• Strait Talk – The Strait of Malacca

    Linking the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Strait of Malacca is a definite contender for the most important strait in the world. It’s exceptional how the world’s major economies are reliant on a tiny stretch of water to transport their inputs and outputs.

  • A Decentralized Internet

    On August 17, 2017, in a swift surge of horrific wind, rain, and fury, Hurricane Harvey hit the coast of Texas, devastating the Gulf Coast with a torrential downpour of nearly twenty-seven trillion gallons of water and knocking out a wide swath of internet infrastructure. It was in this destruction, however, that an alternative appeared that might be able to minimize the problems caused by damaged internet infrastructure in future natural disasters: consider mesh networks.

  • The Emergence of American Wotagei

    The Japanese entertainment industry is vastly different from the entertainment industry in America. Idol groups such as AKB48, Morning Musume, and Momiro Clover Z consist of girls trained to exert a kawaii, or cute, aesthetic and function as role models for the young people that support them.

  • Quali-tea Boba: An Inside Look Into The Boba Experience

    With about 83% of American adults consuming it annually, coffee has become a major aspect of the American way of life, being consumed for study, caffeination, and relaxation. But this staple is facing competition from a curiously unique, highly customizable, and increasingly popular drink from Taiwan – boba tea.

“A Terrific Addition”: The Texas Undergraduate Research Journal

About Us

The Texas Undergraduate Research Journal is a work of multi-disciplinary research produced and edited by University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students. The Journal is published every spring semester, circulated across campus, and housed in the Library of Congress. We are sponsored by the Undergraduate Writing Center.

Throughout the year, the URJ sponsors events that increase student participation in research across campus. This organization engages students with researchers in academia and in industry by annually hosting research panels. The URJ’s presence on campus extends beyond a yearly publication to include research awareness and education.

The Pioneer is the Texas Undergraduate Research Journal’s bi-weekly op-ed. Written and edited by the URJ staff, The Pioneer highlights research from a wide range of disciplines, with a focus on undergraduate experiences and opportunities.

The URJ editors extend their gratitude to our sponsors for their endless support and guidance: