Previous degree from Duke University
UT Austin: Department of Philosophy
Richard Davis works at the intersection of theology, epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. He hopes to develop an integrated a priori account to address the central questions in these disciplines.
Previous degree from Rice University
UT Austin: Butler School of Music
Steve Parker is interested in expanding the boundaries of live music performance. He plans to explore the combination of trombone with electronics and video and to collaborate with composers, filmmakers, and dancers. He will also examine the way that mathematics and music intersect through the study of transformational theory and artificial neural networks.
Previous degree from University of Florida
UT Austin: Department of Sociology
Danielle Dirks' dissertation, American Capital Punishment and the Promise of Closure, examines the rise of "closure" as a contemporary rationale for the American death penalty over the past two decades.
Previous degree from Seoul National University, Korea
UT Austin: Department of Chemical Engineering
Sangheon Lee studies the structure and dynamics of defects and defect-dopant complexes in the silicon substrate as well as at the interface with gate oxide. His research also focuses on explaining and predicting the synthesis and structure of silicon nanoparticles embedded in amorphous silica, because of their technological relevance and potential in nanocrystal memories and optical interconnects. He uses first principles based atomistic modeling.
Hsiaojane Anna Chen
Previous degree from Yale University
UT Austin: School of Information
Hsiaojane Anna Chen's studies will focus on archives and special collections. Prior to beginning this degree, she completed a doctoral dissertation on the cultural imaginary of childhood and kinship in medieval English literature.
Emily Allyce Grubert
Atmosphere/Energy Engineering and Mathematics
Previous degree from Stanford University
UT Austin: Department of Geological Sciences
Emily Grubert studies the interactions of climate, energy, and water systems on domestic and international levels. She is particularly interested in how policy focused on one of these systems impacts others, especially when infrastructural investment is required to further a policy goal.