Student Orgs

Every fall, orgs across UT and the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) fill up a mall to show prospective members what they're all about. It takes a lot to launch yourself into this fray (as seen above) much less to visit enough tables so that your interests are satisfied. Very often, people wear out and miss out on an organization they could have been meant for. We hope to avoid that. So, we asked members and leaders of these orgs important questions for you to get a taste of what the org is all about and categorized them as you see below. We hope this helps!

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Texas Pre-Dental Society
Women in Medicine
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
oSTEM
Texas Public Health
Natural Sciences Council
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Women in Natural Sciences
Texas Lassos
Health Careers Mentorship Program
Healthyhorns

Texas Pre-Dental Society

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
The purpose of TPS is to serve as a resource for pre-dental students to prepare for dental school. The organization provides shadowing opportunities, community service opportunities, opportunities to network with dentists and dental schools, scholarships, and the chance to build relationships with other pre-dental students.

How often does your organization meet?
Roughly every other week (6 general meetings per semester).

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
There are different levels of membership determined by the level of activity in the organization. The main requirement to be a member is to pay dues and attend the general meetings.

 

Women in Medicine

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?Women in Medicine supports the professional interests of female UT students pursuing careers in health-related fields. Socials, volunteering, trips to medical schools, charity events, and opportunities to converse with health professionals are just a few of WIM's many activities.

How often does your organization meet?
Meetings are every other week (Several makeup meeting opportunities)

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?New Member Requirements: Dues, 4 meetings, 8hrs volunteering, 3 socials, 2 charity credits, and attending our charity event for the semester
Active Member: Dues, 4 meetings, 4hrs volunteering, 2 socials, 1 charity credit, and attending our charity event for the semester

 

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
ASBMB works to promote biochemistry and molecular biology undergraduate research, as well as provide a community for students interested in pursuing these majors. The club also participates in community outreach in order to spread understanding and interest in the sciences. ASBMB often collaborates with Molecular Biosciences Club (MBS) on events.

How often does your organization meet?
ASBMB meets every other Wednesday in BUR 116.

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
New. The points system for the UT chapter of ASBMB is outlined on the club facebook page. Time commitments, compared to other organizations, are relatively light.

 

oSTEM

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?                                                       Our organization provides a safe place on campus for LGBTQ students in STEM fields to connect with one another, develop professional skills, and serve their community. These skills include networking, communication, and self-representation as an LGBTQ student in the job market. Industry partners include BP, Chevron, and Microsoft.

How often does your organization meet?
About every other week

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
No point system, students are free to attend whatever events they find interesting, though we encourage attending all on campus events when possible.

 

Texas Public Health

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?                                                    Texas Public Health is THE student organization representing students interested in health education, disease prevention, and the development of a strong public health initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. Our organization combines a variety of disciplines, such as Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, Medicine and Health Policy to foster greater awareness and knowledge among all members. Our goal is to be an asset to our members within public health, offering speakers, resources, and activities that are relevant to our members. Additionally, our goal is to improve the health of UT Austin's student community.

How often does your organization meet?
Every other week, so we hold 6 meetings with 1-2 information sessions too.

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
We ask that members attend 75% of general meetings, 3 social events, perform 15 hours of volunteering within the community, and raise about $50 for the organization.

 

Natural Sciences Council

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
Natural Sciences Council serves as the official liaison between the students in the College of Natural Sciences and the administration in the college. We focus on serving our students in the College of Natural Sciences, improving the college, and representing your voice. We have eight committees, which all work on fostering a different part of the College of Natural Sciences. The eight committees in Natural Sciences Council are: Academic Affairs, Catalyst, Community Involvement, Internal Relations, Legislative, Professional Development, Public Relations, and Student/Faculty.

How often does your organization meet?
Once a week

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
It depends every week but generally its a 4-5 hour commitment per week. There are certain points for every points period that you can get from attending events and socials. We usually have to attend about 10 events of so per month.

 

Alpha Epsilon Delta

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
AED is designed to foster an accepting environment for pre-health students from various backgrounds. It offers an accepting social atmosphere and strives to deliver resources to its members to ensure their successes in pursuing health professions.There are plenty of volunteering opportunities, as well as efforts to get more involved within the health community. Members can apply to be part of a committees to become more of a leader within the organization. One of the biggest events held by AED each year is “Pie a President”, a school-wide fundraiser benefitting Dell’s Medical Surgical Global Outreach.

How often does your organization meet?
Biweekly

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
Members are required to complete a certain number of points each semester. The points requirements are the highest in the pledge semester and are significantly reduced in following semesters as an active member.

 

Women in Natural Sciences

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) is a departmental program through CNS founded to inspire, guide, and build female leaders within the college and the scientific arena. As part of its first-year program, WINS students have the opportunity to meet with students, mentors, and professors through FIG seminars. Additionally, WINS first-year students can choose to live in a residential community at the Kinsolving Residence Hall, helping foster close-knit relations among other peers. Following the first year, WINS members can choose to continue playing an active role in the program, attending different workshops, volunteering events, and professional and social outings pertaining to the sciences.

How often does your organization meet?
WINS meets about once a week and often includes various events and outings throughout the year.

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
In order to be part of WINS, apply for admission at UT and complete the online WINS application- eligible majors are astronomy, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, marine science, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and public health. Applications will be reviewed by a committee with decisions released during April. Requirements for WINS include occasional assignments and lectures every week along with active participation in WINS events.

 

Texas Lassos

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
Texas Lassos is a female spirit organization that focuses on community service, social, and spirit activities. It was founded in 1998. They are the only registered spirit organization under community service. The mission of Lassos is to create a space that fosters sisterhood while focusing on the betterment of individuals and their community. Since 1998, Texas Lassos has grown to have close to 150 active members per semester, and over 500 alumni. Lassos is known widely for encouraging diversity in all aspects of Lass Class Recruitment, ranging from major studies to background and ethnicity. Placing emphasis on what makes us unique enhances the richness and depth of each class. They are not the oldest, not the biggest, but ‘simply the best’.

How often does your organization meet?
Texas Lassos meets once a week on Wednesday nights. Lasses (Lassos new members) have an extra mandatory meeting per week in addition to general meeting.

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
New recruits for Texas Lassos are required to attend one extra meeting weekly for one hour in addition to one hour general meetings. Per active semester, there are service, social, spirit, and philanthropic credits that must be fulfilled, with amounts dependent on standing (Lass, Lasso, Senior). Lass semesters are the busiest, with the most requirements.

 

Health Careers Mentorship Program

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
The purpose of the Health Careers Mentorship Program is to provide a unique shadowing experience to students looking to apply to health profession schools in the future. The organization offers clinical rotations at hospitals and private practices and non-clinical rotations at the Texas Department of State Health Services, as well as the opportunity to work under the mentorship of a number of doctors in specific disciplines and assume leadership roles in coordination/supervision during successive semesters. HCMP partners with over 40 different hospitals and private practices, with some partnerships being unique to the program and no one else, making it a prime shadowing experience for pre-med students looking to beef up their resume and gain valuable experience in the field.

How often does your organization meet?
Interns are expected to meet weekly with coordinators and supervisors as well as shadow for eight hours each week, usually split between two mornings.

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?
1st semester: 8 hrs of shadowing a week + socials + interviewing + applicant selection
2nd: semester: coordination of some aspect of org + socials + interviewing + applicant selection
3rd+ semester: directing of some aspect of org + socials + interviewing + applicant selection

As stated previously, interns are required to intern for at least eight hours each week and then report their shadowing experience to coordinators/supervisors in a weekly meeting. In successive semesters, members can take on the position of a coordinator and then supervisor, where they are involved in organizing the shadowing schedules for new interns and interacting more closely with officials at the involved hospitals, private practices, and DSHS.

 

Healthyhorns

What is the purpose of your organization and what do you do?
HealthyHorns is a peer educator program designed to educate and empower the next generation of health advocates. Through an agenda that works to inform UT students about positive health and wellbeing, community outreach, and engaged involvement with the UT Wellness Network, HealthyHorns Peer Educators have the opportunity to play an active role in shaping on-campus student health resources in partnership with the University Health Services.

How often does your organization meet?
This program involves 3 semesters. During the 1st semester, there is a 3 hour health educator class, and then in the 2nd and 3rd semesters there are 30 hours of volunteering required each semester

Interns are expected to attend a weekly class, meet outside of class as part of the Wellness Network and complete a given number of volunteer hours each semester.

What are the requirements and time commitments for your members?                                              As stated above, HealthyHorns entails a three semester requirement. During the first semester, interns take a three hour course and complete 10 hours of volunteering by shadowing veteran peer educators. During the second and third semesters, interns take a one hour course and complete 30 hours of volunteering as peer educators.