More than 1,300 graduate students from across the U.S. and the world, perform cutting-edge research in the College of Natural Sciences. In order for UT Austin to compete with peer research institutions for the best graduate students, we must increase our offerings for competitive graduate fellowships.
Graduate students play a central role in academic research and discovery. The generation of knowledge and innovation that happens in the College of Natural Sciences almost always includes crucial contributions from hard-working and dedicated graduate students. In addition to their research, graduate students also play a key role in undergraduate education. They serve as teaching assistants and research mentors for undergraduates, communicating scientific principles and enhancing the educational experience for thousands of CNS students every year.
There is strong competition among leading universities to recruit the best graduate students, and we lose outstanding students to peer institutions when competitive graduate fellowship packages are not available. Fellowships allow graduate students to pursue their education and research objectives on a full-time basis, and are highly valued by both the students and the faculty members who mentor them.
Professional Development Awards
Graduate students in the College of Natural Sciences are training to become scientific leaders and innovative educators of the future. Preparation for successful careers both within and outside of academia often requires training and professional development beyond the opportunities provided through graduate programs. Professional Development Awards allow graduate students to present their work at meetings, attend professional development conferences and workshops, and collaborate with other scientists across the country and abroad. Gifts ranging from $1,000 - $5,000 allow students the opportunity to attend these professional trainings.
To invest in our graduate students or for more information, please call the College of Natural Sciences Office of External Relations at 512-471-3299, or email email@example.com.