NS Week Highlights
Pictured: Pearl Xin and Jacob Anderson, President and Vice President of Natural Sciences Council
The Sum of Our Parts
Aristotle famously said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” and admittedly, that is sometimes true. But when it comes to UT Austin’s CNS, the case is anything but. The members of our college have a wide variety of character and talent to showcase, and there isn’t a better spotlight for it than the yearly event we love to call Natural Sciences Week. From Big Bang to Explore UT, this week is packed with events that showcase the diverse and inventive students of our college and provides them with a number of opportunities to connect with students and professors alike.
The Major Takeaways
Monday began with a “Big Bang” at the Turtle Pond, where NSC teamed up with multiple organizations within the college to bring in a big crowd for the start of the week. The Physics Circus entertained students with a number of inventive demonstrations, and the American Chemical Society churned out ice cream for passersby and attendees. Popular, green t-shirts designed by the NS Council were also distributed, and the evening marked a great start to what would be a continuous string of packed events.
CNS Connections is an event hosted by NSC’s Professional Development Committee once a semester. The event seeks to connect students with potential employers and encourage early networking opportunities for students who are unsure as to what they would like to do once they have their undergraduate degree. The Tuesday’s showcase of the event saw eighteen companies and almost a hundred students.
On Wednesday night, students from the college gathered atop the roof of Moore Hall to gaze at the stars and appreciate the breathtaking view of the UT Tower at Star Party. There was candy, company, and a twinkling blanket of stars: all the perfect ingredients for a night of antics and appreciation in the middle of a stressful semester.
If you passed through Welch Hall sometime in the afternoon on Thursday, you may have seen a number of posters and presenters branched off of the main hallway. At Art & Science, students and professors brought to light the interesting duality of science. In the eyes of these scientists, art and ingenuity are a powerful presence within the scientific community, numbers, theories, and lab procedures aside.
Friday’s Research Symposium brought attention to the work of multiple hardworking students in the college, as well as spun the light on one of the greatest things UT provides for its students: research opportunities. A number of students at UT find their start in research through the Freshman Research Initiative, then go on to apply to fellowships and display their works at events like the symposium.
Natural Sciences Week came to a close, albeit an immensely successful one, on Saturday with Explore UT. The yearly event acts as a spotlight for the entire university, but NSC sought to bring attention to CNS and the importance of interest in science in particular. Students from middle and high schools in the surrounding areas got to make silly putty with members of NSC on the veranda of Welch Hall. The “silly substance” is an easy fix - all it takes to make is some Elmer’s glue, borax solution, and, of course, food coloring. Needless to say, hundreds of kids left our tables that day interested and intrigued by the wonders of science.
Although there are a number of things that went wonderfully with this year’s Natural Sciences Week, we are always looking for feedback. Feel free to give your thoughts about improvements to the current events or ideas for events we could put on in the future. Any criticisms you provide us with are welcome and help to bring about an even better NSW next year!