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CNS Distinctions

CNS Distinctions are awarded to approximately 150-200 graduating students, representing around 5% of each graduating class, and are awarded in spring only. The Distinctions can be awarded across four dimensions:

  • Research
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • Service & Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship

The College of Natural Sciences Distinction Award recognizes graduating students exemplifying one of the areas above. These are students who have made strong contributions in one or more of these dimensions, shaping our college and university culture to promote the value of each of these areas.   

Student nominations are accepted from faculty, staff, or students, and students can self-nominate.  

Distinction nominations are reviewed holistically, including review by a committee for each dimension.  

The college will confirm graduation status of all Distinction nominees. Students who are not graduating in spring will be held and added to the Distinction nomination pool in their graduating year.

Please note: this is a separate award from Dean's Honored Graduates (DHG), and students can earn both awards.


Deadline for submission: Friday, March 3, 2023


If you have questions please contact events@cns.utexas.edu.