URS Partner Programs

The Aggie Creative Collective, supported by the University Writing Center, Department of English, and LAUNCH, is a summer program that links creative arts, undergraduate scholarly research, and performance. Learn more on the University Writing Center's website.

2018 - 2019
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Ashley Arabia Michelle or Michael or Whatever Dr. Lowell M. White
Reagan Ashley Candles and Thorns Dr. Lowell M. White
Allyson Nichole Bains Sanchez The Vill Chronicles: Prophecy (Publication Pending) Dr. Jason M. Harris
Adalynn L. Brock Peas, Bees, and Birds Dr. Lowell M. White
Lewis William Edwards A Thousand Golden Yesterdays Dr. Jason M. Harris
Eliza Thomas Queen of a Sun-Drenched Land Dr. Lowell M. White
Riley C. Womack "Memory's Folly: Narrative Trauma in the Aftermath of the Vietnam War" Dr. Jason M. Harris

The Glasscock Summer Scholars, supported by the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, the University Writing Center, and LAUNCH, is a summer program that expands undergraduate research in the humanities by providing an intensive summer research experience in which students are introduced to important research questions, trained in methods of research and analysis, and guided in the development of critical thinking, independent learning, and communications skills. Learn more on the Glasscock Center's website.

2018 - 2019
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Lauren Gonzalez The Evolution of Ideas about Sport through Medieval Literature Dr. Britt Mize
Morgan Knobloch Framing Feminism: How Catholic Women Use Blogging to Navigate a “Secular” Discourse on Feminism Through a Religious Lens Dr. Heidi A. Campbell
Ryan Randle Songs of the Dying Swan (Publication Pending) Dr. Britt Mize
Sarah Trcka “Quia Similia Similibus Applaudant”: Visual Variations of Genesis 3 in the Medieval Mind (Publication Pending) Dr. Britt Mize


2017 - 2018
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Sarah Kilpatrick The Guilt of the Symbol: Who Learns What in a Didactic Trial? Dr. Richard J. Golsan
James Dietz Choosing Forgiveness After Genocide Dr. Richard J. Golsan
Matthew Kiine The People v. Simpson: A Made for Court TV Drama Dr. Richard J. Golsan
Megan Collier Recreating Values: Morality in Adaptations of Beowulf for Children (Publication Pending) Dr. Britt Mize
Cody Ellis Fact from Fiction: The Evolution of the Cleopatra Legend (Publication Pending) Dr. Britt Mize


2016 - 2017
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Patrick Dolan There Will Come A Time When The People Expect War Dr. Britt Mize
Claire Nowka “What Kinship Should Mean:” An Examination of the Ethnic and Nationalist Themes Within Beowulf Adaptations (Publication Pending) Dr. Britt Mize
Clella Evans Ruth's Pedagogy: Intersections of Sexuality and Class in Somatic Metaphor and Imagery Dr. Jessica Howell
Kimberly Fayard The Picture of Social Power: A Study of the Infectious Influence of Ideology in The Picture of Dorian Gray Dr. Jessica Howell
Nicole Green Lemonade: A Gateway Drug (Publication Pending) Dr. Kirsten Pullen


2015 - 2016
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Holly Hayden Foreign Women on the Ancient Mediterranean Sea Dr. Deborah Carlson
Victoria Hodges A Journey in Chains: A Study of the Ancient Roman Slave Trade Dr. Deborah N. Carlson
Brooke Kaiser Gender Roles of the Deities at Sea in Antiquity Dr. Deborah Carlson
Jonathan Ramos Mare Fortunatum: Literary Connections Between the Sea and Fortuna in Ancient Roman Literature Dr. Deborah Carlson
Steven Ramos Sea Monsters in Ancient Greece: An Etiological and Iconographic Analysis Dr. Deborah N. Carlson
Heidi Jauregui Food Insecurity Among Minority College Students: A Real Problem? Dr. Sarah N. Gatson
Hannah Klein Everybody Eats: An Analysis of Citizenship, Minority Food Insecurity, and Community Gardens Dr. Sarah N. Gatson
Christina Owens Shapeshifter and Chameleon: Grendel as an Indicator of Cultural Fears and Anxieties Dr. Britt Mize
Erin Simoni The Role of Violence and Death in Children’s Adaptations of Beowulf from 1910-1968 Dr. Britt Mize
Kelsey Morgan Sacred and Profane: A Not-So-Southern Controversy Dr. Nandra Perry
Mary Caroline Sonnier Conversion and Conflict: Raising the Stakes Dr. Nandra Perry


2014 - 2015
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Humberto Gonzalez Nunez What To Do After The 'Death of God'?: An Analysis of Resentment and Social/Political Exclusion Dr. Daniel Conway
Steven Haug Tracing the Development of a Theory of Language through Heidegger’s Works Dr. Daniel Conway and Dr. Apostolos Vasilakis
Laura Reid Aggie by Choice; Campus Innovator by Necessity Dr. Daniel Conway
Zachary Kalmbach The Effect of Ridesharing Services on Drunk Driving Dr. Amy Glass
Amy Arndt Songs of Discord: Ballads of Revolution and Revolt Dr. Jennifer Wollock
Grace Kelly Ballad Tradition in the 21st Century: The Outlaw Ballad Dr. Jennifer Goodman Wollock
Matthew Greeson The Paradigmatic American Occupation of Germany In Comparative Perspective Dr. Adam Seipp
Patrick Robertson Sir Walter Scott Dr. Jennifer Goodman Wollock


2013 - 2014
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Christopher Black The Disenchanted: A Modern Consideration of the Transformative Force of Technicity Dr. Claire Katz
Stephanie Courtright Defining Oblivion Dr. Nathan Bracher
Desirae Embree Speaking Absence: Considering the Voice in Auschwitz Dr. Claire Elise Katz
Michael Gonzalez The Educational Potential of the Comic Hero Dr. Claire Katz
Jessi Green Staged Messages of Feminine Virtue Dr. Claire Katz
Mikayla Hall European Migrations and Their Governments in the Context of WWII Dr. Nathan Bracher
Mason Morgan Monsters in the East Dr. Nathan Bracher
Henry Sekula Nothing Works: The Enlightenment, Discourse, and the Failure of Reason Dr. Claire Katz


2012 - 2013
Student Author Thesis TItle Faculty Advisor
Marissa Madsen Dead Babies, Bowel Disturbances, and Other Combat Humor in Afghanistan and Iraq Dr. Marian Eide
Stephen O'Shea From the Land of Genesis Dr. Marian Eide

Texas A&M University undergraduate students enrolled in any discipline at the main campus in College Station or at Galveston, who apply to participate in the LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research Scholars Program, and submit a proposal to conduct research related to the marine environment, may also be eligible to apply to the Texas Sea Grant Scholars Program. We invite proposals from all disciplines including natural, physical, social, behavioral and economic sciences and engineering. Learn more at TexasSeaGrant.org.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Taylor Cubbage The Effects of Salinity and Pharmaceuticals on the Physiology of the Sheepshead Minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus) (Publication Pending) Dr. Lene Petersen
Zakary Derouen and Miranda Peterson The Recent Expansion of Invasive Tubastraea Coccinea Throughout the Northern Gulf of Mexico (Publication Pending) Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan Wang
Ashley Nicole Guentzel Differences in Resource Allocation Between Post-Mating Male and Female Olive Ridley Sea Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) (Publication Pending) Dr. Duncan MacKenzie
Sarah Hamrock Maritime Cyber Security: A Comparative Analysis of U.S. and International Regulation on AIS Data Receptors Dr. Joan Mileski
Irene Martinez Transcriptome Assembly and Characterization of the Benthic Annelid Paramphinome jeffreysii (Publication Pending) Dr. Jessica Labonté
Jordan Walker Microbial Communities and Ecosystem Recovery of Galveston Bay Post-Hurricane Harvey (Publication Pending) Dr. Jessica Labonté


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Taylor Strope The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Biodiversity and Abundance of Hydromedusae in Galveston Bay (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
William Michael Bordelon Prouse Removing the Vegetation Signature from Digital Elevation Models of Coastal Areas Surveyed by Unmanned Aerial System Photogrammetry Dr. Jens Figlus
Faith Kramer Deep Sea Corrallium Sp. in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Basal Diameter-colony Height Curve and Colony Height-age Curve  Dr. Brendan Roark 


2016 - 2017
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Katherine Adams Reproductive Histology of Blacktip Sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, in the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico (Publication Pending) Dr. David Wells
Jahna Brooks Investigation of Changing Seawater Carbonate Chemistry near Deep-Sea Coral Beds (Publication Pending) Dr. Katie Shamberger
Rachel Hamrock Population Distribution and Conservation Efforts of Common Dolphins Dr. Bernd Würsig
Catherine Risley and Tess Heywood Hydromedusae Blooms and Seasonal Biodiversity Changes in the Galveston Bay (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
Kathryn Kunz Evaluation of the Co-Evolution and Genetic Diversity of the Stag Horned Hydrocoral and its Hermit Crab Host from the Pacific and Gulf of California (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
Jesus Duran Ramirez Using Optical Properties of Dissolved Organic Matter to Discriminate Sewage Treatment Effluents from Runoff in Santa Monica Bay, California Dr. Karl Kaiser
Randall Teague Common Bottlenose Dolphin Calves Utilize Trawlers in the Galveston Ship Channel Dr. Meri Davlasheridze
Katie Westmoreland Genetic Investigations of Grass Shrimp (Palaemonetes Spp.) Populations along the Gulf of Mexico Coast Dr. Jaime Alvarado-Bremer
Aubree Jones Do Innervation Patterns of Mystacial Vibrissae in Harbor Seals, Phoca Vitulina, Explain Specialization in Trail Following Behavior? Dr. Christopher Marshall
Monika McGuinness Productivity of Spartina alterniflora in Proximity to Mangroves Dr. Anna Armitage


2015 - 2016
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Aminta Arevilca Effects of Gillnet Entanglement on Mortality of Dusky Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus)​ Dr. Hsiao-Hsuan Wang
Laura Hinson Effects of Gillnet Entanglement on Mortality of Dusky Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus) Dr. Meri Davlasheridze
Bryan Myres An Instrumentation System to Measure In-Situ Hydrodynamics during Barrier Island Overwash and Inundation Dr. Jens Figlus 
Lauren Replogle What Factors Explain Harmful Algal Blooms of Dinophysis along the Texas Coast? Dr. Lisa Campbell 
Fred Shopnitz Alternative Larval Diets and Generational Time for Gulf of Mexico Blenny Species​ Dr. Ron I Eytan 


2014 - 2015
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Iris Cato and Katherine Gillis Genetic Diversity in the Hydroid Janaria mirabilis: Possible Presence of Cryptic Species (Publication Pending) Dr. Maria Pia Miglietta
Daniela Perrigo and Ren Shirai Cryptic Species Analysis of Austrobilharzia variglandis and Mesostephanus appendiculatus in the Salt Marsh Gastropod, Cerithidea pliculosa, in Galveston Bay Dr. Anja Schulze 
Kelci Miller Aragonite Saturation State and Deep-sea Coral Distribution in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands Dr. Brendan Roark 
Jeffrey Plumlee Feeding Ecology of Coastal Sharks in the Northwest Gulf of Mexico Dr. R.J. David Wells
Andrea Martinez-Aguirre Identifying the Differences in Survivorship and Growth in Offspring of Large and Small Females in the Pipefish Species Syngnathus scovelli Dr. Adam G. Jones 
Emily Pewitt Determining the Dietary Tryptophan Requirement of Juvenile Red Drum Dr. Delbert M. Gatlin III 


2013 - 2014
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Joclyn Bosquez Acoustic Vocalizations of Dolphins and Effects of Anthropogenic Noise Dr. Bernd Würsig 
Peter Bruns Effect of Exopolymers on the Consumption of Synechococcus by Oxyrrhis marina Dr. Daniel Thornton 
Brandon Hill An Analysis of the Factors that Influence the Sargassum Migratory Loop Thomas Linton, Wesley Highfield, Melanie Moser, and Kyeong Park
Kelsey Johnson Association Patterns of Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Galveston Ship Channel, Texas Dr. Bernd Würsig 
Rachel McMahon Application of Carbohydrates and Phenols and Biomarkers to Study Dissolved Organic Matter Reservoirs in Artic Rivers Dr. Karl Kaiser 
Marissa Oldiges Trematode Prevelance as an Indicator for Galveston Marsh Health Dr. Anja Schulze 
2012 - 2013
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Joshua Carter and Raven Walker ‘Our Tables Have Suffered’: Quantifying consumer market activity of commercially valuable living resources in Chesapeake Bay, 1850-1950 Dr. Glenn Jones 
Cyrenea Millberry Association Between Shrimp Catch per Unit Effort and Environmental Variables in the Gulf of Mexico Dr. Masami Fujiwara 
Marcella Nunez The Changes in Growth and Composition af Marine Microalgae in Response to Sodium Bicarbonate and Nitrogen Dr. Antonietta Quigg 

Each year, one undergraduate Jordan Fellow is selected to work in partnership with LAUNCH in a two-year research program called L.T. Jordan Undergraduate Research Fellows. The first year of the program consists of the completion of the L.T. Jordan Fellows program, including the international research and post-trip reflection, and the second year working with a faculty mentor to write an undergraduate thesis through the Undergraduate Research Scholars thesis program. Learn more on the LT Jordan Institute's website.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Taylor Nutt Peace Within the Traumatic Narrative: The Cyclic Process to the Silence of Shell Shock Dr. Shawna Ross
2018 - 2019
Name Thesis Advisor
Harrison Richter Cameras in the United States Supreme Court: Judicial Transparency & the Obligation Thereof Dr. Linda Radzik and Prof. Meg Penrose
Sarah Claye Epperson Litigating Women: The Path to Intermediate Scrutiny in American Law (Pending Publication) Dr. Katherine Unterman and Dr. Randy Gordon

This 10-week summer undergraduate research experience sponsored by LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research in partnership with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study and the Department of Visualization provides a research-intensive, interdisciplinary summer experience that serves as a gateway into the Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) thesis program for high-achieving undergraduate students. Students have the opportunity to work closely with a Hagler Faculty Fellow in a mentored research environment. Learn more on the Hagler Institute's website.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Jasmine Derry, Lauren Hammond, Marisa Harris, Yuan-Chi Lee, and Kiara Stewart Re-Creating the Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald Dr. Jerry Tessendorf

P4CTexas is a group of dedicated educators–some more intimately connected to philosophy than others–who wish to provide an engaged relationship between the Texas universities and the Texas K-12 schools by introducing philosophy into the pre-college classroom. Students selected for the joint program with P4CTexas and LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research are provided research funds to complete a research project on the Philosophy for Children program. Learn more on the P4CTexas website.

Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Cora Drozd Pre-College Philosophy: Its Implications for American Democracy in the 21st Century (Publication Pending) Dr. Claire Katz


The Department of Residence Life at Texas A&M University serves an on-campus population of approximately 11,000 students in a variety of residence halls and apartment living spaces. The department also supports a student Research Team who specifically work on a variety of active research project(s) with the Academic Support Initiatives area of the department. Duties of Student Interns within Academic Support Initiatives are beyond those of typical student employee positions. The objective of student interns is to work with the Research Team within the department and for the student to gain valuable experience directly tied to their field of interest. Learn more on the Residence Life website.
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Corie Depue Predictive Analytics to Explain Resident Grade Point Average (Publication Pending) Dr. Lori Moore



Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
AlReem Al-Dosari Influence of Aluminum Oxide Nanofuel Additive on the Spray Performance of Conventional and Alternative Jet Fuels at High Ambient Conditions (Publication Pending) Dr. Reza Sadr
Alaa Abdalla Engineers in Qatar and Language Diversity: Applications for Transnational Engineering Education Dr. Amy Hodges
Arshad Mohamed Ali, Mohammed Hassan, and Safeer Hafeez Novel Semi-Automatic Method to Optimize Multi-Lamp High Flux Solar Simulators (Publication Pending) Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos
Sofian Ghazali, Muhammad Kamil, and Aisha Hussain Implementing VR/AR Systems for Insight into Water Desalination Plant (Publication Pending) Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos


Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Shaikha Al-Qahtani and Taif Mohamed GEM Single/Double Mask and Sensitivity Studies Dr. Othmane Bouhali
Student Author Thesis Title Faculty Advisor
Omar Ashour Maximal Intensity Higher-Order Breathers of the Nonlinear Schrödinger Equation on Different Backgrounds Dr. Siu Chin