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OUR UT
(Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas at Austin)

The application process for OUR UT is now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to all that applied. Decisions regarding the fall participants will be announced before the start of the school year.

OUR UT DoS Scholars

Each year, a select group of DoS Scholars is chosen to participate in OUR UT (Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas at Austin) program. Led by Associate Dean of Students for Research, Dr. Audrey Sorrells, these undergraduate students are matched with research being conducted by the DoS Research Institute. In an effort to connect research with the practice of student affairs, projects focus on co-curricular programming affecting student performance, engagement, retention and graduation. Current topics being explored include culturally responsive practices, mentoring, judicial services and student veterans. DoS Scholars are chosen through a competitive process.


Meet 2013 DoS Scholar Joe Ramos

Research Week 2013

Longhorn Research Bazaar 2013

DoS Posters Presented:

  • You Get What You Give: A Survey Study of the Benefits of Undergraduate Mentoring (Hallie Ford, Ola Ukaoma, Joe Ramos, Heather Cole, Dr. Richard Reddick)
  • Assessing the Impact of Student Judicial Services: A Preliminary Study (Emily Seltzer, Robyn Croft, Hayden Andrews, Heather Cole)
  • Veterans Transition to Higher Education (Lucy Marolt, Aundre Wesley, Taylor Lindgren, Kayla Rhidenour, Heather Cole)

Are you a freshman at UT Austin?
Are you looking for a way to get involved with the university?
Have you ever wondered about student services on campus?
How are student affairs programs designed?
How do administrators make decisions about student life?
Why do students act the way they do on campus?
How can you get more from your undergraduate experience?


We have some interesting answers, so join us at OUR UT (Opportunities for Undergraduate Research at The University of Texas at Austin), an undergraduate research initiative supported by the Office of the Dean of Students (DoS).

Envisioned by Dean of Students, Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly, the idea for OUR UT grew out of the course transformation initiative which seeks to find ways to address retention and graduation rates; student success through involvement and engagement; learning through experience; and integrating the university's core mission—teaching, research and educational excellence—with co-curricular student development. OUR UT = resourcing with a mission, and offers unique opportunities for students to interact positively with the Office of the Dean of Students, become involved in the campus community, learn about student affairs and earn increasingly scarce scholarship money. OUR UT is spearheaded by Dr. Audrey Sorrells, Associate Dean of Students for Research in the Office of the Dean of Students and Director of the DoS Research Institute. Dr. Sorrells is also an associate professor in the College of Education.

Dedicated to informing the practice of student affairs through research, the DoS Research Institute is engaged in a variety of research studies including services for student veterans, the experiences of first-generation students and disability issues in student services, just to name a few.

OUR UT recruits freshman undergraduates interested in assisting with the Institute's research projects. OUR UT DoS Scholars are expected to dedicate 3 hours per week to taking part in the program. In exchange for your time, our program will provide you with training in undertaking research in higher education, preparing you for hands-on experience with projects sponsored by the DoS Research Institute.


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