The Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) program at the College of Natural Sciences is designed to promote the recruitment, retention, and success of women throughout the College.
To accomplish this, WINS creates a supportive and encouraging environment for women in the study of science throughout their lives by:
- Stimulating scientific interest and success of girls in grades K-12 through volunteer work in collaboration with local schools and organizations;
- Supporting undergraduate women in their first year by offering a cohort program and peer mentoring;
- Creating a community of high-achieving women whose focus on excellence in science and in life helps to form connections with each other throughout college and even past graduation;
- Encouraging female students to pursue research while in college as well as a post-graduate science education.
Why do we need WINS?
The goal of WINS is to help establish the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin as a leader in the cultivation, recruitment, retention, and ultimate success of women in the sciences.
Although great progress is being made, women still earn fewer bachelor's degrees in the sciences than their male counterparts. Similarly, while nearly half of all PhDs in science and engineering nationwide are awarded to women, representation of female faculty remains low.
By encouraging the love of science in school-aged girls and young women, and by supporting young women through their undergraduate studies, WINS aims to create a community of women scholars focused on scientific achievement at the university and beyond.