Contact Us

Mailing Address:

University of Texas at Austin
Women in Natural Sciences
1 University Station, G2500
Austin, TX 78712
winsinfo@cns.utexas.edu

WINS Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Morgan
(512) 232-1062
PAI 5.56

Apply to WINS

How to Apply
First-Year WINS Application deadline: March 30

WINS students are paired with an alumni mentor who help with the transition to college life.  They will also have access to the program coordinator, Elizabeth Morgan, as well as WINS faculty members for additional advice and support.


 

vivyphanName: Vivy Phan

Major: Neuroscience, Studio Art, and Exercise Science

Hometown: Allen, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? WINS has given me a unified group of girls who share the same interests as I do, who support one another in studies, in aspirations, and in everyday life. Amidst UT's enormous student body, WINS gave me a place of my own and a group I could depend on :)

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love the variety of girls in WINS, everyone brings something different to WINS, whether extracurricular or interests within science!

What are your other involvements at UT? I'm a part of Texas Running Cub, GirlAdvocates, and Center Space Project

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Koriente with a touch of Conscious Cravings, Sno Beach, and Gourdough's. And a side of Hopdoddy's and Clay Pit (Austin has a lot of good food, it's so hard to pick!)

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Find an outlet. Sports. Art. Music.Something. Find something that makes you happy and relaxes you when times get rough. Believe me, it's as necessary as studying!


 

jazmin f 2Name: Jazmín Fernández

Major: Public Health 

Hometown: El Paso, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? WINS gave me a small community I could be part of while I was away from home. I developed great friendships as well as study buddies that helped me to succeed in my classes. The mentors and advisors were awesome in helping me to choose the right classes and professors. WINS made me feel more at home at UT.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love the sense of community that WINS has. I went to UT not knowing many people, but throughout the year I met some great girls and really felt part of something meaningful. WINS also reserves the best classes for us with great professors which is always super helpful. 

What are your other involvements at UT? Texas Public Health

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? I am in love with CoCo's Cafe! They have the best pearl drinks and the Taiwanese food is amazing

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: The most anyone can ask of you is your best. It's not about competing with others, or trying to be better than anyone else, it's about improving yourself in every way that you can. So my advice to you is to always give 100% to everything that you do and know that whether you come out on top or in the middle or even last you did the best you could and that's all anyone can ask of you. I like to give myself a fist bump whenever I do something I'm proud of because it's important that we learn how to be our own cheerleaders :)



vanessaName: Vanessa Serrano

Major:
Biochemistry

Hometown:
Dallas, TX 

How has WINS contributed to your college experience?
 WINS has aided in my transition from high school to college by providing me with guidance about my first year, helping me find people to connect with that had similar aspirations and goals, and removing the stressful experience of registration from my shoulders. WINS is such an amazing program that I am so happy to have been blessed with. Welcome to WINS!!!

What is your favorite thing about WINSMy favorite thing about WINS is the seminars because they were extremely helpful and I was able to connect with many girls during those times.

What are your other involvements at UT? Project SEEE, GirlAdvocates!, APIE

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? My favorite restaurant in Austin is Greengos because it's healthy, filling, and most importantly delicious!!! I love it!

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: My piece of advice for freshman is not to underestimate college, don't be scared to ask for help, and keep your head up, you can do this!!


 

JamieLName: Jamie Lee 

Major: Chemistry, B.S.A.

Hometown: Dallas, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? 
I never would have had the chance to live amongst a group of similar-minded people without WINS. WINS gave me so many opportunities to grow my passion for science and to meet a group with similar interests and diverse backgrounds. 

What is your favorite thing about WINS? WINS gave me a foundation and a family to build my freshman year on and helped me stay grounded. 

What are your other involvements at UT? Natural Sciences Council, She's the First, FRI

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Halal Bros, Madam Mam's, Home Slice, Blue Dahlia, Juan in a Million (I'm not sure I can choose one...)

One piece of advice for incoming freshmenStay organized (in whatever way works best for you) so that you have plenty of time to go explore Austin, join new organizations, and foster your interests. 

 


 

lizzieupdatedName: Lizzie Burnap

Major:
Astronomy, B.S.A.

Hometown:
Allen, Texas

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? 
WINS has definitely given me a community here at UT. It's a big school but being able to know that there is a group of girls going through this with me makes it feel so much smaller. We come from all over the place and have so many different interests and goals, but we're all doing it together and that is pretty cool. 

What is your favorite thing about WINS? My favorite thing about WINS has to be the ability it go into a class and know that you already know somebody. You don't feel alone or like you're in over your head, you automatically have a friend to get through it with

What are your other involvements at UT? 
Astronomy Students Association and Lion's Club

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? It's more of a cafe than a restaurant, but Dominican Joe's is definitely my favorite place to snack or drink tea while studying or relaxing. Their proceeds help support Dominican orphanages, they have a really fun/Austin-y vibe, and everything they serve is delicious (try the honey cream latte, I dare you)

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: 
Find a way to make this place a home. Throw yourself into clubs/organizations, meet new people, follow your passions, explore!!! Find out how you fit into this new community and who you are in this new part of your life. Feeling happy and at home here will make everything else so much easier! 



averyName: Avery Wolfe

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Austin, Texas

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? Being introduced to so many different scientific fields has been awesome, and admittance into FRI is an experience like no other! Even if you end up not liking research, it’s still a really unique opportunity to be able to include on a resume or talk about in an interview.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? Having a group of incredible women to call my friends from day one!

 What are your other involvements at UT? I’m in two honor societies – Gamma Beta Phi and ALDPES. I’m also on the fundraising committee for Texas THON and do a lot of volunteer work independently

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Oh gosh. So many choices...Jack Allen’s Kitchen is delicious. But if you’re looking for something close to campus, you can’t beat Torchy’s!

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: 
SLEEP. And start taking a multivitamin because you probably won’t get enough fruits and veggies from dorm food (fortunately they do make adult gummy vitamins!).



10262040 846446235369191 6054836167911638317 nName: Aliyah Encarnacion

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? WINS has allowed me to foster great relationships with peers and professors, as well as helped prepare me for the perils of college. Through WINS I had the blessing of top notch professors and amazing laboratory opportunities through FRI and professor led labs

What is your favorite thing about WINS? My favorite thing about WINS is the diversity of women that you meet coming in. I've had a great time meeting ladies from across the sciences and have formed incredible friendships!

What are your other involvements at UT? I am involved in: WINS, AMSA, ALDPES and RSAC primarily

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Hopdoddy's. End of story. If you haven't been, go. You'll thank me later. GORDOUGHS is my favorite dessert place.(All caps for deliciousness)

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Dive in! Try new things and test your limitations, you'll be surprised at what you can accomplish by taking that step and going for gold!



Victoria-PetruzziName: Victoria Petruzzi

Major: Public Health

Hometown: Houston, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? WINS has provided me with the resources and opportunities I needed to my make freshman year a rewarding and welcoming experience. It gave the chance to work with and become close friends to an amazing group of driven, natural sciences students.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love the fact that WINS provides you with such a strong support system. Between the mentors and the advisers, WINS has provided me with advice about academics, adjusting to college, and everything in between. 

What are your other involvements at UT? Student Government, Student Assistant for CNS Student Life, and this year I will serve as a University Health Services Clinic Volunteer.

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? The Salt Lick!

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:
Take advantage of all the resources UT has to offer! Find a few organizations you really connect with and dive right in. There's so much to get involved in on campus!


 
samfName: Samantha Finkenstaedt

Major: Biology

Hometown: Cypress, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? In almost everyway imaginable! WINS provided me with opportunities I did not even know existed prior to beginning classes at UT. I was given access to some of the best professors on campus, the chance to get involved with research through FRI, and I made some AMAZING friends along the way.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love seeing all the different passions the WINS community cultivates. I can talk to just about anyone in WINS and walk away from the conversation thinking, “WOW! I need to go check out a book about that!” I am constantly motivated and challenged by the extraordinary women around me, and for that, I feel incredibly blessed.

What are your other involvements at UT? Plan II Pre-Med Society, Aptamer Laboratory, Math in Context, Sailing Club, Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? No contest: Whole Foods

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: If you give a good time, you’ll have a good time


 

1-3Name: Kelsey Morries

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Mansfield, Texas

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? Having the opportunity to get close to so many girls starting the first week of school was so comforting.  I met a lot of awesome people that I still hang out with all the time-  I'm even living with one this year!

What is your favorite thing about WINS? You get to interact with some very, very inspirational women.  Whether it's the women we have speaking at our career panels or seminars or just other girls in WINS doing great things, I always feel motivated after being with WINS

What are your other involvements at UT? Intramural soccer!

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Mother's Cafe! Awesome vegetarian restaurant north of campus

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Expect to be out of your comfort zone for a while!  Even though it's scary, you're going to grow so much during your freshman year and look back upon it fondly.  If you're having some rough days at the beginning, try to remember the big picture!