Watch a video about diving into research through the Freshman Research Initiative.

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$2.4 Million Grant Expands UT Austin's Freshman Research Initiative

May 29, 2014

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded a $2.4 million grant to The University of Texas at Austin to expand its Freshman Research Initiative, a program that gives students the opportunity to take part in advanced research projects early in their academic careers. The grant is one of 37 that HHMI is awarding to U.S. universities today to reduce the number of students who abandon their pursuit of science and engineering degrees during college.

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Brain Power

Oct. 30, 2013
Brain Power

For more than 20 years, a collection of nearly 100 human brains went unnoticed in a closet in the back of a UT animal lab. Today, they're a valuable teaching tool. [Slideshow]

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Vintage Research

Nov. 30, 2012
Vintage Research

A chemistry professor and his team of undergraduate researchers are benefiting from $165,000 in funding from an unusual source: a class-action lawsuit over fraudulently labeled wine.

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Learning by doing

Feb. 27, 2012
Learning by doing

Having freshmen perform research doesn't just improve undergraduate learning. It convinces more students to become science majors.

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