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From the College of Natural Sciences

Sacha Kopp is a former associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences. These are posts from his blog, Kopp's Weekly written from August 2011 to April 2014.

Thinking About Graduate School?‏

There are many aspects to consider when deciding on graduate studies.


The people that sometimes come to our rescue aren't always dressed in a spandex outfit.  Last weekend my family went to hear a "super hero concert" — theme music from classic TV shows and films played by the Austin Symphony while a large screen showed segments or trailers from the movies. My 10 year old son enjoyed the show immensely, and his...

Failure Is Part of Science and Life‏

"As Dumbledore advises Harry Potter in the movie The Sorcerer's Stone, 'It is the choices we make, Harry, that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.' "

Lots of News in the College

Stay connected through events and make "the" college into "your" college. 

Empathy and Communications‏

The way you communicate and criticize others can speak to your character.

Scientists appreciate beauty‏

Always remember to find a way to give yourself time to de-stress from your week. 

Get to Know Your Faculty

Never underestimate the power of getting to know your instructors. 

Finding Your Community

Opportunities abound in the College of Natural Sciences. From tutoring services to student organizations to career fairs, the college has something for everyone. Be sure to explore your options and find a place to make our community into your community. 

The Happiness of Pursuit

A sense of adventure and aspiring to new challenges is part of our nature. We love to explore and create, be it climbing a mountain, exploring at the bottom of the ocean, developing the iPhone and new apps that change lives, developing new medicines that save lives, or crafting policies that improve how we live. 

Gone (back) to Texas

Gone (back) to Texas

This is the first of this year's weekly emails that you'll be receiving from me, with important information from the college and random thoughts on the nature of life.