Q: What is WINS?
A: WINS is a program developed by the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) to increase recruitment, retention, and success of female students pursuing an education in a science field. The smaller community formed by WINS creates a support network and environment conducive to young women pursuing a successful career in their chosen area of science. Most importantly it helps students find their home at UT Austin.
Disciplines include astronomy, chemistry, biochemistry, computer sciences, marine science, mathematics, physics, public health and all fields of biological sciences.
Program objectives are:
- Establish UT-Austin as a leader in recruitment and retention of successful women scientists.
- Create an environment of support and encouragement for all women.
- Encourage students to pursue academic career paths.
- Increase retention rates among undergraduates.
- Stimulate scientific interest and success of girls in grades K-12.
Q: How do I join WINS?
A: WINS is not a membership driven organization. Our program invites high-achieving high school students to apply in the spring of their senior year. Once admitted, students have the opportunity to continue participating in WINS throughout their college career. Please visit How to Apply for more info.
If you are a current student, we recommend you explore the Women in Science organization or another that fits your interests.
Q: What are the requirements of participation in WINS?
A: All students participating in WINS must be accepted into the program then plan to attend a special advising & a welcome meeting during summer orientation. Students are also expected to remain active in WINS activities throughout the fall and spring semesters to continue with the program.
Q: Can I participate in WINS and not reside in Kinsolving or Jester?
A: All first-year students are encouraged to take advantage of the WINS Living-Learning Environment if possible. However, we will review and consider all applications. Preference will be given to students planning to live in Kinsolving or Jester but this is not grounds for automatic application dismissal. Everyone's entire application will be reveiwed. Upperclassmen have no living requirements although many meet their future roommates during their first year in the program.
Q: If I do live in Kinsolving or Jester, do I have to live with another WINS student?
A: No. If you are planning to live with WINS, you have the option of requesting to live with another WINS student but this is not a requirement. If you already have plans to room with someone else, this is no problem and you would work this out through Housing.
Q: Should I mark Kinsolving or Jester as my first choice for housing?
A: Your first preference should be the residence hall you would like to live in if not selected for WINS. As long as you reflect in your WINS application that you would like to live in Kinsolving or Jester if accepted, then we will consider that your preference. If selected for WINS, we will work with Housing to place the participants appropriately.
Q: How do I apply for WINS?
A: Students admitted to The University of Texas at Austin who qualify for this program are sent a letter of invitation during the final months of their senior year in high school (usually in early March). If you wish to apply and did not receive a letter, please visit How to Apply & contact Elizabeth Morgan for more information.
Q: Can I participate in WINS and other special programs such as Dean's Scholars, Health Science Honors, BSP, TIP Scholars, Turing Scholars, or Plan II Honors?
A: No, and you would not need to do so. All other special programs have their own set of classes and already form a smaller community within UT.
Q: Will participation in WINS affect a scholarship award?
A: No, participation in WINS will not affect a scholarship award.