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We accomplish this through academic success initiatives, leadership development, and bridging partnerships that move our students to change the world. For additional information, please visit each programs individual site or contact us via phone (512-471-1205) or email.


As the oldest of nine siblings, UT basketball player and senior accounting major, Tarale Murry works hard to be a role model to his brothers and sister.

Although he had options to play basketball at other universities, the Lehman High School graduate made the decision to stay closer to home to help his mother.

Additionally, Murry has balanced an internship, extensive school work as a McNair Scholar and a demanding schedule as an athlete throughout his academic career.

In 2013, Murry walked on the UT basketball team. Although it sounds like a constant struggle in managing priorities, Murry feels that being on the basketball team enabled him to manage time more effectively. Former UT Basketball coach Rick Barnes even said on The Longhorn Network that he had “never seen a person juggle it all” the way Murry does.

Murry said he has always had a proclivity for math and therefore decided to major in accounting, but later found that working in the corporate world was not the path he wanted to take.

“I knew I wanted to be able to help people. I thought as an accountant I wouldn’t be able to really help people directly,” Murry said.

Suddenly, a shift in his academic goals occurred after taking a few African Diaspora classes.

Murry found Dr. Louis Harrison’s African Americans In Sports class to be “culturally awakening” for him. Dr. Moore’s “Black Power Movement” was another course that inspired him too. He said the different discipline of coursework helped him realize he wanted to work to help youth and pursue a path towards obtaining his Ph.D.

That’s when the accounting major made the decision to apply to the McNair Scholars program his junior year. The McNair Scholars program selects 25 students each year to help undergraduates get on track toward a doctoral degree program. Through the McNair Scholars program Murry has been able to get experience working in research that will prepare him for graduate school.


He shared that his mother always emphasized the importance of education. Although Murry’s mother had him in high school, she made the necessary sacrifices to obtain a college degree with a young baby.

“She instilled that ‘academic identity’ in me,” Murry said.

Murry said he feels the most important thing he has gotten out of the McNair Scholars program is that it helped him discover his passion.

“When people would say ‘find your passion’–that used to not make sense to me,” Murry said. As Murry looks to UT and other out of state programs for graduate school, the idea of finding your passion makes sense now.

Being a leader and mentor is an intrinsic quality of Murry’s, and his story is one example how an academic career is more about enjoying the journey than the final destination.

Dr. Harry Gibbs to Discuss Compliance Issues in Health Care March 24

April 2, 2015

Dr. Harry Gibbs will address Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence (LCAE) students on Tuesday, March 24 as part of the LCAE Distinguished Lecture Series.  His presentation, “The Feds Are Coming:  Discussing New Compliance Issues in Health Care,” will be held in UTC 2.112A from 5-6 p.m. Gibbs is an associate professor of Medicine and Cardiovascular […]

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McNair Students Present at 17th Annual Texas McNair Conference

March 23, 2015

McNair Students Present at 17th Annual Texas McNair Conference March 4, 2015 Nine McNair Scholars (who are also in the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship program) presented at the 17th Annual Texas McNair Conference held at University of North Texas – Denton February 20-22. Twenty-two McNair Scholars from UT Austin attended the conference. Masi Deidehban, Ignacio […]

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Write on Track: New Journalism Writing Program Helps Struggling Students Turn Grades Around and Get Published

January 20, 2015

Don’t end a sentence with a preposition. Correct those dangling modifiers. Break up that run-on sentence. These basic lessons of grammar and punctuation are often ingrained in students before they enter college. But what about tightening up the “lede,” breaking down the “nutgraf” or structuring the “inverted pyramid”? These cardinal rules of reporting are often […]

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Nissa: Student Leadership Institute & Texas Thon

November 5, 2014

When Nissa Guerra was little, she would tell her mother she wanted to be a taxi cab driver so she could travel the world. In her young, innocent mind she thought cab drivers were expert travelers, venturing off to new places. But now, as a third-year International Relations and Government major, Nissa is circumventing the […]

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Changing the Story | Meet Senior Vanilla McIntosh

October 8, 2014

Corporate communication senior Vanilla McIntosh only submitted one application when it came time to apply to college three years ago. She considered two factors: a Texas school with a good football program, and a school far enough away from her family in Houston that she could experience a bit of freedom. The University of Texas […]

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Information Session: China Maymester 2015 – Oct. 8th

October 6, 2014
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Getting Involved: Student Organizations

September 29, 2014
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Bridging Opportunities for New Longhorns

September 24, 2014

Summer Bridge Program Continues to Make a Difference For most members of the 2018 class, this past summer was spent soaking up the last weeks of freedom before embarking on their college journey. But for a select group of incoming freshman, the months of July and August were spent getting a sneak peek at what […]

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Planning on Studying Abroad? Come Join Us!

September 16, 2014
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LCAE Spotlight: Aaron Llanos

February 26, 2015

  CASSANDRA JARAMILLO Senior computer science major, Aaron Llanos, admits he didn’t quite have the advanced skills for eBay, but his character got him the job. “I was definitely hired for the passion and potential [eBay] saw in me. They really liked my work,” Aaron says. The work that Aaron showed eBay was the Longhorn Center […]

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LCAE Spotlight: Taylor Turner

February 26, 2015

  CASSANDRA JARAMILLO Two extensive back surgeries can slow down nearly any person– except Taylor Turner. Taylor refused to let the spinal surgeries that halted her potential college softball career to hold her back from being successful. When she started walking before doctors expected her to gain back full control of her motor skills, she showed […]

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LCAE Spotlight: Greg Vincent

February 26, 2015

  CASSANDRA JAMARILLO Searching various jobs at companies, interviewing for positions, enjoying the last few months of being a student at the University of Texas, these are days that came sooner than expected for senior economics major Greg Vincent. But although a stressful process, Vincent says it would not have been possible without the support from […]

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