Center for Research, Experiential, Artistic & Transformative Education
Located in the Wright Campus Center, Room 204, CREATE helps administer opportunities for Undergraduate Research (UR) for the students of Austin College. There are several different programs to get involved with research via the classroom or independently, and students can choose from group or individual research projects. Each project will have a mentoring faculty member to guide students through the process and opportunities throughout the year for students to show their work and share their knowledge.
What does Undergraduate Research (UR) mean at Austin College? Any inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student and mentored by a faculty member that includes original intellectual or creative work that is communicated with a scholarly context.
Mission: To advance opportunities, both curricular and co-curricular, for undergraduate students to engage in mentored research, creative inquiry, scholarship, and professional experience throughout the College community. CREATE is the primary campus resource for students and faculty seeking guidance or support related to each of these activities.
For me, the most exciting part of attending the ASCB-EMBO conference was seeing all of the new technologies that were available for molecular biology research. I got to see and learn about many of these new techniques, which was a huge eye-opener with regards to what is possible in terms of potential experiments. Before attending… [Read More]
Major: Biology Minor: Spanish I started my research in Dr. Aiello’s lab during Jan Term of this year. The opportunity to present a poster at a conference after only 3 months of research seemed intimidating, yet exciting. I was really anxious about this conference. I had never taken a genetics course and already felt a… [Read More]
Major: Economics, Political Science From: Frisco, TX Attending the Economic Scholars Program at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as both a researcher and Austin College student was especially rewarding. Austin College, more specifically Dr. Nuckols’, relationship with the ESP represents a long-standing tradition of quality scholarship and discussion stemming from our campus. Seeing Dr.… [Read More]
Major: Biology & French Minor: Chemistry From: Lufkin, TX I work in the Aiello lab, and presenting our work at conferences is a requirement to remain a member in good standing. I was invited to present my work at the South Eastern Regional Yeast Meeting (SERYM), although there are a number of conferences we attend.… [Read More]
Major: Public Health Minors: Neuroscience, Leadership Studies From: Plano, TX Research background: I have been active in research for three years, completing research projects in Neuroscience, Psychology, Community Health, and Civic Engagement. Her Neuroscience research was published in the peer-reviewed, on-campus research journal ACUMEN in 2018. Kylie successfully defended her Public Health Honors Thesis identifying the… [Read More]
Major: Biology with Concentration and Public Health From: Austin, TX Texas Genetics Society was the first research conference I had ever attended. Going in, I did not know what to expect and was a little nervous to present our poster to graduate and postdoc students. During the conference, we attended all the presentations given by… [Read More]
Major : Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures – Bio: Blair is a senior double majoring in Psychology and East Asian Languages & Cultures. She has been a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Ian MacFarlane for three years and her own research has focused on mental health and services in Japan. Over… [Read More]
Major: Political Science, History, and Spanish – Bio: Brady is a senior at AC from Whitesboro, Texas and I am a triple major in Political Science, History, and Spanish. While at AC I have been an RA, C/L, tour guide, and a Student Assembly representative. Besides my extracurricular involvement on campus I have been able… [Read More]
Major: Physics – Minor: Math and Chemistry – Bio: Amy is a senior majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics and chemistry. From a young age, I was drawn to the stars, and by the time I was a teenager, I knew that I wanted to study astronomy. Knowing how beautiful and mysterious the universe… [Read More]
Major: Biology – Minor: Neuroscience – Bio: George S. Melchor, Jr. graduated from Austin College in January 2017, with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Neuroscience. He originally transferred to Austin College from Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde, Texas, in the pursuit of a robust education in the biological sciences. While attending,… [Read More]
Celebrations of Undergraduate Research
Check out what our students are doing in their research at Austin College!