Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Students Make Waves with Innovative Research Projects

April 9, 2014

The objective of the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship is to connect undergraduates with faculty and veteran graduate students in their field of study to explore those unique aspects of graduate study that make it distinct from the undergraduate experience. The support of and investment in these students has led to exciting endeavors which allow students to explore their passions and academic interests while still achieving their undergraduate degrees. IE Citizen Scholars Sana Naiyer and Jelis Robinson’s work is being featured this month by the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Communications Sciences and Disorder major Sana Naiyer has spent most of 2013 and 2014 exploring the AsSaya_Naiyer2sessment and Treatment of Speech Sound Disorders in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. “I really enjoy being able to work with children with ASD during study sessions, which is where we collect speech samples to later analyze,” she shared. “Another rewarding aspect was being able to make valuable connections with other students and professors. My faculty supervisors are great mentors.”


Fellow program participant and IE Citizen Scholars President, Jelisa Robinson has focused her research on Jeslisa_RobinsonArtistic Expressions, Across Diasporas. The topic explored the social conditions in many parts of the world and the present cultural boundaries expressed through the arts. “I did a comparative study on the struggles of Black artists in Brazil and the United States,” Robinson explained. “I interned with the Akoben Movement, a Black arts movement, where I got the chance to hear the stories of the artists in the organization. It was there I realized that people of color in the arts in the U.S. have some of the same challenges as artists in Brazil.”

To learn more about the incredible research taking place at The University of Texas at Austin at the undergraduate level or to learn more about the DDCE sponsored IE Pre-Grad program visit:

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