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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.

Chemistry Lecturer’s Science Demonstrations Ignite STEM Interest

Chemistry Lecturer’s Science Demonstrations Ignite STEM Interest

What's the best way to carve a pumpkin? If you ask chemistry lecturer Kate Biberdorf, she might tell you to let the pumpkin carve itself, just as she does in recent media coverage of her Fun with Chemistry outreach program.

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).

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.

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention

Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention

In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students' odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree.

Ten Years In, Freshmen Research Initiative Keeps Blazing Trails

Ten Years In, Freshmen Research Initiative Keeps Blazing Trails

In honor of the Freshman Research Initiative's 10th Anniversary, we take a closer look at the innovative program in this article from the latest issue of The Texas Scientist.