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Each year, the College of Natural Sciences honors the world-changing individuals who have made the greatest impact in their time on campus. This award is given to fewer than 5% of our graduating seniors who impact the UT and greater Austin community. Those receiving recognition include graduates of distinction in four areas: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Research, and Service & Leadership.

Distinctions Diversity Equity Inclusion

Distinctions Entrepreneurship

Distinctions Research

Distinctions Service Leadership

There are a myriad of FAQs around the University and we wanted to provide some CNS-specific answers.


Information helpful for undergraduates and for graduate students can be found on this page.


Questions about this page or have other ideas you think we should add?  Send them to Dr. Vanden Bout (cns-studentdean@austin.utexas.edu).


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Connect to...peers, mentors, staff, faculty, resources! On a large campus like ours, it's important to find and develop your sense of community. Your community will look unique to your experience here at UT, and we're here to help you identify and thrive within your UT community. 

CNS Cornerstones Small Learning Communities give all first-year students a supportive small group of peers, as well as mentors and advisors—right from the start of the college experience. Every incoming first-year student will be a part of one of the following communities: FIGTIPCS PODSCNS HONORSWINSBSP

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We build inclusive communities that help students acclimate and navigate the university to reach their academic and personal potential at UT and beyond.


The Diversity and Student Programs (DSP) unit is comprised of most of the Undergraduate Student Success Programs, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office (DE&I), and the Admissions Office for the Undergraduate (AOU) Division of the College of Natural Sciences.

In seeking a culture that fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion, our efforts include the following programs:

  • Cornerstones Communities - Cornerstone communities provide a tight-knit academic community through which students with like interests connect and gain a sense of belonging as they pursue their college pathway.

  • DE&I Office - The DE&I office provides services and support to deepen a culture where all students are valued, known, and respected for who they are and what they will become.

  • Undergraduate Admissions Office - The Undergraduate Admissions Office recruits a diverse class of prospective students who desire to pursue STEM majors and informs them about the many opportunities the college offers to help them thrive.

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Phone: (512) 475-7049

Email: kdillon@austin.utexas.edu


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