IE Pre-Graduate School Internship Course

October 9th, 2015

Dear UT Undergraduates:

With registration for next semester coming up in a few weeks, let me tell you about an exciting internship course.

Are you thinking about whether graduate school is in your future?  Are you uncertain about what it would be like to be a graduate student and what academic program may be suited best to your interests and career goals?

If your answer to these questions is yes, you may wish to consider undertaking the Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) “Pre-Graduate School Internship.”  This internship is open to students in all UT colleges/schools and departments.  You may earn one, two or three hours of academic credit (CMS 164M/264M/364M) by participating in the internship.

You may read more about this program (including FAQ’s, examples

of internship activities and an easy to complete internship contract) on the web:

You may also be eligible for a Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Award. This award is designed to encourage both first generation and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students to pursue their academic passions and to seriously consider graduate study.

The awards will be in the form of $1,000 stipends offered to a select number of qualified undergraduate interns. The award is intended to support and encourage students to pursue opportunities that further enrich the Pre-Graduate School Internship experience. (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.)

In addition, each intern’s graduate mentor will be awarded a matching $1,000 stipend through the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

For more information about this award, please go to:

A wonderful video about IE is at:

If after examining these materials you have questions, please feel free to contact me at:

NOTE: Because of the generosity of several UT deans, undergraduates who do their pre-grad internship in programs in the following colleges will be eligible to receive travel grants to help cover part of the cost of attending an academic conference (with their grad mentor)– Law, Public

Affairs, Communication, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Pharmacy, Business, Social Work, Education, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts.


Rick Cherwitz

Professor and IE Director


Richard Cherwitz, Ph.D.

Ernest S. Sharpe Centennial Professor, Moody College of Communication

Founder and Director, Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium (IE)

Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement

CMA 7.118B

The University of Texas 1 University Station A1105

Austin, Texas 78712

VOICE: (512) 471-1939   FAX: (512) 471-3504




Talk: Fictionality, Historicity, and the Conception of “Literature” in Modern China, 1920s – 1940s

October 8th, 2015

This Friday, October 9th at 3:30 (reception starting at 3:00pm) in the Meyerson Conference room, Iris Ma will be giving a talk entitled “Fictionality, Historicity, and the Conception of “Literature” in Modern China, 1920s-1940s.” Please join us!

Iris Ma

BIO 371L Open to all Majors

October 8th, 2015

 BIO 371L –  EXPERIMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY  is now open for registration by non-BIO majors and students outside the College of Natural Sciences.

Instructor:  Peter English, PHD

Dr. English says:  “The skills in this course have proven extremely useful for students who go to med school.  I get letters all the time about how this course fundamentally changed their thought processes that makes these students more successful.”

Course Description:

Experimental approach to physiological mechanisms by which animals adapt to their environment.

Prerequisite:  Biology 205L, 206L, 208L, or 226L with a grade of at least C-; and Biology 325 or 325H with a grade of at least C-.

Qualifies for 3 Flags:  Writing, Independent Inquiry, and Quantitative Reasoning

From Dr. English :

“The most important learning outcomes for 371L are:

  • Actual use of biostatistics from the design of the experiment to the analysis and presentation of answers.
  • Critical use of literature such that using primary sources becomes a normal activity.
  • In-lab intellectual challenges that require thought and effort.
  • Sharpening expectations of what constitutes knowledge (no more approximate knowledge).
  • Confidence in writing scientific articles.
  • In many cases failing an activity, picking oneself up, and succeeding.

Other info:

  • I attend all labs and control the learning environment – this is on a primarily TA-based lab.
  • It is a fully inquiry-based course in which basically anyone who tries can succeed.
  • Every lab is student designed.”

If you have questions about the course and whether it is appropriate for you, please contact Dr. English.

HPO Update: MicroBIO courses

October 8th, 2015


BIO 326R –General Microbiology is available to Pre-Health Professions students in all majors and is accepted by the health professions schools to satisfy the microbiology lecture prerequisite.

Starting in Spring 2016, BIO 326M – Intro to Medical Microbiology and Immunology will be restricted to Nursing, Public Health, and Medical Laboratory Science majors.


The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy has informed the Health Professions Office that they will accept either BIO 326R or BIO 326M.  Starting in spring 2016, most pre-pharmacy students will be taking 326R + the 226L lab to satisfy the microbiology requirement.


For school requirements, see the prerequisite courses document on the appropriate pre-health professions pathway page.

NON-SCIENCE MAJORS taking Pre-HP science courses:

Registering for the Pre-Health Professions Certificate makes you eligible to register in Pre-HP courses required by your professional schools.

Go to and click on  CLICK TO APPLY HERE.  

For questions about the certificate, contact the certificate advisor.

Undergraduate Research Grant

October 8th, 2015

The Undergraduate Research Committee has released the application for the Fall 2015 Undergraduate Research Grant.

Each semester, the grant aims to provide an undergraduate $1,000 to assist in their research. Students will be evaluated by a panel consisting of seven faculty members. We hope to promote the research mission of the University of Texas at Austin by encouraging students to become involved in research in their undergraduate careers.

Students can access the application at

Deadline to apply is Nov. 2nd at 11:45 p.m.

Conversation Partners at the House of Tutors

October 6th, 2015

The House of Tutors is seeking American students studying Korean and Chinese to participate in a language exchange / conversation partner program with international students studying English. The idea is to pair-up the students who will meet weekly to help one another in their second-language.

Our first organizational meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, October 7 at 4:00 pm at House of Tutors (2400 Pearl Street), just a few blocks from campus.

Interested students should call or email me directly at or 512-472-6666 for more information.


Alex McLelland

Marketing Coordinator

Intensive American English Institute

2400 Pearl Street | Austin, TX 78705



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Career Fair Prep and Strategies Workshop/Fall 2015 Career and Internship Fair

October 1st, 2015

Liberal Arts Students – – 

Don’t miss out on our career fair prep workshops next week (in-person and webinar) to help you make a positive impression with recruiting employers.

Making the Most of the Career & Internship Fair

In-person Workshops |  Monday, October 5 |12-1pm | 2-3pm | FAC 18

Webinar | Monday, October 5 | 5-6pm

Description: Do you want to know how to talk with employers and create opportunities for yourself at the Fall 2015 Career & Internship Fair on October 7? If so, this workshop is for you! Attend this workshop to learn what works and doesn’t work at a Career Fair and what employers are really looking for. We will address the following topics:

  • How to make the best first impression
  • What questions you should ask employers
  • Who will be there and what they are looking for
  • How to follow up after the event

Career Fair Walk-In Advising

LACS is offering all walk-in advising during the two days prior to the fair. Pop in for last-minute resume and career fair help, no appointment necessary. Monday, October 5 & Tuesday, October 6 |  9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Liberal Arts Career Services | FAC 18

LACS Roadshow

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 | 12 noon – 1 p.m. | CLA Main Entrance

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 12 noon – 1 p.m. | CLA Main Entrance

Thursday, October 1, 2015 | 12 noon – 1 p.m. | CLA Main Entrance

Fall 2015 Career & Internship Fair

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Location: Texas Union Ballroom, The University of Texas at Austin

Co-Hosted by: Liberal Arts Career Services & Liberal Arts Council

Attire: Professional attire required (no jeans, shorts, running shoes/sneakers or flip flops; visit our Dress for Success page to learn more about professional attire.)

Employers: Meet recruiters from a variety of companies and organizations, including Amazon, Teach For America, National Instruments, Dell, US State Department, Equal Justice Center, National Security Agency, and more! Search the full list of attending employers.

Join our Facebook event here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

UT Austin Graduate School Fair: October 6, 2015

October 1st, 2015

We invite you to meet representatives from graduate programs across the country and around the world at the UT Austin Graduate School Fair, October 6 from 10am – 2pm in the Texas Union Ballroom. Over 70 programs will be in attendance, with more signing up!

Visit the Event Page for a full list of represented programs, and for more updates.

During the Grad Fair, there will be panel discussions with UT faculty and with current grad students. The panels will talk about the benefits, challenges, and realities of graduate school, to help you decide if grad school is for you! Join us in the Santa Rita Suite from 10:30 – 11:30am and from 12:30 – 1:30pm.  Student and faculty panels will be held simultaneously, and you are welcome to attend one or both sessions!

Both events are free and open to all students! Click here to register. Registration is encouraged but not required.

Graduate School Fair

October 6


Texas Union Ballroom

Is Grad School For Me?  

October 6



Santa Rita Suite (Texas Union)

Faculty panel: Hear from faculty members in different areas who can tell you what they look for in successful applicants, how they select students, and the different kinds of funding available to students.

Student panel: Current graduate students can tell you what it is like to be a graduate student on the UT campus.  They can also give tips on how to apply to graduate schools and what to expect when dealing with programs.

The Graduate School Fair is sponsored by the Graduate Coordinator Network at UT Austin.

JET Program Info Session

October 1st, 2015

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program will be on campus for an Information Session on Tuesday, Oct. 6th.

When: 5:00 – 6:00

Where: CLA 0.102

Click on flyer for more details.

JET Program flyer

Study Abroad Info Session for Programs in Asia

September 28th, 2015

How will you enhance your education and advance your professional development? With UT Study Abroad, you can earn UT credit for major requirements and distinguish yourself through access to world-class facilities, faculty, and international partnerships.

UT has active programs in nine countries in Asia, including the two largest economies in the world–China and Japan. Learn about the different options available to you, what programs will earn you the credits you need, and how to fund your entire experience abroad.

The Study Abroad office is committed to supporting the development of global awareness and competency for all UT students. Come learn about studying in Asia today!

When: September 29, 2015 5:00 p.m – 6:00 p.m.

Where: JES A207A