College is a place for experimentation and experience. Juggling classes, jobs, and student organizations, there is no limit to getting involved at UT; and many students have turned to research as another avenue of exploration.
Jesse Gu is a second-year geology major in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Jesse has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in several labs since arriving on campus. He has also been actively involved with the Undergraduate Geological Society and Engineering Chamber Orchestra.
Dr. Atila Novoselac is an associate professor in Cockrell’s Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering. He’s an expert in Architectural Engineering and Building Energy and Environments and has worked on more sponsored projects (sixteen) than Novak Djoković has had Tennis Grand Slam wins (twelve).
Shayan Bhathena is a senior at The University of Texas at Austin majoring in Plan II and Human Biology. Shayan works as a peer mentor for the Biology of Biofuels stream in the Freshman Research Initiative, and is currently researching the biology of a biofuels species commonly called switchgrass, or Panicum virgatum.
In this interview with our Communications Director Diane Sun, Dr. Raghunathan draws on his research expertise and personal experiences to offer students advice on the most seemingly elusive pursuit of modern times.