The Women in Natural Sciences program is a small 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.
*Data compiled by College of Natural Sciences Statistician
WINS also emphasizes community building at the University and beyond by creating opportunities for students to engage in meaningful volunteer and mentorship experiences in Austin and abroad. These activities range from engaging girls in science through programs such as GirlStart and Girl Scouts in STEM to building relationships and volunteering with community schools in Argentina and Peru.
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 (259 students) and is relying on donations in order to continue through this fiscal year.
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,
The WINS program and its students are grateful for your support. Gifts of any size will help offset costs and elevate the program. By making your gift today, you will be supporting women in STEM and advancing future female scientists!
For more information on WINS, please visit the WINS website or contact Elizabeth Morgan, the WINS Program Coordinator. Follow WINS on Instagram at @utwinsprogram.
For additional funding opportunities, please contact Marsha Reardon at the College of Natural Sciences External Relations Office.
Our sincerest thank you for your support of the WINS program! Fun Fact: Dr. Rudin received her bachelor's degree and Ph.D in mathematics from UT Austin in 1944 and 1949 respectively. She became one of the world's leading set-theoretic topologists, and she was the first person awarded the Grace Chisholm Young Professorship in 1981!
For your generosity, you will you will receive a handwritten thank you note from a WINS student. Fun Fact: Dr. Herzenberg is a physicist who investigated "moon materials," and she has authored two books about the history of women in science. Her first book, "Women Scientists from Antiquity to the Present" features over 2500 women in science from the past 6,000 years, and it has greatly contributed to more research about the history of women in science!
For a gift of $100 or more, you will receive the previously mentioned perk and a thank you video from our WINS students. Fun Fact: Dr. Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist who pioneered recombinant DNA techniques in the 1970's. Her research produced insulin from bacteria, helping the treatment of diabetes!
For a gift of $250 or more, you will receive the previously mentioned perks plus a thank you call from a WINS student. Fun Fact: Dr. Hurd is a neuroscientist researching the effects of drugs on brain development. Her research was featured on the cover of Time Magazine in May 25, 2015!
For your generosity, you will receive the previously mentioned perks and recognition on the WINS website. Fun Fact: Dr. Wong-Staal is a molecular biologist and virologist, and in 1985 she became the first researcher to clone HIV. Her work has led to HIV blood tests and genetic mapping of the virus. She was also named the Institute for Scientific Information's top woman scientist of the 1980s!
For a gift of $1,000 or more, you will receive all previously mentioned perks plus an invitation to a fall WINS Welcome Event. Fun Fact: Dr. Ochoa is a physicist and engineer, and she has flown to space four separate times. She is the current director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, and it was announced earlier this year that Dr. Ochoa will be inducted into the US Astronaut Hall of Fame!
For a gift of $2,000 or more, you will receive all previously mentioned perks plus an exclusive meet and greet with WINS staff and a small group of WINS students. Fun Fact: Dr. Johnson is a mathematician and physicist who started her work at NASA as a "computer" by making and reviewing calculations. She went on to work with the Space Task Group, calculating orbital flight paths, trajectory analysis, and other research. Her work with NASA helped send John Glenn and other astronauts into space. Katherine Johnson's (as well as Mary Jackson's and Dorothy Vaughn's) work with NASA is depicted in the book and film Hidden Figures!
For a gift of $12,000 or more, you will receive the previously mentioned perks plus a WINS student scholarship named in your honor. Fun Fact: Marie Curie was a chemist and physicist, and she is known for her extensive work with radioactive materials. In fact, Marie Curie's notebooks will remain radioactive for another 1500 years! In 1903, Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and she was awarded a second Nobel Prize in 1911. She is currently the only woman to win two Nobel Prizes.