Category Archives: Undergraduate Research

Congrats to 2 engineering students taking first and second place . . .


AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas Libraries have announced the winners of the 2015 Signature Course Information Literacy Award. This award recognizes exemplary student work that achieves the learning outcomes of the Signature Course information literacy requirement. Three winners were chosen from 17 projects nominated by faculty.

Lauren Essary — a  Biomedical Engineering major in the School of Engineering — received first place for her research paper, “Homer in 18th Century America,” written for the  Signature Course “Tales of the Trojan War” (UGS 302) taught by Professor Adam Rabinowitz from the Department of Classics in the College of Liberal Arts. Essary’s work was selected for her approach to refining and developing her topic as part of the research process, her use of evidence to support her argument, and the range of primary and secondary sources with which she engaged.

Sarosh Nandwani — an Engineering Honors student majoring in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering – received second place for her paper, “Autonomy for Palestinian Women in Israel,” written for the Signature Course “Jerusalem” (UGS 303) taught by Professor Jonathan Kaplan from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Nandwani’s work was selected for her in-depth analysis of authority and methodology and her deep engagement with scholarly sources.

Laura Van Buskirk — a Biology major in the College of Natural Sciences – received third place for her paper, “Distracted Driving and How It Affects One’s Safety behind the Wheel,” written for the Signature Course “The Role of Technology Among Youth in Society and Education” (UGS 302) taught by Professor Joan Hughes from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. Van Buskirk’s work was selected for the wide range of sources she used and her approach to research and writing as cyclical and iterative processes.

All three papers have been placed in the open access University of Texas Digital Repository where they are available for review.

The award, which includes a $500 prize for the first place winner, is given annually to projects submitted in a Signature Course, and is judged by a panel consisting of librarians and members of the Undergraduate Studies staff.

Research Poster Design Workshop

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 – 3:00pm to 4:30pm

At the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) , PCL 2.400

The workshop emphasizes poster design principles; appropriate sections for a research poster; presenting your poster; understanding your audience; and evaluating a poster. This workshop or its equivalent in your program is required for all students presenting at the Longhorn Research Bazaar during Research Week.

Taught by Robert Reichle of the Office of Undergraduate Research

RSVP – limited to 14 attendees

HOW TO Request an Item from Storage

The UT Libraries own more than 8 million volumes, and we don’t have space for all of them on our shelves. Although some of our collections are located off campus, you can easily request an item or article to be sent from storage.

When you search for an item in the library catalog, you’ll see three crucial pieces of information that will let you know how to find the item. For our purposes today, we’ll focus on the column on the left. Location tells you which library owns the item and where specifically you’ll find it. You might see “Engineering Library” if the item is in the stacks, “Engineering Library Browsing Collection” if it’s on the Engineering Light shelf, or “Engineering Library Reserves” if it’s a textbook held behind the circulation desk. But what about if the record says the item is in “Library Storage”? That means the item is held off-campus at a storage facility (so you won’t find it if you come in to the library), but you can make a request to have the item sent here for pickup.

To request an item from Storage:

  1. Click on the “Request” link above the search bar.
  2. Log in with your UT EID and password, and confirm that you are requesting the correct item. In the example above, you would want to make sure you’re requesting the correct volume of the journal.
  3. Finally, select a pickup location from the list of libraries.

In three to five days, your item will be delivered to the library of your choice, and you’ll get a email letting you know it’s ready for pickup.

If you only need one or two specific journal articles, there’s a simple workaround so you don’t have to request the entire bound volume. Go to the InterLibrary Services homepage and log in with your UT EID and password (if it’s your first time using ILS, you’ll need to enter some additional information). Choose Article under New Requests and enter the citation information for your article. You’ll receive an electronic copy of the article in a few days. This service is only available for books in Library Storage, so check your item record carefully. Read the full instructions from ILS here.

Feel free to contact an Engineering Librarian if you need additional help.