Announcing the 2022-2023 Class of the Academy of Undergraduate Researchers Across Texas

The LAUNCH Undergraduate Research office welcomes the Texas A&M University students selected for the 2022-2023 cohort of The Academy of Undergraduate Research Across Texas (AURA Texas). 

AURA Texas is a partnership among the offices of undergraduate research at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Austin and their offices of Government Relations that fosters a community of elite student researchers at the two flagship universities. 

Students are selected each year from a range of disciplines, with members being chosen from Texas A&M and the University of Texas:

2022-2023 Texas A&M University Members include:

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Joseph Chen ‘23 – Biology

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Emily Curtis ‘22 – Biology

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Swapnil Dash ‘25 – Business Honors

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Yilin Li ‘24 – Economics and Mathematics

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Brandon Watanabe ‘23 – Psychology

The 2022-2023 AURA Texas cohort is also joined by two alumni members, Natalie Coleman and Cora Garcia. 

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Natalie Coleman ‘20, ‘25 – Civil Engineering

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Cora Garcia ‘21, ‘25. – Biomedical Sciences and Entomology 

Members of AURA Texas will represent Texas A&M as they publicize the importance of undergraduate research and the impact research can have on students and their future careers. AURA Texas members interact with researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin, as well as faculty members, administrators, and state officials, to showcase the importance of undergraduate programs that exist outside of the classroom. Note

Members of AURA Texas are selected from LAUNCH programs. These students are chosen for their contributions to undergraduate research at Texas A&M University. Many of these students participate in at least one of LAUNCH: Undergraduate Research’s three flagship programs: The Undergraduate Research Scholars thesis program, the Undergraduate Research Ambassadors program, and Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal

In the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Scholars thesis program, undergraduate students at Texas A&M work under the supervision of a Texas A&M faculty advisor to create a thesis grounded in the research of their choosing. The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors program consists of student volunteers who work to inspire broader engagement in undergraduate research by educating and serving the Texas A&M community and beyond. Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal is an interdisciplinary student-run journal that showcases the most cutting-edge, original, and student-driven scholarship by undergraduates pursuing intellectual and aesthetic experiences outside of the classroom. Learn more about these programs at

This year is the “on” year for AURA Texas students to attend UGR Day at the capitol in Austin. UGR day is only held every two years, as this correlates to when the state legislature is in session. LAUNCH will be taking all AURA Texas members to Austin this year in order to attend this event.