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Senior Countdown

​For some of you, graduation is right around the corner, while for others of you, it may seem further away. Wherever you are in your four-year plan, it's a great time to commit to your graduation date. I wanted to be sure that you all know about Senior Countdown. It is a program that provides an opportunity for you to earn rewards and gain access t...

Summer

As the fall weather starts to finally kick in (at least a few mornings are cool), we can see that we've turned the corner, and we are more than halfway through the semester. Like many of you, my mind starts to wander to what I'll do next summer. Seriously? Next summer? It's not even November!!? There are tons of great opportunities for learning and...

Natural Sciences Week

It is about halfway through the fall semester. Time flies. Before you know it, you will be graduating. So while you need to be focused on your academics, don't let time slip away before you have a chance to experience everything that the College of Natural Sciences has to offer. Not sure where to start? How about Natural Sciences Week? This is an e...

Family Day

October 17th will be Family Day. This is a chance for families to come to UT to visit and see what campus life is all about.

Talking about Science

​Dear Students,Last week, I was in England for a scientific conference. While it was a lovely chance both to visit with some of my research collaborators and to see a bit of England, most of my time was spent in a hotel conference room listening to talks. The meeting was on electronic processes in organic materials and covered topics ranging from s...

Exam Time

Dear Students,It's still exam time. Some of you have had your first round of tests this year (for example, all the students in my chemistry course). For others, they will come this week. Whether they have gone well or are something you're hoping to forget, this is an important opportunity.Whether you aced the exam, bombed it, or ended up somewhere ...

CNS Cornerstones

Dear Students,We are now heading into starting the routine of the semester. Right when you've found your rhythm, it will get disrupted by the first round of major assignments and exams. Not to worry. Those come in regular intervals as well, and you can work them into your routine, too.Good routines are critical. There are things you should be doing...

Think About It

Dear Students,We are now heading into the second full week of classes. As the semester is just beginning, it is time to start thinking about graduation. What?!! Not my first round of exams? Well yes, that is important too. Remember to study. Back to graduation. What do you think you'll do after you graduate? You might be saying "Seriously? I just ...

Welcome Back

​Dear Students, My name is David Vanden Bout. As many of you know, I am the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Natural Sciences. Welcome to a new academic year! We are now into the first full week of classes and I hope that everyone is getting into their routine of studying. Nothing will help you more in your cla...

Connected to @TexasScience

Dear Students,   The end of the year is nearly upon us.  For many you, exams are over and you are already at home.  For others there is that one last final exams to finish up in the next few days.  For some of you this is not only the end of the year, but the end of your undergraduate career.  But whether you are currentl...

Finals

CNS Newsletter   Dear students,   Classes are done.  All that is left in the semester is finals.  So I’d like to share two messages this week:  one for those you who are not graduating this May, and one for those of you who are.   For those of you not graduating:  Get to work.  You still have finals.&nb...

Last Week of Class

CNS Newsletter   Dear students,   Here it is: the last week of class. For many of you, this is the end of your first year at UT.  For others, these are the last few classes of your college career.   Regardless of where you are in your education, I urge you to finish the semester strong.  It is easy to start ...

Looking to hear from you

CNS Newsletter      Dear students,   The end of the year is coming.  And while you all are working hard on ending the academic year on a strong note, the College is busy planning for next year (and years to come).  This can be harder than you might think. One of the major challenges is making sure that we hear from...

Spring is a busy time

CNS Newsletter      Dear Students,   Spring can be a remarkably busy time.  Classes are winding down and yet the work load is still going strong (or accelerating).  Students are making plans for summer, fall, and potentially graduation all at the same time.  So to help you sort through this I’ll simply point y...

The end is sooner than you think

CNS Newsletter    Dear Students, The end of the semester is sooner than you think.   Classes are more than halfway finished, and things always seem to move faster toward the end than they did at the beginning.  (Especially for the seniors who are going to graduate!)  So I have only a couple of quick messages. Keep u...