The Powers Graduate Fellowship

The Powers Graduate Fellowship

(S. Ungerleider) The idea of the Powers Fellows really came out of a series of discussions. I went to President Powers and I said, “Look, I’ve arrived in my career where I feel very blessed, and I want to give something back. And (we) came up with the Powers Fellows.” Rodriguez
(V. Rodriguez) The mission of the Powers Fellows is to attract to the University of Texas the best and the brightest graduate students. Powers
(W. Powers) It is academics at the very top. Ungerleider
(S. Ungerleider) We started with two, three graduate students, and we realized that we were really sitting on a gem. Su
(J. Su) My name is Jimmy Su. I’m one of the Powers Fellows. My research here at The University of Texas involves using ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging to detect metal implants that are implanted into the human body. What drives a lot of my research is curiosity. There’s a lot that we don’t know. There’s a lot that we think we know. It’s the excitement of learning something new, and it’s this idea that what you’re working on is what no one else in the world is looking at at that very moment. Being able to see an application that actually helps people is a really great feeling. It’s very exciting to know that what you’re doing here could change the future. Rodriguez
(V. Rodriguez) Through the Powers Fellows, we can fund these graduate students that bring so much talent to the university. Powers
(W. Powers) We want to make sure students who want to come here are in a situation where we can be competitive. Stocker
(M. Stocker) My name is Michelle Stocker. I look at what animals are present in different environments and how we’re identifying those animals. And, then, what that can tell us about the other things that we do from them. Paleontology I got into as an undergrad. I’m working on phytosaurs and I’m probably one of maybe three people–anywhere, right now–that is working on those animals. Rodriguez
(V. Rodriguez) It is extraordinarily selective. Only the absolute best will receive a Powers Fellows. Powers
(W. Powers) This support is absolutely critical in attracting the best graduate students. Stocker
(M. Stocker) The best thing about the fellowship, I think, is that it’s twelve months long. It’s really rare to have funding that covers the summer months. I’ve gotten to meet a lot of the other graduate students from other departments. And I think if you can talk to people in other disciplines, it gives you a lot more ideas about what you can do for your own research and makes you more of a broader scientist. I never thought that I would get the Powers Fellowship. It just makes you feel like, “Oh, okay, the things I’ve done actually sound good to other people!” Powers
(W. Powers) They’re not just the top recruits among our graduate students. They are the top recruits across the country! Ungerleider
(S. Ungerleider) I feel very blessed to be a part of it. We have 25 Powers Fellows. I’m hoping that in a few years we’ll have 100. Powers
(W. Powers) This is one of those programs that is transformative to our university. Frank
(D. Frank) My name’s David Frank. I’m in the Philosophy department here at UT. I am extremely fascinated by human interactions with the environment and human interactions with other species. The ideal practical output of this research would be that we’re preserving a more diverse world for the next generation for the next century. The Powers Fellowship gives us an opportunity to travel, to pursue research projects on longer time scales. It also allows us to interact with other academics in our field and to network and to improve our research by talking to people outside the university. Ungerleider
(S. Ungerleider) The reason this program matters is graduate school education is not getting the support that it needs. There is a void and we need to fill this gap. Stocker
(M. Stocker) We’re all going to be the next batch of professors or researchers or museum employees that are out there doing things for the community. Powers
(W. Powers) People really need to see what these Powers Fellows are doing. Frank
(D. Frank) The Powers Fellowship gives me an opportunity to try to live up to an ideal with my research. Rodriguez
(V. Rodriguez) One of the most important goals is to expand this program as much as we can. Su
(J. Su) It continues the high quality of research that UT is known for in many departments, not just one. Ungerleider
(S. Ungerleider) These are scholars who really are going to have a huge impact in many walks of life. Powers
(W. Powers) We look out over the horizon. It’s always the question “where will we be a year from now; five years from now; ten years from now.” What’s next? Stocker
(M. Stocker) We’re creating the next generation of scientists. Frank
(D. Frank) We’re conserving a more diverse world for the next century. Su
(J. Su) We’re trying to find the next cutting-edge tool to help doctors in hospitals. Ungerleider
(S. Ungerleider) The Powers Fellows were created at UT Austin for the pursuit of absolute excellence. Powers
(W. Powers) This is what’s next for The University of Texas at Austin. And for the world.

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  1. Great. Wish I had the stuff to be one, and time to finish the program. I am not specialized in any field. Maybe a Powers Fellow in Peaceful Living, is my specialty.
    I would argue the best way to live a life of a Buddhist monk with Christian Ethics, from an empirical point of view, relative to GDP growth contribution with latest green standard accounted for.   So, how human in general must live to be in harmony with the world, to achieve optimal bliss for themselves and the enviroment. Actually it is Public Policy X generation.

  2. Bill Powers has always been a great leader there so it is very fine to see this scholarship in his name for some of the best and brightest in their fields. UT is a wonderful school.

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