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From College-Ready to Student-Ready, New Math Initiative Seeks Change

From College-Ready to Student-Ready, New Math Initiative Seeks Change

A new initiative from the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin aims to drastically improve students' college readiness and success in mathematics. The new initiative, called Launch Years, looks to align K-12 schools and higher education and is supported by a $6.68 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Undergraduate Experiences in Freshman Research Initiative Deliver Lasting Benefits

Undergraduate Experiences in Freshman Research Initiative Deliver Lasting Benefits

Members of the American Junior Academy of Science visited an FRI lab in February.

Each year, the American Junior Academy of Science invites the nation's top pre-college researchers to tour a premiere university's campus and meet with the people there who are doing cutting-edge research in scientific labs every day. This year, dozens of high-school scientists-in-training took their tours at The University of Texas at Austin, where they met researchers different from whom they might have expected.

Here, many of the pioneering researchers are only a year or two out of high school themselves. 

College-Wide Focus on Increasing Student Success Brings Significant Pay-Off

College-Wide Focus on Increasing Student Success Brings Significant Pay-Off

When Samantha Pliego started her freshman year at the University of Texas at Austin in the College of Natural Sciences, things went well. Mostly.

"I did struggle in that first biology class," said Pliego, who is now a sophomore.

Tackling Science and Engineering’s Diversity Problem (Audio)

Tackling Science and Engineering’s Diversity Problem (Audio)

The STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and math – have real work to do in terms of diversity. Right now, women make up only about 30 percent of the STEM workforce – and people identifying as black or Hispanic make up just 11 percent.

Women in Natural Sciences Inspire a New Generation

Women in Natural Sciences Inspire a New Generation

Women in Natural Sciences students demonstrate some explosive chemistry at an adult event at Thinkery, Austin’s children’s museum.

Amid the national debate about the lack of women in science, experts often cite the need for more female role models to inspire a new generation. Today, there are signs that the public face of science is changing. In Austin, among the vanguard are young women scientists.

5 Key Questions about Modern STEM Teaching and Learning

5 Key Questions about Modern STEM Teaching and Learning

​Near the start of the academic year, many faculty members across the College of Natural Sciences welcome guests into their classrooms--fellow educators who are invited to observe active-learning strategies and award-winning teaching in action. This is Teaching Discovery Day in the College of Natural Sciences, and it is just one element of a college-wide push toward lifting up excellence in educational activities.

UTeach Shown to Improve Learning, Address Shortfalls

UTeach Shown to Improve Learning, Address Shortfalls

Two new reports highlight how a University of Texas at Austin-originated program is improving the STEM education landscape.

New Grant, Publication Reinforce Work to Transform STEM Education

New Grant, Publication Reinforce Work to Transform STEM Education

The College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin is among a dozen recipients of new "mini-grants" focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from The Association of American Universities (AAU). The announcement comes days after the AAU published a book of case studies about improving STEM education for undergraduates, which includes a chapter about the College's Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES).

Freshman Research Initiative Receives Higher Education Awards

Freshman Research Initiative Receives Higher Education Awards

The College of Natural Sciences' Freshman Research Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin received the Gold Award for STEM education and the Silver Award winner for "Presence Learning" in a worldwide competition billed as "the Oscars of Higher Education."

Mastering Science through Games and Everyday Art

Mastering Science through Games and Everyday Art

This week, the College of Natural Sciences celebrates Discovery Education Week, which focuses on teaching, curriculum and science communication at UT Austin. In this post, Yan Jessie Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, and Tyler Stack, a biochemistry graduate student, reflect on ways to "instill passion and mastery" in science students.