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.


General Information




Funding Opportunities

Information about graduate student funding opportunities is regularly updated on the College of Natural Sciences Strategic Research Initiatives website.


Professional Development Seminar Series

Starting in Fall 2013, CNS will offer a Professional Development Seminar Series for postdocs and graduate students.  Seminars are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in NHB 1.720, from noon-1pm, with pizza and drinks served.  Please see the Events Calendar (sidebar) for information about upcoming events.

Seminar resources:


Career and Professional Development Resources

The Career Development Specialist for CNS graduate students is Dr. Po-Tsan Ku.  Po-Tsan has a PhD in cell and developmental biology, and also holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business.  He first came to Austin for his postdoctoral work, and started his corporate career at Ambion, Inc.  He has 13 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, and has held senior management positions in multiple companies.  Po-Tsan is available for individual consultations with grad students/postdocs in all CNS disciplines.  To make an appointment, call the Career Design Center at 512-471-6700.

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).

Texas Venture Labs is a start-up accelerator that connects talented and entrepreneurial graduate and PhD students from the CNS, Engineering, MBA, Pharmacy and LAW programs with local start-up companies. CNS students can enroll in the class with advisor approval and will receive business education from top-tier MBA professors and real-world experience from entrepreneurs. Projects are semester-long and students work alongside founders to solve important problems, develop growth plans and prepare the company for investment. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the Texas Venture Labs Student Application site. 

The Division of Statistics and Scientific Computation provides free consulting to students working on their thesis, dissertation, research studies or journal articles.  They provide assistance with study design, power analysis, model selection, software use, and interpreting results.  Visit here to learn more or to schedule an appointment.


University Support Services

The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) Office provides advice, programs, information and services to the international community, including incoming graduate students.

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 Counseling and Mental Health Center provides services for graduate students, including a 24-hour telephone counseling service - (512) 471-2255.


Outreach Opportunities

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 Student Division of the Dean's Office (WCH 1.106; telephone 512-471-4536; can help with questions about undergraduate student affairs. Students experiencing non-academic problems impacting their academic progress should be referred to a CNS Dean's Office counselor as soon as possible.

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.

Any questions regarding the above information can be directed to Assistant Dean, Dr. Mike Raney at