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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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First-Year WINS Application deadline: 

April 17

 


 

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.

 

 

 


STUDENT ASSISTANTS

 Rachel obimah || WINS & Student life student assistant

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Biochemistry, BSA Pre-Med

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Austin is a great place for film, so I love watching movies with other enthusiasts at the Alamo Drafthouses or the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre right next to campus!

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 willing to experiment!

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.

 

Desiree parker || WINS & Student life student assistant

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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. And Google first, then ask questions!

 

Briana Ortiz || WINS & Student Life Student Assistant

Briana OrtizBiology

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!

  


PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

Adiba oiyshi || Outreach Coordinator

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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.

 

HANNAH ZAWATSKI || OUTREACH COORDINATOR & GIRLSTART LIAiSON

Hannah ZawatskiPublic Health with Art History Minor

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite thing to do in Austin is thrift shopping. There are so many hole in the wall shops around Austin- not just the Buffalo Exchange by campus!- that have such a versatile selection for both clothing and vinyl records. My goal is to get through the Austin Vintage Around Town Guide before I graduate.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Thai How Are You? is more than just a place to take a cute graffiti picture! I think their entire menu is really fresh, but I usually stick with the Pad Thai or a Crunchy Dave roll. These dishes will change your life. 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The most underrated floor of the PCL is the 2nd floor. There are huge white boards that are really useful during group study sessions, and the foot traffic isn’t too heavy. Also, not having to try and find space for your group on the 5th floor is also a huge plus.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress?  Yoga or working out at the Rec works best for me. When I get overwhelmed, I try to give my brain a break by doing something physical. It usually helps my concentration when I get back to studying. 

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: I think a huge life lesson I learned my first year was that it is ok to ask for help. As soon as you realize you’re struggling with something, whether it be academically, mentally, or even spiritually, find resources that are available to you and use them. That way you can take care of the problem and move on. Use your experiences to grow through what you go through. 

 

Kayla Eboreime || OUTREACH COORDINATOR

 

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. 

 

Debleena Das || Fundraising COORDINATOR

Debleena DasPublic Health

Hometown: Pflugerville,TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? One of my favorite things to do is simply walking downtown, enjoying all of the live music and having spontaneous photo shoots with the murals.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Any taco from Torchy’s Tacos is a must try, especially since it’s so close to campus!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? love the brown couches with in-built outlets on the 2nd floor of the SAC. Cafe Medici is also my go to place to get serious work done and drink amazing coffee!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Blasting my music and running on the treadmill

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen? Make school your priority but fill your free time with experiences because you will only be a freshman once!

 

Nikita Ghosh || Social COORDINATOR 

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 :) 

 

Alexis vu || Mentor Coordinator

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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! 

 

Obie Okafor || mentor Coordinator

Obie OkaforBiology 

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite activity is going to concerts/shows, especially in more intimate venues with smaller bands.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The combo over rice at Halal Bros

 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The African American Culture Room in the Texas Union

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Watching Netflix or playing with dogs 

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Remember it's okay to not know what you're doing or what path you want to follow; be open and willing to try new things!

 

Megan Chan || MENTOR COORDINATOR

MeganChanBiochemistry

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love to hike and swim at the Greenbelt. It's beautiful and there's Campbell's hole, the flats, and some climbing walls that are all really fun if you're outdoorsy.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Austin is such a great place for food, but I especially love a Pluckers wing basket and lemonade on trivia nights. 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study is either at the kitchen table in my apartment, the turtle pond, or the courtyard in the Architecture building.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I like to take long walks around campus/west campus while listening to music to de-stress. A surprising number of buildings are open late, and it's nice to just explore and find cool new places.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Talk to everyone you meet (professors, other students, TA's, everyone) and take all the opportunities that are given to you. Knowing your neighbors is also super helpful. You never know what doors will open when you make new friends.