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

That's What the Storm Is All About

"And once the storm is over, you won't remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won't even be sure whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won't be the same person who walked in. That's what this storm's all about." — Haruki Murakami Dear Students,This time of year is ...

First Gens of the First Class

Dear Students,Sometimes universities, including UT, assume students know certain things when they get here. But really, I mean, how many of you knew what a subsidized vs. unsubsidized loan was before you got here? Or what a semester credit hour was? Or a FIG? Or how about office hours?! Many of you have learned these things, or are in the process o...

Tough Love

Dear Students,Do you know what one of the greatest things about studying at an institution of this size is? So many opportunities … so don't miss out!With registration around the corner, why not broaden your horizons and check out these courses?Inventors Program (NSC 323): register for an Inventors course to explore team-based solutions and entrepr...

A Mole Day Study Break

Dear Students,Wednesday, 10/23, At 6:02 p.m. (or a.m. if you're up that early), join me in celebrating the annual Mole Day – a day dedicated to Amedeo Avogadro's famous number 6.022 * 1023. In doing serious research for this great day (I am a scientist after all), I found some study break ideas for you to help celebrate:Watch "A Molar Eclipse of th...

Free Doughnuts and a Week of Celebrating Science? Yes please.

Dear Students,This is one of my favorite weeks of the year: Natural Sciences Week. Led by our incredible Natural Sciences Council, this week celebrates so many wonderful things about our scientific world. Monday, October 14thDonuts on the Patio – Coffee. Donuts. Dean Goldbart. Don't miss it! (NHB Patio 9-11am)Gone to Natural Sciences – This is the ...

Financial Wellness

Dear Students,One of the largest stressors for students (and non-students, too) is finances. From making your budget last through the whole semester to credit card debt to even knowing if you have enough to cover that next meal, the stresses can have a real impact on academic success. Below are some support ideas to help assist in your financial we...

What It Takes to Succeed in College

Dear Students,Our College Communications office just released a podcast called "You Belong Here: What It Takes for Success in College," and I want to encourage all of you to listen to it.There are two takeaways I want to highlight for you:Learning is hard (if you're doing it correctly), and that does not equate to you being inadequate. You were sel...

Engage!

Dear Students, This week's theme is engagement, and I've got two different, equally important ways to start.CNS created an amazing way for you to get hands-on, applicable experience in science and entrepreneurship through Science Sprints and Inventor Sprints. These one-day events have you working with UT faculty, staff, and industry representatives...

Healthy Horns

Dear Students, I overheard a student the other day saying "It doesn't really feel like school is back in session until the first test." Whether you agree or not, school is most definitely back. So now is the time to establish those healthy habits; that way, when things ramp up next week (or next month), you'll already be creating a positive buffer ...

From False Assumptions to Focusing on STEM Equity

​In addition to writing a weekly note to students, Dr. Vanden Bout sometimes pens messages for other outlets. Below is a piece he was invited to submit for the newsletter of GlobalMindED, which awarded him its 2019 Inclusive Leader Award. GlobalMindED is a nonprofit innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.