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The students in the School of Human Ecology are engaged and active. Our students, through student organizations, refine their leadership skills while pursuing their intellectual and social interests.

Sanctioned and supported by the Office of the Dean of Students, student organizations are a great way to meet other students with similar interests and to proudly represent the School of Human Ecology and the College of Natural Sciences.

School of Human Ecology Student Organizations

School of Human Ecology Ambassadors is a sponsored organization focused on service to the School of Human Ecology by implementing and supporting projects, events, and initiatives designed to serve all students.

Food Studies is an student initiated project to raise awareness about the importance of understanding food from a interdisciplinary approach. Our vision is the creation of a Food Studies Institute at The University of Texas at Austin to complement a variety of academic disciplines. Faculty member Lydia Steinman is adviser to this group.

Knowledge, Nutrition and Power (KNAP) aims to empower young female athletes to live healthy lives. We will reach out to local schools in order to  educate and ultimately reduce the prevalence of the Female Athlete Triad in young female athletes in Austin. Faculty member Dr. Charlotte Herzele is adviser to this group.

Nutrition Graduate Student Association is an organization for graduate students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. The purpose of NGSA is to facilitate graduate student communication and provide representation to faculty as it relates to graduate students.

Students in Medical Laboratory Science (SMLS) is an organization of students from the University of Texas at Austin who are interested in becoming Medical Laboratory Scientists/Technologists. We strive to bring awareness to other students by providing information about the various hospital programs and what it all entails to be a Medical Technologist.

Texas HDFS is a registered student organization dedicated to creating a network of students, grad students, faculty, and advisors to foster a community interested in relationships and development. They aim to create opportunities related to human development and family sciences more accessible to all — for those within and outside of the major. 

Texas Nutrition is a student organization run by students interested in nutrition, wellness, and health. Recently, two student organizations, Nutrition and Wellness Association and Student Dietetics Association, joined forces to form Texas Nutrition. The purpose of our organization is to provide students with opportunities to serve the community, to develop relationships with faculty, to make contacts with other dietetic and nutrition professionals, and to develop relationships with other students interested in nutrition. Diane Papillion and Monica Milonovich serve as faculty advisers to this group.

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. The interdisciplinary field of public health combines biology, chemistry, medicine, and sociology. At the University of Texas at Austin, the Public Health B.S. degree is broken into 6 concentrations. Texas Public Health is open to all majors interested in public health. We provide information about graduate school, research opportunities around campus, and a vibrant community to explore public health. We hope to raise awareness on public health issues around the globe and foster strong ties of responsibility and dependability to our local Austin community.

University Fashion Group University Fashion Group is an organization devoted to students who love fashion and may also plan on working in the fashion industry. UFG allows students to get involved in the fashion industry around Austin, and all over the country. We have set up members with jobs and internships all around Austin. Our members also get to work backstage at fashion shows during New York and LA Fashion Week!

College of Natural Sciences Student Organizations

There is a dizzying array of interests and opportunities represented by student organizations in the College of Natural Sciences Office of Student Life. Please take a moment to peruse the list; perhaps you will find the organization that best suits your needs. Here's a small sample of organizations of interest to many SoHE students. 


If you are interested in exploring other organizations on campus, Hornslink is a great place to begin. There is a search bar on the left side that pulls from the organizations' descriptions.