Research Facilities

Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection

Over five thousand apparel and textile artifacts make up the Historical Textiles and Apparel Collection. The artifacts include an 1820s bodice, the Santa Anna Serape, a rare tiered Capucci, Texas presentation gowns, and garments representing outstanding women of Texas.

The Animal Resources Center

The University of Texas Animal Resources Center provides a separate building (over 50,000 sq. ft.) or modern laboratory space for research involving experimental animals. The Animal Resources Center is equipped to handle all common laboratory animals, including rodents, avians, primates, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, and pigs. Animal care at this facility meets the standards of the US Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

The HDFS Reference Library

Located within the program, the Phyllis Richards Reference Room houses a non-circulating collection of more than five hundred books and twenty journals for use by HDFS students and faculty.

The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory

The program maintains the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory, a model preschool and infant/toddler program that provides a setting for faculty and student research. Established more than 70 years ago, the “Lab School” has become an institution in Austin and now serves more than a hundred children from 6 months to 5-years of age. It has been set up so that faculty and students can observe and videotape naturalistic interactions among children of differing ages. It is also an important source of funding for graduate students and an applied setting for acquisition of skills related to developing and administering programs for children. The Seay Building will house a new Lab School with soundproofed observation/research facilities, one-way mirrors, and a variety of built in microphones, computers, and remotely-controlled video cameras.

The Seay Psychology, Human Development, and Family Sciences Building

In the summer of 2002 the program moved into the new 48 million dollar Seay Psychology, Human Development, and Family Sciences Building. With 180,000 total square-feet, 30,000 in the HDFS wing, the building includes state-of-the-art facilities for interviewing families, videotaping child and family interaction, and storing and analyzing complex data sets. The HDFS wing includes a computer aided telephone interviewing system (C.A.T.I.), a computerized coding facility for analysis of videotaped interaction data, a furnished family room setting for observing and recording semi-naturalistic family interaction, and fully-equipped computer labs with access to the most advanced statistical software packages. There are also areas suitable for interviewing adults and families, office space for graduate students and faculty, the new Priscilla P. Flawn Child and Family Laboratory School with built-in observational and recording facilities, and a digital video-editing studio.

Graduate Student Office Space

Students receive office space at the University, usually in the labs in which they are doing their primary work. These labs are equipped with computers and software that permit students to complete their work efficiently and conveniently. On campus offices for students also facilitate informal interaction among students and faculty, an important feature of any first rate graduate education

Travel Funds for Graduate Students

At some point in their graduate careers, most students present their research at national conventions. The program typically covers a significant portion of the expenses that students incur when traveling to these conferences.

Information Technology Services

The University of Texas at Austin maintains one of the country’s top computer facilities and is home to the nation’s 7th ranked computer sciences graduate program. In addition excellent computers are available to students in the research labs of all HDFS faculty. The University Web, established in June, 1993, is among the 200 oldest Web sites in the world and is the fourth most active site among U.S. universities.

The University Library System

The University of Texas at Austin has the fifth largest academic library in the United States with more than 7.6 million volumes and 5 million pieces of microforms. UT Library Online offers online access to hundreds of licensed bibliographic and full-text databases and now records more than seven million “hits” each month from information seekers at UT, at other locations around the state, and from more than 100 countries worldwide.

The Graduate School Research, Writing, & Professional Development

The Graduate School provides courses, workshops and resources for UT graduate students.