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Student Newsletter

April 19th, 2015
The College of Natural Sciences Student Newsletter is designed to serve CNS students. It is delivered online every Sunday through Dean Vanden Bout's weekly email.

Big Events You Can't Miss

Research Week | April 20-24
Join in on the 8th annual campus wide celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity at UT Austin. Check out some major events below, click here for a complete listing of events.

Organized by the School of Human Ecology featuring 24 apparel design students and over 120 of their innovative designs. Tickets are free and available to the public at the box office starting Monday, March 23.
Thursday, April 23
Frank Erwin Center at 7:15pm
Congratulations to the below CNS Faculty and Staff!
The faculty and staff below will be recognized at next week's Faculty and Staff Appreciation Banquet. If you see or work with any of them, please be sure to give your congratulations.
  • NSF Professor Award - Dr. Katherine Biberdorf, Chemistry
  • NSF Advisor Award - Jennifer Le, School of Human Ecology
  • Faculty Service Award
    • Gustavo Cepparo (Mathematics)
    • Dr. Marie-Amelie Lawn (Physics)
    • Mike Scott (Computer Science)
    • Dr. Uri Treisman (Mathematics)
    • Sally Amen (Statistics & Data Science)
  • TA/AI Excellence Awards
    • Jia Chen (Computer Science)
    • Ki-Young Yoon (Chemistry)
    • Patrick Tennant (Human Development and Family Science)
    • Keenan Breik (Computer Science)
    • Megan Davis (Biology)
CNS Summer Scholarship 2015
The College of Natural Science will be offering a limited number of scholarships for the upcoming summer. CNS students who will be pursuing summer coursework, study abroad, research, internship, conferences, or participating in another type of summer program or experience that directly relates to their CNS degree plan are invited to apply. Program, experiences, or coursework should be completed between May 2015 and August 2015.
Students must be currently fully enrolled and pursuing a major within CNS, with plans to be fully enrolled CNS students in Fall 2015 to be eligible to apply.

Click here to access the online application. Deadline to submit an application is Friday, May 1, 2015. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.
Got questions? Contact Adrianne Chacon-Posey, CNS Scholarship Coordinator.
Visualizing Science Contest

2014 Winner by Brad J. Gemmell
The College of Natural Sciences is looking for images that celebrate the extraordinary beauty of science and the scientific process. In essence, we want images that capture the moment where science and art collide.
The Top 6 images will receive prizes, and the top prize is $1000. All winning images are prominently displayed on campus and shared at a special CNS reception and on the college website. You can see example images from the 2013 and 2014 winners. Your images will help us tell stories about the great scientific work that is happening in CNS.
Click here for submission guidelines. Deadline to submit is Friday, May 22, 2015. Got questions? Contact Steve Franklin.
Please click here for a monthly listing of college events.

Upcoming Opportunities

Intellectual Entrepreneurship Pre-Graduate School Internship

Thinking about attending graduate school in the future? Apply for the IE Pre-Graduate School Internship - an opportunity for UT students of all backgrounds to work closely with a graduate student mentor. Accepted students will attend monthly workshops and meetings with other interns, interact with faculty and graduate student panels, and plan projects and assignments for the semester collaboratively with graduate mentors.
Click here for more information on how to enroll. Contact Professor Cherwitz with any questions.
Health Informatics and Health IT Certificate Program

Apply for an intensive 9-week training program in health information technology for graduates to prepare you for a career in Health IT. The program has a 96% placement rate and average salaries starting at $52,605. Applications for the June 1st program are reviewed on a rolling basis - application closes when program is full. To learn more, attend the information session below.
  • Monday, April 20
    NHB 1.304 from 4:30-5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 23
    NHB 1.304 from 12-1pm
Apply for Public Health
Are you looking for a dynamic interdisciplinary major that is designed to make a difference in the health of populations? If so, apply today for the public health major, a broad field that encompasses everything from infectious diseases to health policy.
You must complete all five prerequisites with a grade of C- or better by the end of Spring 2015 and have a GPA of 2.75  to apply. Courses include BIO311C, BIO311D, CH301, CH302, M408C,N,K, or R. AP and transfer credits will be evaluated to confirm eligibility.
Click here for more information. Application closes May 8, 2015. Contact Marjorie Hartwell with any questions. 


Study Smarter, Not Harder
Learn how to engage in meaningful, active learning to achieve the results you want in class.
  • Monday, April 20
    JESA309 from 5-6pm
Time and Procrastination
Learn how to make the most of your time and find a balance between work and play.
  • Monday, April 20
    JES 201 from 5-6pm
Study Abroad General Information Session
Want to study abroad but don't know where to start? Come learn the basics of studying abroad.
  • Wednesday, April 22
    JES A370A from 4-5pm
History and Philosophy of Science Colloquium
Interested in fusing science with other fields? Attend this weekly speaker series discussing topics of history, philosophy, and its integration into science.
  • Every Friday
    WAG 316 from 12-1:30pm



Check out events during Research Week, more information under "Big Events You Can't Miss".

Discover Undergraduate Research at UT: How to Get Involved

January 20 - May 8
  • Every Tuesday
    FAC 330 from 12:30-1:30pm
    Click here to sign-up.
  • Every Thursday
    FAC 4 from 3:30-4:30pm
    Click here to sign-up.
  • Every Friday
    FAC 330 from 1-2pm
    Click here to sign-up.
Health Professions

Med/Dent Accepted Student Panel - Interview Strategies

Explore different paths to becoming a licensed mental health professional and how to find graduate programs. Click here to RSVP.
  • Monday, April 13
    JES A115 from 5:30-6:30pm
Health Lecture Series
Brought to you by Dr. Baptiste; health professionals come to campus to discuss their careers, answer questions, and give advice.
  • Every Friday
    WEL 2.246 from 2-2:50pm
Check out the HPO Website and and join the HPOinfo ListServ for more information.
Career Services

Career Design Center
Walk-In Appointments
Get 15-minute coaching sessions - first-come, first-served basis.
  • Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
    PAI 5.03 from 3-4:30pm
For Peer Mentors -
  • Every Monday from 10am-4pm
    Every Wednesday and Friday from 1-3pm 

Student Organizations

Events and Announcements
BHPO Health Symposium - April 25 in Welch Main Hall from 10am-4pm
Come network with pre-health professional schools and students, participate in mock interviews, and get advice from student and professional panels. Admission is free, breakfast and lunch will be served! Click here to RSVP.
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