WINS is an expanding student community in the College of Natural Sciences that creates a supportive network and an atmosphere conducive to young women pursuing successful careers in science. Participants have the advantage of attending a large research university while also enjoying the group camaraderie and specialized opportunities being a part of WINS provides.
All WINS students:
- Receive guaranteed seats in popular first-year science courses
- Have access to a dedicated academic advisor
- Enroll in one of three one-hour seminars exclusively tailored to their WINS group
- Have automatic acceptance into the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI)
- On average, have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate from the College of Natural Sciences (CNS)
- Are well-positioned to continue their education beyond their years in CNS based on their participation in undergraduate research
First-year students have the opportunity to participate in one of three WINS tracks, outlined below.
Women in Research
Women in Research is designed for students interested in research opportunities as well as preparation for graduate school. This small group of women will be led by an FRI Research Educator as well as an upper-class WINS mentor. This is a two-year program which does NOT include a housing component.
Women in Health Professions
Women in Health Professions is ideal for students wanting to pursue a career in medicine and/or medical research. This seminar will be led by the directors of UT’s Health Professions Office and an upper-class WINS mentor. This is a two-year program which does NOT include a housing component.
WINS Residential Program (Signature Track)
Research shows students who live on-campus in smaller community settings their first year have on average higher GPAs and experience an easier transition to college life. The WINS Residential Program gives students interested in science, research, medicine, or any combination of the three, the ability to live together in a small community of like-minded women scholars in either Kinsolving or Jester Residence Halls. The Residential Program is led by the WINS Program Coordinator who works with program staff to connect students to leaders on campus, alumni, and professionals from across the country.
Students will be paired with an upper-class WINS mentor who will serve as their guide to campus and the College of Natural Sciences. The WINS Living Learning Community also includes the opportunity to engage in socially and educationally enriching activities within Austin as well as abroad.
While the living component is for the first year, students are able and often wish to remain involved in program activities all four years.