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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
106 Cockefair Hall
Department Contacts
Undergraduate Research Advisory Board
Undergraduate Research is a division of Academic Affairs

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Excellence in Mentoring Undergrad. Researcheres, Scholars, and Artists.


Friday, March 8, at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for SUROP Application


Thursday, April 4
Undergraduate Research Day
@ the Capitol


Monday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m.
Deadline for Registration and
Abstracts for 19th Annual
Symposium of Undergraduate
Research Scholarship


Thursday, April 18, n
Noon to 6:00 pm.

Pierson Auditorium (ASSC).
19th Annual Symposium of
Undergraduate Research
and Creative Scholarship.

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