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College of Natural Sciences Honors Day


2022 College Scholars and Distinguished College Scholars

Each year the College of Natural Sciences has numerous events where we recognize outstanding students in our community. These include Second-Year Excellence Awards, Graduates of Distinction, Honors Day and more. 

Opportunities to nominate CNS students for recognition awards in the 22-23 school year will open soon. 


Honors Day 

COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES HONORS DAY CELEBRATION

Honors students have demonstrated themselves as superior academically. The morning of the University-wide Honors Day, the College of Natural Sciences holds a pre-celebration of our fantastic CNS honors students. 

Students have an opportunity to get their photo professionally taken with their guests, as well as beloved faculty and college leadership. Photos will be available for free download or print purchase after the event. Exclusive Texas Science Honors Day t-shirts will be also be distributed at the celebration. Family and friends are welcome.

Students being honored at the College of Natural Sciences event will receive notification and an invitation from Associate Dean Michael Drew. Please note that there are separate registration processes for the College and University ceremonies. Honors students and their families are invited to attend both events, but you may choose to attend just one or the other.

 

UNIVERSITY-WIDE HONORS DAY CEREMONY

The University-wide Honors Day ceremony is held each year on a Saturday in April at 2:00pm.

For more information please visit the University-wide Honors Day website. Please direct your questions about this event to the Office of University Events, 512-471-7753.

Honors cords and medallions are distributed at the University event. If you cannot make it, there will be opportunities to pick up your cords after the event. You will be emailed about specific times and locations for pick up after April 9. You may attend both events, neither, or one or the other as is your preference.

For questions about honors qualifications, please read the FAQ below. If you still have questions, contact your academic advisor.  

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

 

HONORS DAY: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the criteria for recognition on Honors Day?

To be designated a College Scholar, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The student must be registered as an undergraduate in the current semester. Students who hold a bachelor's degree or are registered in-absentia are not eligible.
  2. The student must have completed at least 30 semester hours of coursework in residence at the University, and at least 60 semester hours of college coursework, including transferred work and credit by examination.
  3. The student must rank in the top 20% of their class in each college or school in which he or she is pursuing a major, based on in-residence cumulative grade point average.
  4. The student must have an in-residence University grade point average of at least 3.50. (Keep in mind this is the University-wide minimum GPA criteria; the CNS GPA cut-offs are much higher – see below). 

To be designated a Distinguished College Scholar, a student must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The student must meet the first, second, and fourth College Scholar requirements stated above.
  2. The student also must rank in the top 4% of their class in each college or school in which they are pursuing a major, based on in-residence cumulative grade point average.

Since Distinguished College Scholars rank in the top 4% of their junior or senior class, and College Scholars rank in the top 20% of their junior or senior class, the specific GPA cut-offs vary each calendar year and also between the junior and senior classes.

For the 2021-2022 year, CNS students with  senior status  must have a GPA of 3.9238 for College Honors and a GPA of 4.0 for Distinguished Honors. CNS students with  junior status  must have a GPA of 3.9280 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 are a double major in more than one school or unit, you must meet the criteria, including variable GPA cut-offs, for both schools to be eligible as a Distinguished or College Honors Scholar.

If you have questions about your eligibility for Honors Day, please contact your academic advisor.

 

What is the difference between the College event and the University Honors Day Ceremony? 

The CNS celebration is a more casual, come and go event, where students and their families can enjoy a light breakfast and celebration. Students will have an opportunity to get their photo taken with UT mascots and beloved CNS leadership, and special Honors Day shirts will be distributed as well.  

The CNS celebration takes place in the morning, and will conclude well before the University-wide ceremony in the afternoon. We encourage you take advantage of the free time between these events to explore the forty acres and enjoy a celebratory lunch with loved ones.

The University-wide ceremony is a larger, more formal event, where students are recognized in groups. Honor cords and medallions will be distributed at the University-wide event. For more information, please visit the University-wide Honors Day website.

 


Aspire Awards

When: April 26, 2021, 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Where: Zoom

The College of Natural Sciences hosts the annual Aspire Awards to honor the accomplishments of Black, and LatinX students, both to celebrate their achievements and to inspire their continuation toward successful careers. This event is a great opportunity for students to celebrate their successes and invite their family and friends to celebrate with them.

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.


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

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021, 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: Zoom

Join the College of Natural Sciences Black alumni, students, faculty, and staff as they gather in a virtual environment. All are welcome, so please feel free to share this event with friends. Come make connections with fellow Longhorns new and old. 

RSVP to the event HERE

 


Graduates of Distinction Celebration

When: Friday, May 20, 2022
Where: Welch Hall Grand Concourse

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. 

Attendance is by invitation only.  RSVP is required. 

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