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Aspire Awards Banquet


When: March 10, 2020, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Where: San Jacinto Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room


The College of Natural Sciences hosts the annual Aspire Awards Banquet to honor the accomplishments of Black, and LatinX students, both to celebrate their achievements and to inspire their continuation toward successful careers. In addition to students, College faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to attend to celebrate student accomplishments. The banquet will include the presentation of awards and speeches by students and a distinguished guest. This event is a great opportunity for students to celebrate their success and develop mentor relationships with natural sciences alumni.

Dinner will be served and dress is business casual. 

Accommodation requests for disability services should be made at least five days prior to the event. While every effort will be made, the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests. Please contact events@cns.utexas.edu with any questions.


Honors Day



The University designates outstanding students as College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars, on the basis of registration and grade point average requirements for courses taken in residence at the University. College Scholars have demonstrated themselves as superior academically.

The College of Natural Sciences is proud of the accomplishments of our college scholars. Follow this link to see the listing of all our college scholars.

The University will be mailing honors cords, medallions if applicable, and certificates directly.   



To be designated a College Scholar, a student must meet the criteria outlined on the University Website.

Additionally, for the 2019-2020 year, CNS students with senior status must have a GPA of 3.8386 for College Honors and a GPA of 3.9844 for Distinguished Honors. CNS students with junior status must have a GPA of 3.8654 for College Honors and a GPA of 4.0 for Distinguished College Honors. Students must also meet all other requirements as outlined above. 

If you believe you are eligible based on the criteria above, but have not received congratulatory communication, please contact your academic advisor to ask about your status. 


Pass the Baton: A College of Natural Sciences Black Alumni/Student Event


When: Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:30AM- 12 PM

Where: Etter-Harbin Alumni Center, Cowboy Pavillion

Join College of Natural Sciences Black alumni and students after the Longhorn Run, and enjoy coffee and brunch while you make connections with fellow Longhorns new and old. 

In case of inclement weather the event will be held in the Legends Room inside the Etter Harbin Alumni Center. 


Graduates of Distinction Celebration


When:  Friday, May 22, 2020 

Each year, the College of Natural Sciences honors the world-changing individuals who have made the greatest impact in their time on campus. The Graduates of Distinction event celebrates outstanding achievements of seniors within the College of Natural Sciences. Those receiving recognition include Dean’s Honored Graduates (top all-around students) and graduates of distinction in four areas: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Service & Leadership, and Research.  This event is a casual reception, with light hors d’oeuvres and includes keynote remarks from Commencement speaker Alan Stern.

Attendance is by invitation only. RSVP is required. 

Accommodation requests for disability services should be made at least five days prior to the event. While every effort will be made, CNS Events may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests. For accommodation requests, please contact CNS Events at events@cns.utexas.edu.