Who We Are
The Women in Natural Sciences Residential program is a small living-learning community designed to cultivate, recruit, and retain high-achieving women in the College of Natural Sciences. By supporting women, specifically during their first year, WINS creates a community of scholars focused on scientific achievement at the university and beyond.
Students in WINS:
- Gain automatic acceptance into the Freshman Research Initiative
- Receive guaranteed seats in first-year science courses
- Have access to a dedicated academic advisor
- Have the opportunity to reside with their peers in a living-learning community
- Enroll in a seminar exclusively tailored to their academic and career interests.
WINS students volunteering at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.
Why WINS Needs Your Support
The College of Natural Sciences acknowledges a need for a program such as WINS to recognize its historically underserved female student population, and without philanthropic support this program will not be able to thrive. As enrollment of female students rises, there is a growing need for an expansion of WINS to accommodate extra students and to offer additional programming. However, WINS is currently operating at capacity and is relying on donations in order to build the program and create more scholarship opportunities.
WINS Students attend the Atlantis Surgical Shadowing Program in Portugal.
“The Atlantis program allowed me to experience medicine and international healthcare in a way I would have never been able to here in the U.S. The Atlantis program also allowed me to form deeper connections with other students within WINS. I could not have attended this program without the scholarship from WINS and am incredibly grateful for the opportunities that this program has provided me.” -Varsha Mullangi, Class of 2021
How Your Gift Will Help
In order to build a lasting legacy for this program, WINS is seeking donations via this spring fundraiser. Gifts given to WINS will offset operational costs and allow the WINS program to expand its services to additional students, offer them new opportunities, and help better prepare these women for entering a male-dominated workforce. Specifically,
- Transportation and supplies for WINS students to perform community service and outreach events, which are typically targeted towards promoting science education among young children in Austin, specifically young girls
- Registration to send WINS students to leadership conferences and seminars
- Grow scholarship funds for students pursuing experiential learning opportunities
- Enable funding for large-scale events to support women across the college
New WINS cohorts get to know each other at social and outreach events such as hiking at McKinney Falls State Park and volunteering together in Austin and surrounding communities.
WINS students attending the American Association of University Women
(AAUW) conference at the University of Maryland.
“The AAUW conference opened my eyes to what it means to be a successful woman. I learned skills that would allow me to progress in whatever future career I may choose such as salary negotiation, empowerment of other women, and healthcare policy. The WINS program scholarship allowed me to experience a conference that promoted inspiration for me to create a change in the world.” -Briana Ortiz, Class of 2020