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*The WINS Office is currently remote. Please contact by emailing:
utwinsprogram@utexas.edu

WINS Program Coordinator:
Elizabeth Morgan

Apply to WINS

FRI/WINS Application - all eligible majors will be able to apply for WINS through the FRI application. Read the WINS FAQ to determine if you will be eligible to apply.

First-Year WINS Application deadline: 

The WINS application deadline is Thurday, March 25, 2021. Please note this is before the FRI deadline. 

Any WINS applications received after the March 25th deadline will be marked for our program waitlist.

Final deadline: April 2


 

Elizabeth Morgan || WINS Program director

ElizabethatPiccu_1.jpgElizabeth has worked professionally with student success initiatives and mentoring programs at the University of Texas at Austin for over fourteen years. She currently serves as the Student Life Coordinator for the College of Natural Sciences. In this role, she oversees leadership development initiatives, diversity engagement, event funding, and connecting students across the college with each other and the administration. Elizabeth also directs the Women in Natural Sciences Program. Through this role, she has seen the program grow from supporting 23 first-semester students to a four-year program with over 250 total students. Watching her students succeed in the sciences and develop friendships and connections that will last well after their time at the university has been one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

 

Olivia Biehle || WINS PROGRAM Advisor

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Olivia Biehle is the Academic Advisor for WINS, and she is an alum of the program. Olivia joined WINS in Fall 2011 as a freshman math major, and she was a WINS mentor for the next two years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film, Olivia applied for and became the WINS Academic Advisor. Olivia advises each WINS student on their major, career, and life plans. She also works with Elizabeth to help plans events, trips, and seminars, and Olivia leads a weekly spotlight on Women in STEM in seminar, highlighting accomplishments made by women in science. Olivia loves being a part of WINS, first as a student, a mentor, and now as the Academic Advisor. WINS was an incredibly positive and inspiring part of her undergraduate career, and she is excited to continue working with the program.

 

 

 

Briana Denham || WINS PROGRAM ADVISOR

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Briana Denham is an Academic Advisor for CFYA and WINS. She graduated from UT in 2014 with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film. After her time at UT, she taught English in Spain for two years, where she worked with students from pre-school all the way to the university level. It was during her time abroad that she decided she wanted to continue to assist students and empower them to pursue their goals no matter what obstacles they may encounter. She is excited to join the WINS program and help students find success in the sciences during their time here at UT.

 

 

 


STUDENT ASSISTANTS

BRIANNA MIDDLETON || WINS & STUDENT LIFE STUDENT ASSISTANT

BriBiochemistry

Hometown: Fresno, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Walking or running near Lady Bird Lake.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Chicken and Waffles entree at Moonshine Grill.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The 24-hour quiet study lounge in the Jester West Residence Hall.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Listening to my favorite songs.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Everyone's path to success is different, so don't compare yourself to others. Always remember that you are an extraordinary individual that can accomplish anything you want in life. 

 

Sahithi Adduri || WINS & STUDENT LIFE STUDENT ASSISTANT

GabbieMathematics

Hometown: Columbus, OH

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Baking cupcakes and having family Disney marathons!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Taco Joint, they have amazing vegan/vegetarian tacos that are absolutely delicious!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? My favorite way to destress is to listen to podcasts, watch TV shows or call an old friend or family member!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Work hard but to also remember to have fun. Also, don't be afraid to ask for help whether it's from a friend or a counselor!

 

Sara Blanco || WINS & STUDENT LIFE STUDENT ASSISTANT

GabbieBiology

Hometown: El Paso, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Watching the sunset at Zilker Park with friends. 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? If you haven’t tried Kerby Lane’s Queso yet… go do it!!! I also recommend trying out a few of their fun pancake flavors!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  The EER has just the right amount of background noise while also being a super comfy place to get work done. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Setting aside time to just be by myself and do things that make me happy like listening to music, watching YouTube videos, or baking.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: No matter how difficult your journey at UT may seem, you are here for a reason and you will figure out how to navigate college. It’s easy to feel like you aren’t prepared enough or aren’t fitting in as easily as others, but in time, you’ll be able to look back and be proud of all of the progress you’ve made. Enjoy the learning experience and don’t stress too much about achieving perfect grades or meeting expectations. Use these years to discover more about yourself and all that you’re capable of!

 

Soomin Cho || WINS & STUDENT LIFE STUDENT ASSISTANT

GabbieMathematics

Hometown: Pflugerville, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Finding new places to eat! Austin has so many unique, diverse, fun restaurants that always serve great tasting food

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? This isn't really a meal (although you can have it as one due to its sheer size), but I am definitely a dessert/chocolate fan, so I'm going to say the Black Out donut from Groudough's :)

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  I've always been a desk-at-home person 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Netflix and playing mobile games

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't be afraid to start a conversation. The first step to making friends, networking with professors/faculty/alumni, or getting the help you need is by talking to other people. Stepping out of your comfort zone may feel scary and weird at first (hence its name), but the end result is worth it.

 

Haley Brown || WINS & STUDENT LIFE STUDENT ASSISTANT

GabbieBiology and Psychology

Hometown: Killeen, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love eating! I love to go out to the best Austin restaurants with some friends and have a great time.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille’s Famous Pork Chop

3. Where is your favorite place to study? PCL 4th Floor – I enjoy the distraction-free environment 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Watching a movie marathon or binging medical dramas

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Get out and make connections with others however you can! Join an organization or two that allows you to branch out into the UT community and create those relationships everyone needs to enjoy university.


PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

SUZANNE ZEID || OUTREACH CO-COORDINATOR

SuzanneBiochemistry

Hometown: Longview, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love going to B.D. Riley’s Irish Pub at Mueller to watch Liverpool F.C. play soccer matches. After watching the soccer match with several other Liverpool supporters, I walk across the street to the Farmer’s Market and enjoy a nice walk around the lake.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? If you live in Austin, it's an absolute must to eat at Halal Bros. My go-to meal is lamb shawarma over rice. The food is amazing at Halal Bros and there is always enough to save as an extra meal for later. 

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  My favorite place to study is the PCL because you can reserve a private study with TVs that support device pairing/mirroring.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Some of my favorite ways to de-stress include spending time with my friends, watching Netflix/Hulu, attending UT sports games, playing with my dogs, watching Premier League games, and walking around campus. 

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't get too caught up in schoolwork that you forget to explore the amazing city of Austin, Texas! 

 

PAYAL AMIN || Events PROGRAM aSSISTANT

PayalBiology and Health & Society

Hometown: Austin, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Watching the sunset at Mt. Bonnell

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? A falafel form Kebabalicious

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  Anywhere with a view of the city

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Watching the sunset while listening to my favorite music

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Take this time to discover who you are and what you're passionate about. Don't compare your journey to those around you and always remember to be kind to yourself!

 

Jane Akwitti || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbiePublic Health

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite quarantine activities are napping and having Netflix Parties or video chatting with friends over Zoom.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The fried pickles from Pluckers and the Don Fries from Don Japanese Kitchen.

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  If I'm in need of complete peace and quiet, the 4th floor of the PCL. If I want to study with "background noise", the staircase in the SAC. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Listening to music, exercising, watching YouTube videos, or scrolling through social media in bed.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't feel intimidated or discouraged by the achievements/successes of other people. Everyone's journey is different, so there's no point in comparing yours to someone else's. With hard work and determination, you can achieve any goal you set for yourself. On another note, make sure to leave room to partake in nonacademic activities while in Austin, such as trying out new restaurants or just exploring different parts of the city. You still gotta live life and make memories!

 

HANNAH BARNES || PROGRAM ASSISTANT

HannahBiology 

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I love diversifying my music tastes and finding community among the many different concerts in Austin. ACL can be a great experience, but I find the most fun in smaller venues like the Mohawk :-)

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Anything from Sala & Betty !!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?   The outdoor patio behind RLP or on the 3rd floor of the NHB!

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I always take some time out of my day to draw, paint, or find some creative outlet of my choosing; all while listening to my favorite music!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: It’s alright to feel unprepared or undecided in your path after college; you have so much time ahead of you to plan and explore your interests. Have fun with the classes you take, network with your professors, contact the many career/major exploratory programs on campus, and take advantage of the support WINS has to offer you :-)

 

Aubrie Rettmann || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieBiochemistry

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite quarantine activity is playing online games like skribbl.io or jackbox.tv with friends!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Any of the ramen options at Look Noodles!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  CMA across from Kinsolving! 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Playing music I like while wearing my noise-canceling headphones to drown out any other sounds so I can just text with friends without thinking about the work I have to do!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Even if you're feeling really overwhelmed, everything will work out in the end - just do the best you can, and don't be afraid to lean on friends or family for support!

 

Mackenzie Coffin || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieChemistry 

Hometown: Denison, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite quarantine activity is reading books. I used to be one of those girls that would finish all her book fair books in one weekend so it feels good to relax and read again.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Chicken and Waffles taco from Velvet Taco.

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  Starbucks patio right behind Qdoba on Guad. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Yoga and spending time outside.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Find a planning system that works for you, either a paper planner or something like Google Calendar. There are just too many assignments and events to remember them all. Plus it'll establish good skills for your future career. 

  

Janice Oh || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieBiochemistry

Hometown: Austin, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Kayaking at Lady Bird Lake!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives?  The pho at 888 Pan Asian Restaurant or Sip Pho

3. Where is your favorite place to study? Life Sciences Library for the Harry Potter vibes

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Taking a walk/run while watching YouTube/Twitch

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't be afraid to ask questions to upperclassmen. Try out different organizations to find what you're really passionate about and stick with the ones you really like!

 

Krisha Tripathy || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieBiochemistry

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Exploring the food and shopping scene in Austin!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The chicken rice and salad plate with jalapeno sauce from Kismet Cafe (P17)!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?  SAC

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Hanging out with my friends and relaxing together!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Be open-minded and welcoming to the opportunities and possibilities that you will be presented with throughout college.

 

Emily Wade || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieAstronomy and Physics

Hometown: Bloomington, IL

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Going on walks to visit one of the campus cats, Domino

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Pulled Pork Quesadilla from Salt Lick BBQ

3. Where is your favorite place to study? Life Sciences Library

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Listening to music from my highly curated Spotify playlists

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Don't be afraid to reach out for help. Having to ask for help does not make you any less worthy of being here!

 

My Tang || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieBiochemistry

Hometown: Dallas, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Discovering new places and hanging out with friends! 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Madam Ma’am’s Bankrupt noodles or Pad Thai are so good and last about two meals if you don’t eat a lot.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study is my room, but I also like the lounges at Kins.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I like watching movies or playing video games with friends. 

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Take your time to plan your academic schedule and stick to that schedule, but don’t forget to take breaks for your mental wellbeing. Also when you have the chance explore Austin because there are so many places to go!

 

Catherine Fang || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieComputer Science and Psychology

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin?  I love exploring the city and trying out new restaurants.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives?  The Dry Fried Green Beans, Chongqing Spicy Chicken, and Fish Fillet in Chili Oil at China Family on Guadalupe Street. This is one of my favorite restaurants for authentic Chinese food, and everything that I have ordered here has been so delicious!

3. Where is your favorite place to study? My room because I usually focus best with little to no background noise. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Watching movies, playing board games, or doing anything that involves hanging out with my friends and family.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Get out of your comfort zone! You will be able to meet so many people with different backgrounds and perspectives along the way, making your experiences throughout college even more meaningful.

 

Nastassja Martin || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

NastassjaChemistry 

Hometown: Rio Rancho, NM/ Frisco, TX 

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Bouldering at Austin Bouldering Project (it's basically untethered indoor rock climbing puzzles!)

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Soup dumplings from Barley Swine. They're little explosions of savory and umami goodness. 

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The bottom floor of the union on the high tops by Starbucks. Its quiet atmosphere helps me stay focussed (not to mention its convenient proximity to caffeine). 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Going on walks through Pease park. You could say its beautiful canopy of trees and trickling stream make it rather pease-ful.

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Ask as many questions as you can! Being an inquisitive, open communicator will set you up for success in your personal and professional career.

 

Destiny Afinni-MYLES || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieBiology

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Hiking!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Pizza from Roppolos!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?The Engineering Building

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Catch up with friends at the West Campus food truck (& of course get some Cold Cookie while at it)

5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey!

 

Babette Asamoah || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbiePublic Health

Hometown: Dallas, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I've been at home since the pandemic and just moved to Austin. At some point, I want to go hiking and visit lake Travis. 

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Kesos Tacos, my roommates are constantly raving about their tacos, so I think y'all should try it out!

3. Where is your favorite place to study?I like studying in a library or my room.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? Netflix/Hulu binge!!

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: You do not have to have everything figured/planned out. College, especially your first year, is a great way to explore and find the answers to your questions and concerns. So, don't feel rushed and figure out everything at your own pace!

 

Sneha George || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieNeuroscience

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? My favorite activity to do in Austin is exploring downtown and South Congress with my friends.

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? Everyone has to try the Cabo Bobs burritos at least once! Their burritos are humongous and wayyy better than Chipotle.

3. Where is your favorite place to study? My favorite place to study is at the GDC.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? My favorite way to de-stress is by going on late night walks with my friends on campus.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Make sure you spend time enjoying the city. Austin is such an amazing place, with so many things to experience, so definitely try to go explore whenever you can!

 

Sadie rae Duran || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieComputer Science

Hometown: Victoria, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? Going to get desserts with friends

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The Kerbey Lane chicken & pancakes <3

3. Where is your favorite place to study? In the Kinsolving study rooms. It's the perfect mix of silence and background noise. 

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I love watching TV, coloring or listening to audio books.

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Balancing the college life may be hard. Just remember: study more than you party & sleep more than you study. 

 

Jeneffer Cotilla || PROGRAM aSSISTANT

GabbieBiochemistry

Hometown: Houston, TX

1. What is your favorite activity to do in Austin? I like to go kayaking, paddleboarding, or swimming in Barton Springs. There's so much to do outdoors!

2. What is one meal in Austin that everyone absolutely has to try at least once in their lives? The bruschetta from IL Saporis Italian Food Truck. Is not gourmet but it's comfort food for a good price :)

3. Where is your favorite place to study? The Texas Union. You can reserve a study room, or just pick a spot in the many sitting areas.

4. What is your favorite way to de-stress? I like to go on walks at Roy G. Guerrero Park. Honestly, just walk anywhere with greenery. 

 5. One piece of advice for incoming freshmen: Your entire life is not a college or job application. Not everything has to serve a greater purpose or enrich your resume. Allow yourself to do things just because you enjoy them every now and then.

 

I really enjoy hanging out at some of the outdoor places in Austin. A few of my favorites are Zilker park, Mt. Bonnell, and Auditorium Shores!