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
- Enrollment in a 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)
- Have the opportunity to engage in socially and educationally enriching activities within Austin as well as abroad
- 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 two WINS two-year tracks, outlined below.
WINS Non-Residential Track
Non-residential WINS students will have the opportunities to connect with peers and professors in CNS through various activities. Weekly First Year Interest Group (FIG) seminars, led by two mentors and staff facilitators, create a space to learn about the sciences, different career opportunities, and resources on campus. The Non-Residential Track 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 Kinsolving Residence Hall. Students in the program are paired with an upper-class WINS mentor who will serve as their guide to campus and the College of Natural Sciences. 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.
Some of our annual activities have included:
- Outdoor hiking
- Double-decker bus tour
- Local outreach initiatives focused on young girls in science
- Overnight stay at the Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas
- Partnership with the Thinkery to engage families in fun science activities throughout the Austin area
While the seminars and living component are for first year students only, students are able and often wish to remain involved in program activities all four years.