With the largest undergraduate population at UT Austin, the College of Natural Sciences takes its role of educating the next generation of science leaders seriously. While our exceptional faculty play a significant role in our mission, CNS is known around the world for our innovative undergraduate programs.
Below are five key programs where private support makes a tranformative difference in the lives of our students:
This program offers exceptional science and mathematics majors a unique opportunity to enrich their undergraduate education. For more than twenty years, this program has challenged talented and highly motivated undergraduates by introducing them to cutting-edge research and placing them in contact with superior students with similar aptitudes and interests. Students are provided with rigorous honors courses, flexible degree plans and research opportunities leading to honors theses. In order to recruit the finest applicants into the most selective honors program on campus, private funding for Dean's Honors Scholarships is needed.
Laboratory research is critical to an undergraduate's education, as it provides students with an exciting hands-on experience that brings science to life. Undergraduate students who work in the lab have the unique opportunity to work alongside professors, scientists, and other students of different backgrounds, cultures, and professional expertise. The laboratory is crucial - it's home of the scientific method, a place to practice techniques described in textbooks, and the solidification of knowledge obtained in various courses. This type of learning environment stimulates intellectual curiosity and creativity, enhances critical thinking and problem-solving skills, promotes teamwork and immerses students in academic life.
A program designed to serve a unique group of students by providing them with small class sizes in entry-level courses, excellent instructors, enriched curriculum, extra discussion sections, and upper-division mentors to augment instruction and help with integration into university life. This is now a four-year program that includes both Natural Sciences and Liberal Arts students. TIP is successful in helping students who graduate from small, rural high schools, have a low socio economic status, are first in their family to attend college, or are members of an underrepresented group at the University.
Women in Natural Sciences (WINS)
WINS is a program in the College of Natural Sciences designed to promote the recruitment, retention, and success of women throughout CNS. The program offers support for young women through their undergraduate studies and aims to create a community of women scholars focused on scientific achievement at the university and beyond. Disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, biochemistry, computer sciences, marine science, mathematics, physics, public health and all fields of biological sciences.
Turing Scholars Honors Program
The Turing Scholars Honors Program is a program for outstanding undergraduates in Computer Sciences. It is designed to develop the academic and industrial leaders of tomorrow by keeping the state's best high school computer science students in Texas. The program offers an intensive, accelerated path through the core curriculum within the freshman year; a sophomore class that exposes students to significant concepts not often encountered until graduate school; and opportunities to get involved in research as early as their junior year.
To invest in these programs or for more information, please call the College of Natural Sciences Office of External Relations at 512-471-3299, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.