Welcome to the cNS Honors Center!
The CNS Honors Center is devoted to supporting students in their pursuit and achievement of honors in all its forms. Explore the possibilities and make the most of your University of Texas experience.
In the College of Natural Sciences, honors opportunities fall into three categories: college programs open to all CNS majors, departmental programs, and academic distinctions. Visit our "Frequently Asked Questions" page to learn more if you are a student. If you are a prospective donor who would like to support a UT Austin student scholarship, please visit our giving section.
College Honors Programs
The College of Natural Sciences' honors programs allow talented and motivated students to take full advantage of the richness and resources of one of the largest and most productive colleges of science in the nation. Each is designed to foster increased collaboration between students and faculty, and to promote exploration of academic, cultural, and social interests within a small community of scholars.
Students can apply to be a CNS Honors Scholar in one of three cohorts:
In addition to their regular coursework, freshmen take a two-semester seminar taught by their program's faculty director. Every semester thereafter, students join with those in the other two programs in small, learning-for-learning's-sake weekly seminars led by members of the programs' faculty steering committees. Recent subjects have included science in literature, medical quackery, demagoguery, even the history of the banjo (which included the loan of 15 banjos, one for each student). Topics for the spring 2017 semester are posted here.
Departmental Honors Programs
Departmental honors program are:
- Turing Scholars (Computer Science)
- Honors in Advanced Nutritional Sciences (Human Ecology)
- Honors in Advanced Human Development and Family Sciences (Human Ecology)
Academic Distinctions and Honors Events
Academic distinction and honors events celebrate and recognize exceptional achievement through departmental honors, honors societies, and special events.
Scholarships provide financial incentive and rewards for high academic achievement while supporting continued pursuits.
Interested in a Campus Visit?
The College of Natural Sciences offers a variety of campus visit opportunities. Find more information on the "Visit Us" page.