Who We Are
Natural Sciences Council was founded in 1972 to serve as the official liaison between the students and the faculty in the College of Natural Sciences. We connect students to resources such as students of similar interests, faculty members, and organizations around UT, empowering students to succeed here and beyond. We currently have eight committees focusing on different sectors of student engagement. We organize service events, promote science education in the Austin community, and host professional development events for CNS students to advocating for inclusivity in the college. All of our committees work together to plan our large annual events, and meet weekly to discuss council plans and legislation from the Senate of College Councils.
What We’re Fundraising For
Our council spearheads and promotes many initiatives focusing on amplifying the voices of underrepresented and underserved communities within CNS.
Diversity in STEM Panel: Each year, we co-host this panel to allow for candid conversations between students and CNS alumni about what it means to come from an underrepresented background in STEM.
Scholarships & Grants: We annually award a scholarship to a CNS student who has demonstrated exceptional service to their community, and we are developing a grant for organizations on campus to host events that celebrate and encourage conversations on diversity.
Advocacy: Recent projects have included advocating for a new student library and art piece in the RLM (PMA) building and creating a set of core values for the College of Natural Sciences.
Service - We promote STEM education within the community through our Young Scientists and Kids Who Code programs, which give students the opportunity to teach engaging science lessons to young students.
The programs and initiatives we are raising money for benefit students at the University and within the greater Austin community. Donations will go directly towards service, advocacy projects, and events that promote values of diversity and inclusion both on and off campus. By expanding events such as Diversity in STEM Panel and The Curie Diaries, our annual event celebrating distinguished female faculty, we will be able to reach more students, strengthen mentorship opportunities, and amplify voices in STEM fields. Donations will also allow Natural Sciences Council to turn our advocacy efforts into a reality, including efforts such as an art installation within the Physics, Math, and Astronomy (PMA) building and a developing a grant for student organizations that are promoting diversity and inclusion on campus. Finally, these funds will allow us to buy supplies to expand our Young Scientists and Kids Who Code volunteer programs. In previous years, donations have allowed us to teach more hands-on, engaging science lessons to students in local East Austin schools and children at a transitional shelter. By having the material to plan more robust lessons, we are able to show younger students first-hand how rewarding experimentation is in the sciences and continue fostering meaningful relationships within the community. We hope that, with donations to Natural Sciences Council, we will ultimately be able to continue advocating for inclusive practices at the University so that all students in the College of Natural Sciences have their voices heard.