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The Interdisciplinary Life Sciences (ILS) Graduate Programs host a number of events each year.  These events bring together students and faculty in the Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry programs to help to foster a sense of community while spurring collaboration.

  • The annual Admissions Weekends allow prospective students form an impression of student life at UT Austin and the city of Austin. These events typically feature a poster session, interviews with faculty, presentations on student life, and social gatherings with current graduate students and faculty.

  • The New Student Orientation is held at the start of the first semester each year and provides opportunity to meet peers, familiarize themselves with program requirements and speak with Graduate Advisors and program leadership.

  • The Annual Retreat is hosted at the beginning of the academic year and offers opportunity for students and faculty to learn and discuss each other's research and to socialize. Learn more here.

  • A regular Seminar Series featuring notable speakers from UT Austin and other institutions offers opportunities to learn about current research and to network with colleagues in a variety of fields. View upcoming seminars.

In addition, the ILS Graduate Student Association (GSA), also hosts a number of informal events and activities throughout the year. These include:

  • Open Coding Hours
  • BioTacos: research presentations by students + tacos!
  • Pints with Professors: hold off-campus, these are informal chats with faculty and students.

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