Interested in joining Natural Sciences Council? Natural Sciences Council opens new member applications at the beginning of each semester. In addition to fulfilling monthly requirements to retain membership, new members must complete a new member project in their first semester. Read more about what our Fall 2016 new members are up to below!

Please feel free to attend our open general meeting and/or an information session offered at the beginning of each semester. Like us on Facebook to get updates on our application cycles and latest events.


The application for the Spring 2017 class is now closed. Please check back with us in August!

Fall 2016 New Members

Fall 2016 New Members

Fall 2016 New Member Projects

New member projects are a great way for the entering NSC class to start making a difference and learning the ways council works alongside students, administration, and other organizations. Past new member projects include the precursors to CNS Connections, Major Night, and Transfer Student Mentor Program (TSMP), and many other programs that are now permanent parts of CNS.

NSc hosts a science fair

NSC's new member group is currently planning a science fair for local K-12 students to present and compete with their science projects. By connecting the Austin community with students on the UT campus, this project hopes to encourage students to pursue interests in STEM and higher education.

CNS Student ORGANIZATION website

Like NSC's Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) project, this project hopes to create a platform for student-to-student feedback about organizations around the colleges. Org spotlights in addition to updated information can help students find the organization best fitted to their interests.

fireside chats with professors and professionals

To expand the opportunities for students interaction with faculty outside of the classroom, this new member group is setting up smaller, more frequent events similar to our Student/Faculty Luncheons. Students will be able to meet with faculty from departments across CNS while enjoying snacks and drinks on NSC. 

professional development curriculum

As an organization, NSC believes that early professional development training in CNS can greatly benefit students regardless of their future career paths. This new member project hopes to integrate standardized curriculum into current FIGs to help students jump-start their professional exploration. (In collaboration with CNS Career Services and Advising & First Year Initiatives Office)