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.


 

Vivy-PhanName: Vivy Phan

Major: Neuroscience and Studio Art

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 in Texas Running Club, GirlAdvocates!, AMSA (American Medical Students Association) and SMILE (Students Making an Impact through Love and Empathy)

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? This. Is. So. Hard. I love the food in Austin...if I had to say my absolute favorite...Koriente!

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! 



Stephanie-GambinoName: Stephanie Gambino

Major: Neurobiology

Hometown: Pittsburg, PA

What is your favorite thing about WINS? It provides opportunities students wouldn't normally have (registration, getting to know professors, the specialized seminars, etc.)

What are your other involvements at UT? WINS, ZTA, and the following honor societies - Beta Beta Beta, Gamma Beta Phi, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? KISMET CAFE

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:
Take advantage of all of the opportunities -- volunteering, getting out there and introducing yourself to professors, don't be afraid to fail!
 

 

 


 

Geetika-RaoName: Geetika Rao

Major: Human Biology with a Business Foundations Certificate

Hometown: Coppell, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? WINS has really given me the opportunity to meet girls and form friendships that I would have not been able to make otherwise. The girls in WINS are always there for each other, whether it be for homework help or other issues. My first year would have definitely been a bigger challenge if it wasn't for WINS!

What is your favorite thing about WINS?
The community, like I said before, it really means a lot to belong to something where everyone is like-minded and goal driven. We like to have fun, but we know we're here to work hard as well. 

What are your other involvements at UT?  Red Cross Club and Alpha Epsilon Delta. I'm also a Teaching Assistant for the Freshman Research Initiative! Also - a new club a few of the other WINS girls and I are forming - GirlAdvocates! (Public Relations Officer) and the Kinsolving Residence Hall Council (Director of Environmental Initiatives).

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Madam Mam's, Torchy's and the Chi'lantro food truck - so many still left to try!

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: 
Have fun! Do not let stress take over your life, because it certainly can. Take each day on its own and use your resources, it will definitely ease the pain!



Paige-HinkleName: Paige Hinkle

Major:
Computer Science

Hometown:
Tomball, TX 

How has WINS contributed to your college experience?
It is a great way to meet people, especially the mentors. Ask us questions!

What is your favorite thing about WINS?
Lunch on Fridays, fun trips, cool people...what's not to love?!?
What are your other involvements at UT? Women in Computer Science (Social Chair), intern as Software Developer at uShip

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin?
Mandola's Italian Market

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:

Find a project to do related to your major but separate from class. Having a fun project always reminds me why I enjoy my major even when classes are difficult. 

 


 

Anna-Marie-PratasName: Anna-Marie Pratas

Major: Neurobiology

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience?
I have made so many close friends through WINS and had a spectacular first year thanks to all the support.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love being around a group of fun, motivated girls who share a love of science.

What are your other involvements at UT? Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, University Fellows and GirlAdvocates

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Amy's Ice Cream!

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:

Have fun! Don't get too bogged down with studying that you forget to go out and make memories!

 


 

Victoria-LevyName: Victoria Levy

Major:
Physics

Hometown:
Westchester, New York

How has WINS contributed to your college experience?
I'm from New York and came to Texas on a whim. I knew absolutely no one when I got here, and I'm sure without WINS I would have been lost my first semester. But, I was able to meet all of my best friends through WINS, and it made it so much easier to adjust to college in general.

What is your favorite thing about WINS?
My favorite thing about WINS is the strong sense of community. Often we will all get together to hang out or to study, and everyone is always so supportive.

What are your other involvements at UT?
Society of Physics Students, Astronomy Students Association and Women in Physics

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin?
Plucker's because the spicy lemon pepper wings are the best.

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:
UT is a big school and there are so many opportunities to make use of. A lot of people are unaware of what is available or just don't use any of the resources when they should. Still, while there are so many things to get involved with, remember that you are not infinite. Don't pile on more than you can handle and make sure to manage your time so you can succeed in everything that you do.



Katie-CookName: Katie Cook

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Plano, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? I know so many people from WINS! I've been able to meet some amazing girls, some of whom will be my friends for life. WINS has certainly helped make the university seem smaller for me, and I've loved being part of the WINS community.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love having the seminar each week because I get to see everyone in WINS outside of class and we can relax while eating lunch.

 

What are your other involvements at UT? UT Women's Lacrosse team, Student Health Advisory Committee

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Hopdoddy's

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: 
Don't hesitate to join clubs or get involved! Find at least one thing you're passionate about your first semester and join it!



Olivia-BiehleName: Olivia Biehle

Major: Mathematics and Radio-Television-Film

Hometown: Austin, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? Many of the friends I made during my first year at UT were also in WINS. It also gave me an opportunity to mentor incoming students for several programs.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? The community! I love meeting new people and working with incoming students. I have met many people and have made plenty of friends through WINS.

What are your other involvements at UT? I have previously been involved as an FRI mentor and in the UFA (University Filmmakers Alliance). This year, however, I plan to join Women In Cinema.

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Clay Pit. It's a place my family has been going to for years. It's pricy, but the food is worth it!

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:
Don't be afraid to reach out to other students in your classes. Everyone you speak to is in the same boat as you. You just have to be the first person to break the ice. Need a simple conversation starter? Ask someone what his or her top five favorite movies are. That always starts an interesting conversation.



Victoria-PetruzziName: Victoria Petruzzi

Major: Biochemistry (applied to Public Health, awaiting answer)

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, Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies, Texas Public Health, and this year will serve as a University Health Services Clinic Volunteer in the Women's Health department. 

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!


 
Paige-WongName: Paige Wong

Major: Biochemistry

Hometown: Keller, TX

How has WINS contributed to your college experience? WINS opened up some of the best opportunities I've experienced so far at UT, such as researching under FRI, networking with some of the most accomplished female scientists on campus, and of course getting to mentor some of the most wonderful students.

What is your favorite thing about WINS? I love the community feel about WINS. Sure we are an academic program, but WINS also emphasizes creating a place where you feel welcomed and secure, and at a school as big as UT that's very important. It's a great feeling to walk into class and see a whole row of WINS girls together. I've met some of my closest friends through WINS.

What are your other involvements at UT? Terry Scholar Student Association Mentor, Synthesis and Biological Recognition Stream Mentor, American Chemical Society, China Care

What is your favorite restaurant in Austin? Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

One piece of advice for incoming freshmen:
Always keep things in perspective and don't sweat the little things!