|Grad Student Resources|
The College of Natural Sciences currently serves approximately 1,300 students enrolled in 18 graduate programs. Here we provide information relevant to graduate students across the college. Further resources can be found on individual graduate program webpages.
Check out this professional development opportunity for Fall 2013 (a way to develop mentoring skills and enhance your teaching portfolio): The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Grad School Internship enables undergrads to explore graduate education and research by working one-to-one with graduate student mentors. If you are planning to work with an undergrad this fall, you (and your student) might be eligible for the Kuhn Intellectual Entrepreneurship Award.
Information about graduate student funding opportunities is regularly updated on the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Research Initiatives website.
Career Resources/Professional Development
The UT-Austin Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of resources and services to promote innovation and excellence in teaching and learning. Both online resources and individual instructional consultations (including teaching philosophy/teaching portfolio consultations) are available to graduate students preparing for academic careers.
Check out the Graduate School's Career Resources Page, which includes resources for graduate students of all disciplines.
Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students and postdocs interested in non-academic careers. Historically, Versatile PhD has served humanities and social sciences graduate students, but additional content relevant to STEM PhDs is being developed. The University of Texas is a subscribing institution - sign up here.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has online career development and job search resources, and supports an online tool for personal career planning: MyIDP (Individual Development Plan).
University Support Services
The Office of the Student Ombuds provides a neutral, impartial and confidential environment for students to express concerns related to life at the University of Texas at Austin. The office can assist graduate students with university related difficulties, and help identify pathways and options for conflict resolution.
The UT Graduate Science Outreach group facilitates the "Present your PhD thesis to a 12 year-old" program that places PhD students and scientists in elementary and secondary classrooms to share their discoveries and provide real-world examples to complement classroom science topics.
Graduate students can serve as mentors for undergraduates interested in attending graduate school through the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate Internship program.
Information for Teaching Assistants
Student confidentiality is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. It is illegal to disclose information about students or grades to anyone (including parents), without the student's written permission. The Office of the Registrar provides information about FERPA and student privacy here.
The Behavioral Concerns Advice Line is a campus-wide service that gives any member of the UT-Austin community an opportunity to report their concerns about another individual's behavior. If you are concerned about the behavior or well-being of a student, BCAL is the appropriate resource for reporting such concerns.
The Residence Hall Study Groups program is a free service for natural sciences undergraduates. The program provides tutoring services and TA support for various biology, chemistry, math, computer science and physics courses, in a centralized location to facilitate group study.