Jobs & Scholarships

Patricia Witherspoon Research Award

University of Texas graduate students are invited to apply for The Patricia Witherspoon Research Award to offset costs associated with conducting original research in the areas of public service, government, community service, civic life, citizenship, or politics. Previous research topics have included faith-based organizations, family policy, immigration, and educational interventions. Past award winners have used the funding to pay for focus groups, survey instruments, and other aspects of their research.

Amount of the stipend: $2,000

Research Requirements:

· Original research must be conducted in public service, government, civic life, citizenship, or politics.
· Preference will be given to students working on master’s theses or doctoral dissertations.
· All research must be overseen by a faculty member.
· The research must be conducted for a course taken for credit.
· Expectations by the Institute: The recipient will be expected to write a summary of their research for publication for the Institute. Please contact Chuck Courtney, Assistant Director for Administration at 471-7208 with questions.

To apply, please email the following to

· Contact information including name, address, email, and telephone number.
· Major field of study and current overall GPA.
· Two page research prospectus including research question, brief summary of the literature, methodology, expected results and anticipated start and end dates.
· Applicants may also be asked to participate in a face-to-face interview.

Award recipients may be asked to give a short presentation of their work to the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life’s Advisory Council during fall 2015.
The deadline for the application will be Monday, May 4, 2015.


The GSC is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Johnson-Bates Scholarship program.


The purpose of the Johnson-Bates Respect and Inclusion Presidential Scholarship Program is to provide a college scholarship to student(s) who are playing an active role to stop or prevent bullying (particularly as it is displayed towards people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) as well as improve the climate on campus for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.


A minimum of one (1) $2,500 undergraduate scholarship will be available annually. Scholarships are awarded for one year only, but recipients may re-apply for a second year.


  1. Applicants must be full-time University of Texas at Austin undergraduate students enrolled in the Jackson School of Geosciences.
  2. Applicants must have completed at least 45 credit hours in residence at UT Austin by the time the award is received.

More information about the scholarship is attached.  Applications are due April 6, 2015.

Johnson-Bates Scholarship Application 2015-16 (rv 3.25.15)[1]


INTERNSHIP OPENING: Better Builder Program Intern – Austin, TX
Internship Dates: Summer semester; mid June – mid August
Applications accepted until position is filled


Created in 2002, WDP is a statewide, membership-based organization devoted to workers’ rights and advocacy, chiefly aiming to build power among Texas construction workers. Its mission – to empower low-income workers to achieve fair employment through education, direct services, organizing and strategic partnerships – is accomplished through a network of dedicated staff, volunteers and members.

WDP is one of the few organizations in Texas focused on addressing workplace abuse faced by low-wage laborers. Among the most established worker centers in the South, and a leader in the national movement of worker centers fighting for fair conditions for working people, WDP has won numerous awards for its cutting-edge achievements within one of the country’s most difficult climates for workers. The New York Times described WDP as “one of the most creative organizations for immigrant workers in the country”.

Each year, WDP serves over 2,500 workers through offices in Austin and Dallas by way of various social-service and organizing programs. WDP concentrates its efforts on winning better work conditions in the construction industry, which is among the most powerful special interest groups in Texas and employs over 900,000 workers statewide, half of whom are undocumented.

• Recovered over $1,150,000 in back wages for 1,100 low-wage workers through negotiation, legal and direct action.

• Won 5,000 good construction jobs that pay living wages, include expanded safety protections, and provide job training to help workers advance in the workplace by signing landmark agreements with large scale commercial developers.

• Passed Texas’ first misclassification protection law that imposes fines on employers caught misclassifying employees on state contracts – protecting not just construction workers, but any worker employed by a state contractor.

• Won one of the nation’s most progressive economic development policies. To be eligible for tax incentives from the City of Austin, companies must now agree to ensure higher standards on construction projects including: living and prevailing wages, OSHA basic safety training, workers’ compensation coverage, protection from misclassification for all workers on the project, and local hiring requirements from “disadvantaged” worker populations (those that are low-income, have a criminal record, and do not have a high school diploma).

• Passed a statewide wage theft law that allows police departments across Texas to arrest employers who don’t pay their workers.

• Won a federal OSHA investigation into Texas’ deadly construction industry. Under this initiative, OSHA conducted nearly 900 inspections throughout the state, resulting in close to 1,500 citations and fines totaling almost $2 million. Overall the investigation resulted in a 60% increase in construction safety inspections throughout the state, saving countless lives.

• Won paid rest breaks for Austin’s 60,000 construction workers by holding a “thirst strike” with WDP construction worker members and leaders outside of City Hall during the summer.

• Won changes in city contracts to require basic OSHA 10 hour safety trainings for all construction workers on city-funded sites.

About the Better Builder Program: The Better Builder Program seeks to raise conditions for construction workers and add value to work done by responsible developers and businesses by certifying construction projects that achieve higher wage and safety protections for workers. To become Better Builder certified, a construction project would include providing a living wage, OSHA-10 safety training to all workers and OSHA-30 for safety supervisors, workers’ compensation insurance, local hiring goals, and periodic on-site interviews with construction workers from an independent third-party certified by the Better Builder program.

The Better Builder Program Intern position is an 40 hour/week commitment and will run approximately 8 weeks during Summer 2015.

Better Builder is working to expand its operations, and interns will have an exciting opportunity to help build out an organization from the ground up that will raise working conditions in the construction industry.

This is not an internship with busy work. Interns will build their writing and research skills, learn project management, and become integral members of a team dedicated to helping working families in Texas.

The Intern will report to WDP’s Business Liaison, and will enhance the Better Builder Program’s work by:
• Establish a plan to research the business and economic benefits for companies to commit to raising working conditions for construction workers.

• Find new partners who are committed to working families and common sense wage and safety standards.

• Support existing campaigns with research, writing, and editing.

• Educate community allies about and engage construction workers in ongoing campaigns.

• Other duties as assigned.

• Interest in social enterprises and companies that do good things to help raise conditions for working families

• Experience conducting basic research, including reading and understanding primary and secondary sources, citing sources, and compiling information for use by external audiences

• Microsoft Word/Excel proficiency

• Preferred: experience with Google Email, Drive, Calendar, and Mavenlink, Spanish language proficiency.

• Strong attention to detail

• Commitment to social, economic, and racial justice

• Stipend: $150/week

• Possible course credit

• Direct experience in building a sustainable social enterprise and raising working conditions for working families in Texas

Send resume and cover letter to
As an equal opportunity employer, Workers Defense Project embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Goldman Sachs is hosting for first year undergraduates. Eligible students must be Black, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Female. Students from any major are invited to attend. Attendees must apply by April 12, 2015. The camp will be May 18-21, 2015. Goldman Sachs will provide domestic US travel and hotel accommodations. More information can be found here.


Apply now to be part of the 2015-16 cohort for:

Counseling and Mental Health Center Peer Educators

“I have enjoyed getting to know everyone in the class so well and really feel like a team, all working towards a common goal. I look forward to it every week!” (student  from 20014-2015 class)

What do you have to say about . . .


Stress management,



Public Health?

How do you engage your community in dialogue about college mental health?

What does it mean to be an effective bystander or supportive ally?


GET ACADEMIC CREDIT (through Social Work, or Health Education) to become part of the next cohort of Peer Educators for the Counseling and Mental Health Center! Open to undergraduate students only.


This three-semester course trains students to become Peer Educators for the Counseling and Mental Health Center and give presentations across the UT campus to their peers.


Application and interview REQUIRED



If interested, please complete the online application (To find the application, scroll down to Earn Academic Credit (HED 378D/SW 360K Peer Health Leadership – Mental Health Promotion) by Monday, April 6th at 5 PM.  See the attached document for more information about the course.

Please direct all questions to Marian Trattner,

Marian E. Trattner, MSW

Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Be That One. Suicide Prevention Program:

Counseling and Mental Health Center

The University of Texas at Austin




My name is Brian Wasik and I am writing on behalf of Dr. Stephen Forssell. I am reaching out to you with the hopes that you will pass on some information about our LGBT Health Policy & Practice graduate certificate to potentially interested contacts and/or members. We are now accepting applications for the 2015-16 program year. Below is a brief overview of the program for more information.

The certificate is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program that trains current and future medical, nursing and mental health professionals to better care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. A large number of our certificate students are pursuing graduate degrees in or are working in the fields of medicine, nursing, metal health, public health, social work, and policy.

Applications: Our application portal is open now. March 15 is the deadline to apply to be considered for tuition assistance. Overall deadline is May 31.

Thank you in advance for your consideration. For further questions, please feel free to email me or Dr. Stephen Forssell back at this address.



Applications are now available for The Sean N. Bourgeois Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Established in honor of former Longhorn Hellraiser and engineering student, Sean N. Bourgeois, the Sean N. Bourgeois Memorial Endowed Scholarship recognizes a deserving student at The University of Texas at Austin who exemplifies qualities exuded by Sean: university spirit and campus involvement. This scholarship is open to all UT students. A member of Longhorn Hellraisers will receive first preference, and second preference will be given to a student majoring in engineering.

For more information about the scholarship please visit:



Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship

The Office of the Dean of Students invites qualified students to apply for the Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship. Eight scholarships of $500.00 will be awarded in memory of Glenn W. Maloney who served as the Associate Dean of Students for seven years.

Students who exemplify Glenn Maloney’s character and positive impact on students at the University of Texas at Austin and meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship and to find out how to apply, please visit


California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and the Human Sexuality PhD Program are proud to announce that the Arcus Fellowship Program application is open for prospective Fellows. The Arcus Fellowship aims to encourage colleges and universities to improve their campus climates by building the leadership capacity of LGBTQ students.

Each Arcus Fellow, with the support of a home campus mentor (a faculty member, advisor, counselor, or student), will design, implement, and evaluate a project that directly addresses harassment, bullying, discrimination, and social isolation experienced by LGBTQ students – particularly trans students and students of color – on the Arcus Fellow’s home campus.

The Arcus Fellow and home campus mentor will have support from an Arcus Mentor (a PhD student from the CIIS Human Sexuality PhD program) and financial support from the Arcus Foundation. Fellows will also attend the Expanding the Circle, a Summer Institute at CIIS in San Francisco. Expanding the Circle attracts LGBTQ leaders from more than 100 universities and institutes, and creatively explores topics such as student needs, inclusive leadership, and policy and curriculum development.  Arcus Fellows will become part of a growing network of leaders, and will present their project at this conference the following year.

While all LGBTQ-identified students are welcome to apply, priority will be given to students who:
– Are non-cisgendered
– Are from communities of color, and/or
– Attend colleges or universities that have limited LGBTQ resources.

For more information, please visit the Arcus Fellowship homepage or contact Emily McKee, CIIS Human Sexuality Program Coordinator at or 415.575.3422.