Natural Sciences Week: Five events to celebrate science scholarship

Sabrina Tran

Next week, the Natural Sciences Council, NSC, is presenting its annual Natural Sciences Week to recognize students, organizations and initiatives within the College of Natural Sciences. Check out these events happening next week and open to students of all majors:

  • Gone to Natural Sciences
  • Oct. 16
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Main Mall

Gone to Natural Sciences, which is traditionally hosted by CNS, was canceled at the start of the semester due to Hurricane Harvey. It is now going to be hosted by NSC along with CNS and will begin Natural Sciences Week. Different organizations within CNS will showcase exhibits to display their unique talents. The class of 2021 will be welcomed with food, games, prizes, music and a petting zoo provided by Tiny Tails to You! Austin’s Traveling Petting Zoo.

  • CNS Connections
  • Oct. 17
  • 6–8 p.m.
  • Union Santa Rita Suite

This event is the largest networking event for CNS and is a place for students to discover career paths in fields such as biotechnology, textiles and apparel, bioinformatics and public health. Students can speak with a diverse lineup of Austin companies. Dress is business casual, free food is available and resumes are not required.

  • Star Party
  • Oct. 18
  • 8–10 p.m.
  • RLM Auditorium and Rooftop

Attendees are welcome to peer through the RLM telescope, stargaze, view a sci-fi movie in the auditorium and eat space-themed treats provided by the Texas Society of Physics Students. The night will feature glow sticks, giveaways and demos presented by various organizations such as Astronomy Students Association, Undergraduate Women in Physics and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space.

  • Art in Science
  • Oct. 19
  • 3–5 p.m.
  • NHB 1.720

This event will celebrate the progress made by UT research and the beauty of science by exploring visuals in science and nature. Faculty, staff and students will be able to witness the creativity of fusing art and science, win door prizes and participate in activities. The unveiling of the 2017 CNS Outreach Award and 2017 Visualizing Science award recipients will also be announced.

  • Science in Plain English
  • Oct. 19
  • 5–6:30 p.m.
  • PCL Learning Lab 1

This event is for current students to present their research to a panel of judges. The goal is to explain their research in an engaging way that is understandable to a large audience that may not have knowledge about the research topic. Nothing is required to participate but a three-minute presentation. Contestants will battle it out to win paid registration to the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science and prize money.