The Undergraduate Researcher of the Year award honors a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate research through independent inquiry, classes, and student employment.
Fifth-year architecture student Dillon Dunn is fascinated by architecture’s ability to sustain culture. That’s why he’s passionate about his research into European and Asian architecture’s interaction with religious pilgrimages and cultural shifts. This work has been supported by the prestigious Aydelott Travel Award. A Nashville native, Dunn is also passionate about film and photography—pursuits that contribute to his academic work. He is a co-founding member of UT’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students and president of the campus club SkateUT. Whether it is through research, photography, or skateboarding, Dunn is fascinated by the ways in which people interact with their environment.