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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...

Sunday March 22, 2015

CNS Student Newsletter        Dear Students,   Back to work. That is all.   Best, Dr. VDB     P.S. Have you checked out the newsletter?  See link at the top.  Lots of things going on in the coming weeks.  Don’t forget those scholarship applications.   P.P.S. Looking for somet...

Spring Break

CNS Newsletter      Dear Students, I have only a couple of short messages for Spring Break. 1. Have Fun 2. Stay Safe 3. Don’t forget everything you have learned thus far this semester.  Best, -Dr. Vanden Bout   P.S. The weekly newsletter link is at the top of the email.  P.P.S.  My talk in Germany went ...

Don't Let Up

CNS Newsletter       Dear Students, This is not only the last week before Spring Break, this week also generally coincides with mid-term exams or the second exam in many classes.  There is a tendency for students to “check out” after this exam and start their break a bit early.  I would encourage you to avoid this h...

Recognition of Excellence II

CNS Newsletter Dear Students, Last week I wrote about nominating faculty, staff, and TAs for awards. This week I’m writing about nominating yourself!  The 2015-2016 College of Natural Sciences Common Scholarship Application is now available.  The common application is used to award college-level scholarships as well as the Health P...

Recognition of Excellence

CNS Newsletter Dear Students, It’s always nice to know when your work is making a difference.   It is especially gratifying when that recognition comes directly from the people you’re working for.  For faculty and staff in the College of Natural Sciences, that group is you.   Helping students learn and grow is the reason ...

Info Face to Face‏

CNS Newsletter   Dear Students, The internet is remarkable.  Unlike most of you, I remember when it didn’t exist (this week I get a chance to wear my Old Man Hat).  Before the age of the internet, searching for information was often a challenge.  When I tried to learn about potential graduate schools, it wasn’t easy.  A ...

Beyond the Classroom

Dear Students,    We spend a lot of time talking about academic success.  This isn’t a bad idea, since we are in fact all here to learn.  However, it’s important to also spend time thinking about personal growth.  Here at the start of the spring semester, it’s worth taking a little time to think about things ...

Science Communication

Dear Students,  Many students don’t realize the importance of communication skills in science.  Great results in the lab have little impact if they are not communicated to anyone outside of the lab.  Scientists work hard to disseminate their results to the world through papers, posters, talks, and other presentations.  Moreover ...

New Semester

Dear Students,     I hope that everyone has had a great start to the new semester!  It has only been a week, but we are back and going strong.  Some of you are getting into the groove of your second semester at UT; while for some of you, this is your last semester at UT!   Whether this is your first spring, your last...