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Larry Hernandez

Year in School:  Senior
:  Cello Performance & Music Theory
Faculty Mentor
:  Dr. David Thurmaier, Dept. of Composition, Music Theory, & Musicology, Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Ask Larry a question.

Why is undergraduate research important to you?

Undergraduate research is important to me because it lets me study things I have more of a personal interest in, which makes the whole research process much more satisfying. I know the experience I have gained as an undergraduate researcher has already had a positive impact on the courses I am currently taking and will prove beneficial in graduate school.

How did you find your mentor?
As second semester sophomore, I was already taking a course that emphasized undergraduate research, Musicianship IV, so naturally I approached my professor, Dr. Thurmaier, about my project idea, and he was very happy to be my mentor.

How did you determine what your particular research project would be?
After a trip to Mexico near the end of 2014, I became curious about Mexican and Latin American classical music. I became interested in listening to more classical music by Mexican composers, particularly Silvestre Revueltas and Carlos Chávez. I then began looking for books at the university library, only to find just two books, one for each composer. So, I decided that I wanted to learn more about their lives and music. My advice is simply to pick something you are curious to learn more about.


Dr. Jane Greer, Director
106 Cockefair Hall

Department Contacts

Undergraduate Research Advisory Board

Important Dates and Deadlines:

March 1, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Fellow Transcript Designation Applications


March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Deadline for SUROP Grant Applications


April 12, 2021 at 8:00 am
Deadline for Undergraduate Research Symposium Registrations


April 12–16, 2021
Virtual Undergraduate Research Week at the State Capitol


April 22-23, 2021
Symposium of Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship


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