UT Leads the Fight Against COVID-19
With the spread of COVID-19, the research in the College of Natural Sciences has never been more critical to the health of Texas, our nation and humanity. From modeling the spread of the virus to taking the first steps to develop a vaccine, our college is playing a leading role in fighting this pandemic.
Dr. Lauren Ancel Meyers and her team develop predictive models that help the CDC and the City of Austin make policy decisions.
Dr. Jason McLellan’s team created the first 3D atomic map of the part of the virus that infects human cells, which was used to create a vaccine now in a Phase III clinical trial.
Your support is critical to helping us understand this virus and bringing us closer to vaccines and treatments.
Support Student Excellence: The David Laude Scholarship
During his time at UT, beloved Chemistry Professor David Laude has created the Freshman Research Initiative, the Biology Scholars Program, the University Leadership Network and the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP), which have supported thousands of students. This nationally-recognized champion for undergraduates has been instrumental in raising the overall four-year graduation rate in CNS by 18% in six years, and we want to honor his enduring commitment to our students with this named scholarship.
The students who receive the David Laude Scholarship will be recruited to TIP, an academic learning community that promotes academic excellence in CNS. TIP provides small class sizes in entry-level science courses, excellent instructors, enriched curriculum, extra discussion sections and peer mentors to augment instruction and help students acclimate to the rigors of university life. Since it began in 1999, this program has successfully supported more than 5,800 students, many of which are from underrepresented communities.
Stoney and Staci Barton have generously pledged to match any gifts made to the Laude Scholarship up to $100,000, meaning your gift will now go twice as far!