There are many ways for natural sciences students to step out past the psychological and literal borders of the campus and engage with the world as a citizen-scholar. For instance:
- Most of the student organizations provide volunteer opportunities.
- Outreach days like Explore UT couldn't happen without the commitment and enthusiasm of hundreds of students, faculty and staff in the college.
- Academic enrichment programs like the Freshman Research Initiative, and professional development programs like UTeach, offer their students various opportunities to mentor aspiring young scientists from the Austin public schools.
- Organizations like Women in Natural Sciences provide service opportunities geared to a particular community or under-served group.
The main vehicle through which the college sponsors volunteer and service opportunities is the office of UTeach Outreach, which runs the following programs:
- UTeach Outreach in the Elementary Classroom - This program gives UT students who volunteer at public elementary schools in Austin the opportunity to earn college credit in a service learning course.
- Science Olympiad - The College of Natural Sciences hosts an annual competition for central Texas middle and high school students to qualify for the national Science Olympiad competition. Natural sciences students help to organize and run the even.
- Young Scientists - This program puts together natural sciences students with Austin public school students from underrepresented groups who've expressed an interest in pursuing a career in science.
UTeach Outreach website
UTeach Outreach Office
Biological Greenhouse (BOT)