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Mailing Address:

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

WINS Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Morgan
(512) 232-1062
PAI 5.60

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How to Apply
First-Year WINS Application deadlines: 

Priority: March 11th

Final: March 21st 

Elizabeth Morgan, Program Coordinator (coming soon...)

Olivia Biehle, WINS Advisor (coming soon...)

Rachel obimah || WINS & Student life student assistant

rachel

Biochemistry, BSA Pre-Med

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Austin is great for outdoors! I love running on trails and kayaking on Lady Bird Lake.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Freakin’ Vegan breakfast taco from Tacodeli is a GREAT flavor explosion in the mouth for vegans, vegetarians, and even meat lovers!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I love studying in the basement of the College of Liberal Arts building. They have great small conference room spaces with nearly soundproof walls!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I do a number of things to de-stress, but my all time favorite is going home to visit my parents.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Have fun, but stay focused! There are so many new adventures and people waiting for you in Austin that the lines between social and academic life can blur. So, try to enjoy your freshman year but do not forget why you're here.

ashley nguyen || WINS & student life student assistant

ashley

Biochemistry with the Social Entrepreneurship and Non-profits Certificate

Hometown: Plano, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Being outdoors! There is nothing more I love about Austin than the abundant things that can be done in the beautiful outdoors that we get to call out home! From tubing to kayaking and hiking, there is a never-ending list of activities that await new and old Austinites.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? One of my favorites places to eat around campus is Halal Bros, which is near west campus just north of Kerbey Lane. If you like Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food like kebabs and gyros, you will absolutely love this place! If you come during the lunch rush, you might end up stuck in line for a while but it is absolutely worth it. My favorite is the combination over rice.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I honestly love studying at Cream Whiskers, which is on 22nd ½ St and Rio Grande. It is right behind the Plucker’s in West Campus! I am personally a fan of some background coffee shop noise and the place is just decorated so nicely, which just creates a more positive study atmosphere. However, if I really need to buckle down, I go to the PCL despite the lack of cute decorations there! At the PCL, there is no room for distractions.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Just do something with your friends! I am not someone who can just sit at a desk for 24 hours straight doing nothing else except for studying. I love to just take a break every few hours to go out to eat with friends, go on a walk down by the greenbelt, or my very favorite way to de-stress, retail therapy! I am a big fan of going to the Domain for a bit to do some shopping, usually window-shopping!

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Take it all in. I know that sometimes things get a little stressful and a lot of stuff gets thrown on your plate, but our college years are seriously some of the best years of our life. Don’t ever tell yourself that you can’t wait for college to be over and how you are just dreading every single moment because of all the studying and stress that is accumulating. While the stress and anxiety may build up due to exams and other academic commitments, it is so worth it in the end. So never lose sight of why you are here in the first place, and just take in every single moment of it. Before you know it, you will be walking down that aisle at graduation wishing you still had another four years to go!

Desiree parker || WINS & Student life student assistant

desiree

Biology

Hometown: McKinney, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love to go Paddle Boarding on Lady Bird Lake when the weather is nice.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Kerbey Lane Café has their own Queso that is amazing and their Cinnamon Roll Pancakes.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The PCL with a group of people or my apartment on my own are my favorite places to study.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Going to Teavana and ordering a tea and getting nails done.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Remember everything is going to be alright  J And Google first then ask questions!

 

Alice cheung || WINS & Student life media student assistant

alice

Chemistry with the Creative Writing Certificate

Hometown: Georgetown, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Hiking at the Greenbelt - I love exploring it because I always find someplace new. It's a great place to slow down and relax a bit, and seeing the sunset on the water and the fireflies in the trees really reminds you how beautiful life is.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Don Juan at Juan in a Million is cheap and delicious! 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I like switching up study spots, but my go-to places are either the Scholar Commons in PCL or the Stacks in the Life Science Library. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Splurging a little (or a lot) at Sephora and painting my nails! Or curling up with some tea and reading a good non-fiction book.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: College provides so many opportunities for you to explore all of your interests. Take classes for fun, join organizations you've always wanted to try out. You truely create your own college experience, so make it the one you want.

JULIA SERNA || WINS Outreach coordinator

julia

Biology, BSA

Hometown: Katy, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love to plan small event parties with my friends such as Thanksgiving potlucks, White Elephant Christmas parties, and Galentine’s Day celebrations!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Magic Shroom burger at Hopdoddy Burger bar with their green chile queso fries! YUM!!!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I like studying at the FAC during the nighttime. It’s not too loud and not too quiet.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I like to do weight lifting at Gregory gym with my workout buddy.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone! Try something new, explore Austin, make friends, and join an organization that fosters your interests. Take advantage of the many opportunities that are offered to you in college, because they’ll provide you with a fun, necessary break from studying. 

 


PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Adiba oiyshi

adiba

Public Health with the Business of Healthcare Certificate

Hometown: Arlington, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Hangout with peacocks at Mayfield Park

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Chicken fajitas at Trudy’s Tex Mex

3. Where is your favorite place to study? Student Programs Center at the Texas Union

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Take a hot shower while singing Coldplay at the top of my lungs

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: GET INVOLVED! Go out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to take advantage of all the resources and opportunities around you. Whether it’s going to a professor’s officer hours, joining an organization of your favorite hobby, or getting lunch with people you just met—it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Alexis vu

alexis

Biology BSA with the Business Foundations Certificate

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love going kayaking and being able to see the Austin skyline from the water. Mount Bonnell is also a must-do activity because it’s an absolutely beautiful view!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The donuts from Gourdough’s are probably the most extravagant desserts I have ever eaten! You have to go get one and experience the food coma/ extreme satisfaction at least once before you leave Austin J

3. Where is your favorite place to study? If I want to do hardcore studying, I’ll stay in my room. If I want to group-study or socialize then definitely the 5th floor of PCL. You’ll be surprised at how many friends you’ll meet/make there!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Bless Netflix for taking my mind off of schoolwork. I love rewatching Friends, The Office, Bob’s Burgers, or Parks and Recreation to relax.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Who you were in high school doesn’t define who you are in college. UT will only be as fun and rewarding as you make it, so try new things and don’t be afraid to fail-you never know what new opportunities are out there unless you look for them! 

Blaire mcleod

blaire

Physics and Astronomy

Hometown: Bulverde

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I like to go shopping at Buffalo Exchange with my friends fairly regularly…and eat at Subway…Subway is bae.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? I’m not too adventurous with my food choices, but the kerby queso at Kerby Lane Café gives me life, so you should definitely try it.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I love to study in the SAC! The second floor is usually less busy than the first, and you can get a lot of work done there on the weekends! It’s a great place if you don’t mind a bit of background noise (it usually helps me focus a bit).

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I go to yoga twice a week at Gregory Gym. It’s pretty relaxing, but also hilarious to watch yourself try and be athletic in the wall mirrors. Fun fact that I’ve learned: I am NOT athletic.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: It’s really daunting being in a new place all by yourself, especially if you have a tendency to be shy around new people. My best advice is to try your best to overcome that. Go to a ton of club meetings. Challenge yourself to start a conversation with someone new. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It may not seem like it, but everyone has gone through the same adjustment to college life that you are going through now, and we all know how it feels. We’re all here for you guys <3

Shreya chandrasekar

shreya

Computer Science

Hometown: Coppell, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? ACL Music Festival was super fun! It was my first concert, and I got to see so many amazing artists such as Drake, J. Cole, and Twenty-One Pilots. Make sure you go at least once during your time at UT!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Gourmet grilled cheese from Burro Cheese Kitchen in South Congress is truly amazing. It’s a food truck that serves different types of grilled cheese sandwiches; there’s one sandwich with figs which is to die for!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The Scholars Commons on the 2nd floor at the PCL has cubicle study spaces that are really spacious and induce productivity. During finals week, I went there quite early, holed up, and rarely got distracted!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? When I do find time to de-stress, I take siestas or watch Netflix – Stranger Things is one of my favorite shows. 

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Get to class early so you can sit in the front. This way, there’s a higher chance that professors will recognize you when you go to office hours. Also, go to office hours – professors love interacting with students and talking about the course itself or their research. Doing these things will especially help you when you need recommendation letter

Zaina abbas

zaina

Neuroscience

Hometown: Carrollton, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Austin is pretty amazing in terms of the weather and nature, so I really like taking advantage of it when I need a breath of fresh air or want to have fun. Whether it’s jogging out to Lady Bird Lake and running those trails or going paddle boarding, there’s always plenty to do and it’s even more fun with friends.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The chicken shawarma wrap from Kismet Cafe is definitely something to try. The restaurant is right across campus, there’s actually a lot of good food from there, but the wrap is under $5 so it’s a pretty nice light meal or snack that’s is conveniently available.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I like studying in different places, I feel like the new environment makes it a bit more fun to study every time. When I was a freshman, I’d walk over to the Fine Arts Library and study there because it was far enough to motivate me to stay and study until I was actually done.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I feel like music is always a go-to for relaxing, but I will say I’ve always been a big fan of just walking it out, so it’s really nice that there’s always nice things to see on campus like at the Blanton Museum of Art or the Harry Ransom Center, or even in most of the buildings.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Go to office hours! It’s nerve-wracking at first, but it can quickly become a part of your day- to-day routine. It’s also good to have that relationship with your professors, especially if you find yourself asking them for a recommendation letter one day.