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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
PAI 5.60

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First-Year WINS Application deadline: 

April 4, 2018

 


 

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.

 

 

 

Keniahkiw weso|| WINS PROGRAM ADVISOR 

Kay Kay HeadshotKeniahkiw (Kay Kay) is an experienced academic advisor with a demonstrated history of working in higher education and has helped students succeed for over a decade.  She began her advising career at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, her alma mater.  After relocating to Milwaukee, WI, she worked at Bryant & Stratton College for over five years as an academic advisor.  Kay Kay joins us from Washington State University in Pullman, WA where she was the Retention Specialist and Mentor Coordinator for Native American Programs.  She is a senior academic advisor in the Center for First Year Advising for the College of Natural Sciences. Her favorite part of academic advising is assisting students in developing intellectual potential, exploring education opportunities, and defining life goals.

 

 

 


STUDENT ASSISTANTS

Briana Ortiz || WINS & Student Life Student Assistant

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Biology

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!

 

PRACHI KHANNA || WINS & STUDENT LIFE STUDENT ASSISTANT

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Neuroscience, BSA Honors

Hometown: Frisco, TX 

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love visiting Zilker Park. In the winter, the Trail of Lights is definitely a fun and exciting place to be with friends. In the spring, Zilker is awesome for playing volleyball with friends and even looking at cute dogs!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Tarka at the Domain is AMAZING! If you love Indian food I definitely recommend trying out their amazing food.

 3. Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study is the third floor of the Norman Hackerman Building! The view of the campus is absolutely breathtaking from up there.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? My favorite way to de-stress is to watch The Office or grab some boba with friends.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't plan out your entire life. It's okay to have an idea of where you want to be and what you would like to do in the future but realize that there are some things that aren't under your control. Don't be afraid to try out different majors or professional tracks because while your time at this University may be short, your future is long-lasting.

 

KAYLA EBOREIME || CDE & Student Life student Assistant

KaylaPublic Health, Pre-med

Hometown: Round Rock, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love to attend poetry slams and contests in the Austin area. It's a great way to learn about different perspectives and the diversity of art. 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? I love Moonshines chicken and waffles! I love the southern chic comfort food aesthetic of the restaurant. Moonshine is a great place to go with friends.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I love to study in quiet places with dim yellow lighting. The Union has comfy seats and feels like a home away from home during exam seasons. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I love to take myself on what I like to call Self-care Saturday. Some weekends that's getting my nails done, thrifting or hanging out with friends. Regardless it's about decompressing and rewarding myself with fun after a busy week.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Remember to love and encourage yourself. All you can do is give your absolute best. Obsessively comparing  yourself to others is not helpful for your own growth. 

 

tanaya pampattiwar || wins & student life student assistant

TanayaPublic Health

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!

 

 Gabby McDaniel || wins & student life student assistant 

GabbyBiology, BSA Pre-Med

Hometown: Dallas, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite activity in Austin is roller skating at the Austin Roller Rink. Im not the best at skating but its super fun and relaxing. 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Tikka Masala at Teji's on Guadalupe is one of my all time Austin favorites. Teji's is also open late so its awesome for late night munchies. 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study is on the 2.5 floor of Kinsolving. I live in Kinsolving and it is a super convenient and quiet space for me to focus.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I have a few pastimes that help me destress, but my favorite hands down is sleeping. I take naps any chance I get. 

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: My advice to incoming freshman is to avoid procrastination at all costs. Spacing out your schedule will save you so much stress.


PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Adiba oiyshi || Outreach Director

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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.

 

 

Katie Kolp || OUTREACH co-Coordinator

Biology, Pre-Med with a minor in Religious Studies

Hometown: Beaumont, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin?  love Hamilton Pool! The hike is short enough to not too intense, but long enough for you to work up a sweat to make you enjoy the pool even more when you get there! Even when you can't get in the water, the scenery is absolutely beautiful, and everyone should go at least once. 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? It's not really a meal, but getting queso from Kerbey Lane is an essential for anyone new to Austin!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I love studying in the Union or the FAC. They both have a more casual, relaxed atmosphere than the PCL, which discourages me from getting too stressed. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I de-stress by watching Netflix, grabbing coffee with friends, or driving off campus for an afternoon. It is very important for me to physically distance myself from the source of my stress every once in a while.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: One piece of advice I have for incoming freshman is to get involved! I think it's incredibly valuable to have academic organizations, but it's also important to have orgs specifically for fun and friends. Setting aside time weekly for things other than school is a good way to stay balanced, and the easiest way for me to achieve that is to make obligations to orgs I'm involved in. 

 

Nikita Ghosh || Events Director 

Public Health Major and Business Foundations Minor, Pre-Med

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love finding new brunch places and food trucks to try as well as relaxing in a kayak on Ladybird Lake! Petting dogs at Zilker park is also super fun!  

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Any taco place! My personal favorites are Torchy's, Tacodeli and Taco Joint!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? I like going to any coffee shop but my favorites include Medici and Mañana Cafe!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I love to dance so I enjoy going to Bollywood dance practice after a long day and just letting go of any worries for those few hours! I'm currently on a competitive dance team here at UT and spending time with my teammates really de-stresses me!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: I would say make the most of your experience here at UT by not being afraid to try new things and talk to many people! The opportunities at this university are endless, but it's up to you find your niche! And believe me, you will :) 

 

christy cao || Events co-coordinator

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Biology

Hometown: Houston, TX 

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

My favorite activity in Austin is to go explore different hiking trails and to enjoy the nature of each. I also love biking around Lady Bird Lake and going to Trader Joe’s (they have the best flowers)! 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? You really get a bang for your buck at Don Japanese Kitchen. It’s very affordable and the serving sizes are huge! The food is also amazing and made fresh. If you’re craving Asian food, this place is a must and it’s super close to campus!

 3. Where is your favorite place to study? I love studying at Coffee shops like Revival, Sa-Ten, Bennu, etc.! On campus, I like to study at the counters in Welch. It’s pretty quiet in there, and it feels like you have your own office except for the fact that there are people walking behind you (haha). I also really enjoy studying in the Union on the 3rd/ 4th floor! 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I like to walk/run at night while listening to soulful music! 

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Have an open mind and an open heart! Don’t let your fears control your goals, and strive to push yourself to get involved in different orgs so that you can learn and grow! However, don’t stretch yourself out too thin and don’t be too hard on yourself. Practice self love and know that you only have one body – so take care of it!! There are many years ahead, and you’ll need the energy to continue to push through. “Trust the process” and remember that you can do it. 

 

eisha rao || Events co-coordinator

EishaPublic Health Major and Health Communication Minor, Pre-Med

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I really like relaxing and spending time doing something chill with my friends, like watching a movie or going to a concert.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Don Japanese Kitchen!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  I like studying in the Life Sciences Library because it's so pretty in there and there's not too many people around so it's usually quiet. I also love the Welch courtyard when the weather's nice.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? My favorite way to de-stress is to play music and do something artistic, from sketching to embroidery. 

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Make the most out of your first year at UT! Studies are important, but try to find time to do other things that you enjoy.

 

pooja kumar || EVENTS co-coordinator 

PoojaBiochemistry, BSA

Hometown: Plano, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Trying new types of food because Austin has a huge variety! 

 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The chicken over rice at Halal Bros and the Mexican Vanilla ice cream from Amy's are two very different, but equally amazing foods.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? On campus it's NHB or the Union, off campus it's the Austin Public Library on Cesar Chavez St. When the weather is nice I also like to study outside near the SAC.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? When I'm stressed I like to listen to music and watch TV or Youtube videos!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there by introducing yourself to new people or by joining new orgs, you won't regret it! Also keep a regular-ish schedule by eating and sleeping enough.

 

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? Pizza from Via 313 on Guad is probably the best pizza I’ve had in my entire life.

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? I like to destress by going to the movies with my friends. We usually check out the free movies that are shown at the Union almost every week.

 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.

 

Varsha Mullangi || Social Media and networking coordinator

VarshaPublic Health, Pre-Med

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Camping at Pace Bend Park with friends and enjoying the live music downtown! 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Home Slice has some of the best pizza I've ever had!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? Anywhere in the Union really. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Dancing for sure! I am part of a Bollywood dance team on campus so I love relaxing with friends at practice after a long day of class. It's a great way for me to get exercise in too!

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