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Research Week

Dear Students, Last week, we hosted the Undergraduate Research Forum, which showcased research from over 200 of our CNS undergraduates. And this week we kick off Research Week on campus. There will be research galore from all across campus. If traditional research isn't your cup of tea, you can still benefit from all the events. There are art ...

Solve Any Problem with a Fish

Dear Students, I don't know that you can actually solve any problem with a fish, but why not ask the question? After all, we don't make progress by playing it safe, and this week we highlight some ambitious questions at the Undergraduate Research Forum. This Friday from 11am-3pm, the 3rd floor of the Texas Union will be packed with students sh...

Toot Your Own Horn

Dear Students, Almost everyone suffers from feeling like a fraud sometimes. Whether it's sitting in your chemistry class, thinking everyone else knows what's going on, or feeling your work must be 100% perfect or it's not good enough. Everyone feels like they are an imposter at times, but it is important to recognize that you may just be outsi...

Love Yourself

Dear Students, Last week I talked about academic support, but this week I want to talk about self-care. In one of your intro science courses, I'm sure you have learned about systems and how if one part of the system goes out of kilter the rest of the system suffers. Since your body is one big system (a system of systems, in fact), it's importa...

Exams are Awesome

Dear Students, Welcome back! For most of you, midterms are coming up quickly (or happened just before the break). It's easy to see midterms as a thorn or as an undesirable part of the learning process, but I encourage you to try shifting your mindset and see them as a valuable tool in the learning process. If you do well on your midterms, you'...

Take a break

Dear Students, Last week brought a leadership change in the college that I want to make you all aware of. I stepped into a new role on a temporary basis as Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences. Back in August, Dean Linda Hicke announced that this academic year would be her last, and last week she stepped down from her post. I expect...

Push Ahead, Plan Ahead

Dear Students, I don't know about you, but I often have the greatest intentions to make a plan for the future. The next thing I know, time seems to catch up with me. Before I know it, I have not only missed the chance to execute my plan, I haven't even found the time to make it. To get out of this rut I have tried to be very intentional about ...

Choose your own adventure

Dear Students, As we await the arrival of spring in Austin, it is time to be sure you have a plan for summer (and, for some of you, a plan for life after UT). So I offer you a "choose your own adventure" in future planning.Thinking about a career in the health professions? Mark your calendar for the Health Professions Fair on Wednesday, Februa...

Can’t get enough of your love (and a registration deadline)

Dear Students,  I normally try to keep the weekly emails short and sweet but this week we had so much going on, I just had to send two.That is because it is time to register for the College of Natural Sciences' Undergraduate Research Forum (URF).All CNS undergraduate students who have participated in research with CNS faculty or with faculty i...

For the Love of Science

Dear Students,This week, love is in the air. So why not celebrate your love of science by taking a special friend to a science event? There is an array of events that will help you embrace your love of science together.We have an amazing guest lecture from Dr. Rob Knight on "Microbiomes and Gut Health" that is hosted by the Department of Nutritiona...

Have I got some news for you

Dear Students,Every day, there are amazing things happening across the College of Natural Sciences. Being such a large community, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest news. Fear not! Because the college has its own outlet to share stories about interesting people, new discoveries, and the latest events.Too busy to seek out college news? I...

Help is on the way

Dear Students,Actually, help is not on the way. You have to go and find it. Luckily, we have made it very easy. In addition to all the support provided directly from your class in terms of office hours and help sessions, there is support for many of the College's larger course offerings most nights of the week.The College has drop-in tutoring for i...

Get Immersed in Science

Dear Students,The College of Natural Sciences has an amazing resource called the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science (TIDES). Many of you know TIDES as the home to our Freshman Research Initiative, as well as the support for our expansive Undergraduate Research Forum held each spring. But the team in TIDES also does much more.This sp...

Participate

Dear Students,Welcome back to a new year and a new semester. Once again, we begin this semester with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday. So if you don't have plans for how to spend the holiday, here are a few.Both in Austin and around the nation, today is a day of service and celebration in our communities. So find a way to participate. Come to...

It has arrived

Dear Students,It has arrived. The last day of class this semester! And while for some of you that means donuts and CIS sheets, I know for others it is likely that last exam. So keep up the good work as we head into finals.I could drone on and on about finals but I will offer only my same few small pieces of advice.Take care of yourself. Take advant...