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Mailing Address:

University of Texas at Austin
Women in Natural Sciences
1 University Station, G2500
Austin, TX 78712
utwinsprogram@utexas.edu

WINS Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Morgan

Apply to WINS

FRI/WINS Application - all eligible majors will be able to apply for WINS through the FRI application. Read the WINS FAQ to determine if you will be eligible to apply.

First-Year WINS Application deadline: 

Extended Deadline: 11:59pm on April 12, 2020

 


 

elizabeth Morgan || WINS Program director

ElizabethatPiccu_1.jpgElizabeth has worked professionally with student success initiatives and mentoring programs at the University of Texas at Austin for over fourteen years. She currently serves as the Student Life Coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences. In this role, she oversees leadership development initiatives, diversity engagement, event funding, and connecting students across the college with each other and the administration. Elizabeth also directs the Women in Natural Sciences Program. Through this role, she has seen the program grow from supporting 23 first-semester students to a four-year program with over 250 total students. Watching her students succeed in the sciences and develop friendships and connections that will last well after their time at the university has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

 

Olivia Biehle || WINS PROGRAM Advisor

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Olivia Biehle is the Academic Advisor for WINS, and she is an alum of the program. Olivia joined WINS in Fall 2011 as a freshman math major, and she was a WINS mentor for the next two years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, Olivia applied for and became the WINS Academic Advisor. Olivia advises each WINS student on their major, career, and life plans. She also works with Elizabeth to help plans events, trips, and seminars, and Olivia leads a weekly spotlight on Women in STEM in seminar, highlighting accomplishments made by women in science. Olivia loves being a part of WINS, first as a student, a mentor, and now as the Academic Advisor. WINS was an incredibly positive and inspiring part of her undergraduate career, and she is excited to continue working with the program.

 

 

 

Lorena Rodriguez || WINS PROGRAM ADVISOR

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Lorena is one of the academic advisors for WINS. She graduated from UT Austin in 2016 with a BA in Psychology and Health & Society. While in undergrad, she enjoyed working as an orientation advisor, Gateway Scholars mentor, and officer for Women in Medicine. It was there that she found her passion for student affairs, and empowering women in STEM! In fall 2016, she began working professionally at UT in the Scheduling Department in the Office of the Registrar. She joined the College of Natural sciences in 2018 as an academic advisor for the Center for First Year Advising. She particularly enjoys working with the first year and transfer population of students. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education Leadership at the UT Austin College of Education.

 


STUDENT ASSISTANTS

Briana Ortiz || WINS & Student Life Student Assistant

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Biology, Pre-Med

Hometown: Laredo, TX 

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite thing to do in Austin is kayak on lady bird lake and go to the Alamo Drafthouse on a regular basis. ACL is amazing though, you have to go at least once while in Austin. 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Hopdoddy’s fries and burgers on SOCO are my go to, but there is a special place in my heart for Quatro Gatti’s Italian food. Both are a must.

 3. Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study is honestly on my bed in my apartment or in my kitchen. I like studying where there are people around me.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? My favorite way to destress is to take a hot bath and binge watch some of my favorite shows on Netflix.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Just don’t over stress about things that aren’t important and take advantage of college life while you have the chance and before you have to start living in the real world. Put yourself out there whether it be for school, for sports, or for fun. Embrace everything and don’t forget to smell the roses!

 

VARSHA MULLANGI  || WINS & Student Life student Assistant

Varsha

Public Health, Pre-Med

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Anything outdoors! Camping at Pace Bend Park, kayaking, hiking, lakeside picnics, all of it.  

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? A late-night burger and shake from P. Terry's. 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The Central Austin Public Library downtown. Big windows, books, and right on the water. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Going on a stroll through downtown in the evening, stress shopping at Trader Joe's, or cooking!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't be afraid of failing and figuring things out. Stick to your path, try not to get too caught up with what everyone else is doing, and just remember to be kind to yourself. You will be okay, and you can ALWAYS ask for help. 

 

tanaya pampattiwar || wins & student life student assistant

TanayaPublic Health, Pre-Med

Hometown: Katy, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love grabbing a bunch of snacks/finger foods from HEB and picnicking with good friends at Zilker Park! You can even take a dip in the Barton Springs Pool afterward.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Go to Halal Bros and order the chicken shawarma over rice and ask for extra red and white sauce. It will change your life. You are welcome.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The FAC when I want to group study and the 3rd/4th floor of the NHB when I need some quiet, undisturbed studying!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Binge watching Netflix shows, junk journaling, dancing while doing chores with my music on blast

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Use these four years to grow as a person. Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Take classes that are not part of your degree plan but sound interesting to you, join an IM team for that sport you have always wanted to play, study abroad in your dream city. College is a custom “choose your own adventure" book; dream away! 


PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

GABBIE mcDANIEL || OUTREACH CO-coordinator

GabbieBiology, Pre-Med

Hometown: Dallas, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Paddleboarding!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? I don't eat out much.

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  Anywhere but home. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Netflix and sleeping! 

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't overwhelm yourself. Give yourself time to adjust and adapt. You have a whole four or more years to focus on academics, but make sure you leave time for yourself.

 

SUZANNE ZEID || OUTREACH CO-COORDINATOR

SuzanneBiochemistry, Pre-Med

Hometown: Longview, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite activity is going to all the UT home football games with my friends. I've always been super into sports, so going to UT sporting events provides the perfect escape from the stress of college life.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? If you live in Austin, it's an absolute must to eat at Pluckers. My go-to meal at Pluckers is Dr. Pepper wings and waffle fries. They also are constantly giving out free coupons at sporting events when UT wins.

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  My favorite place to study is the PCL because you can reserve a private study with TVs that support device pairing/mirroring.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? My favorite ways to de-stress are watching NFL games, Premier League games, and Netflix.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't get too caught up in schoolwork that you forget to explore the amazing city of Austin, Texas!

 

JULIA MCNULTY || FUNDRAISING AND ALUMNI RELATIONS COORDINATOR

JuliaBiology Pre-Med

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I spend a lot of weekends checking out different thrift shops around Austin. I love finding unique clothing that you wouldn’t see anywhere else.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Detroit-style pizza from Via 313 on Guad is probably the best pizza I've ever had!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  I like studying in the architecture library because it is super quiet so there are no distractions.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Spending time with friends is always a good way to de-stress. We usually watch movies together or go out to eat.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Make time to grow your friendships. This can be hard with a busy schedule but it’s so important to maintain good relationships. Friends can not only help you through your classes but also help you to experience new things and can help you if you’re ever going through something difficult.

 

PAYAL AMIN || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

PayalBiology, Pre-Med

Hometown: Austin, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Watching the sunset at Mt. Bonnell

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? A falafel form Kebabalicious

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  Anywhere with a view of the city

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Watching the sunset while listening to my favorite music

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Plan out your day-to-day schedule to keep yourself from falling behind.

 

BRIANNA MIDDLETON || PROGRAM ASSISTANT

BriBiology, Pre-Med

Hometown: Fresno, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Bike riding.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Chicken and Waffles entree at Moonshine Grill.

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  The Life Science Library in the UT Tower.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Listening to my favorite songs.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Everyone's path to success is different, so don't compare yourself to others. Always remember that you are an extraordinary individual that can accomplish anything you want in life.

 

HANNAH BARNES || PROGRAM ASSISTANT

HannahBiology 

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love diversifying my music tastes and finding community among the many different concerts in Austin. ACL can be a great experience, but I find the most fun in smaller venues like the Mohawk :-)

 

 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Anything from Sala & Betty !!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?   The outdoor patio behind RLP or on the 3rd floor of the NHB!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I always take some time out of my day to draw, paint, or find some creative outlet of my choosing; all while listening to my favorite music!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: It’s alright to feel unprepared or undecided in your path after college; you have so much time ahead of you to plan and explore your interests. Have fun with the classes you take, network with your professors, contact the many career/major exploratory programs on campus, and take advantage of the support WINS has to offer you :-)

 

SHREYA THIAGARAJAN || PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Shreya TNeuroscience

Hometown: Austin, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Biking by Lady Bird Lake

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Truffle fries at Hopdoddy

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  NHB 3rd floor or the balcony at the central library

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Taking a walk with my friends

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Say yes to every opportunity you are offered whether or not you think you're qualified for it or not. College is the best time to explore new things and you can always step back from some activities if it's too much.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I really enjoy hanging out at some of the outdoor places in Austin. A few of my favorites are Zilker park, Mt. Bonnell, and Auditorium Shores!