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David Vanden Bout is the associate dean for undergraduate education and professor of chemistry in the College of Natural Sciences.

A Big Week This Week

Dear CNS Students,When a lot is going on, sometimes it's helpful to have a quick snapshot that rounds up everything happening. We hope this weekly newsletter serves that purpose, including at those peak-of-busyness times like right now. So here are some reminders in handy bullet-point form:The CNS Annual Student Survey helps college staff and leade...

Step Up for a Sprint

​This Week's Messenger: Lynda in TIDESHi CNS Students, Experiential learning has not stopped with the COVID 19 pandemic, and there are plenty of opportunities available this spring. The team in TIDES (that's the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science) is here to support your getting involved. Here are five ways:1. Try a Sprint...

Your Future’s Calling

This Week's Messenger: Karen in Career ServicesDear CNS Students, What can I do with my science degree? Should I go directly to graduate school or get some work experience first? What do I say at a career fair? Is anyone even hiring in the pandemic? These are questions we hear often in Career Services, and we are happy to help you answer ...

Shine a Light on Your Achievements

Dear CNS Students, We are fortunate to have so many gifted and hardworking students in the College of Natural Sciences. To celebrate your accomplishments and thank you for your contributions to our college, each year we recognize students for the Aspire Awards and the Distinctions Awards. The annual Aspire Awards celebrate Black and Latin...

Starting Anew

Dear Students, Welcome back! I hope you entered the new semester having had some time to rest and reset. With everything happening in the world, from spikes in the coronavirus to national unrest, it remains very important that you continue to take care of you as you also tend to your school work, research and life as a UT student. It may be a ...

You Made It

Dear CNS Students, Here we are, nearly at the end of the semester and the year. You made it through courses, transitions, technological snafus and all the rest. It's been tough. Whether you are graduating this month (congratulations!) or completing your first semester at UT (well done!), you have accomplished something important by reaching a ...

Looking Forward

Dear CNS Students, Last week, you all received a message from the Provost with information regarding changes to the Q-Drop and Pass/Fail policies for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. If you don't know who the Provost is, this is who is in charge of all academics at the University, so that message contains the official change in policy....

Gobbling Up Some Awareness

Dear CNS Students, As we head into Thanksgiving, I've been thinking about gratitude and, in particular, a quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "In normal life we hardly realize how much more we receive than we give, and life cannot be rich without such gratitude. It is so easy to overestimate the importance of our own achievements compared with what we ...

I’ll take “Amazing Longhorns” for $500, Alex

Dear Students, I have always been a "Jeopardy!" fan. So I was saddened the other day when I saw that long time host Alex Trebek passed away. As a host, he stood out as someone who was able to build excitement and interest while maintaining a kind and calm approach to leading the show. At almost the same time, I got a notice that Jeopardy was looki...

Too Busy for This, Not That

Dear students, Last week, I attended the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement's annual Heman Sweatt lecture. You can find a recap online here, including some great advice from the evening's speaker, PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. She covered hot topics like entering a job market during a tough economy, being compassi...