Program Description at UTSA
Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment
To increase the number of Hispanic
leaders in governmental and non-governmental organizations,
colleges and universities, and private industries
related to “agriculture and the environment”
Note: This program is not restricted to Hispanics. Other
underrepresented groups, including African-Americans
can apply. Whites with experience and special interest
in working with Hispanics are also invited to apply
and have been and will continue to be accepted into
Program Objectives –
A. Increase the number of Hispanic and other underrepresented
people as professors that teach and/or conduct research
in colleges and universities that offer studies in
agriculture and the environment.
B. Increase the number
of Hispanic and other underrepresented professionals in leadership positions
in colleges and universities, governmental and non-governmental
organizations, and private industries related to
agriculture and the environment.
the knowledge about issues that particularly impact on
the nation’s Hispanic
American community and other underrepresented professionals
and, propose research-based solutions.
D. Improve the
capacity of young Hispanic and other underrepresented professionals to exercise
leadership in professions related to agriculture
and the environment.
E. Improve the
ability of young Hispanic and other underrepresented professionals to analyze
public policies related to agriculture and the environment.
Program Approach –
A. Graduate Courses – that
make up M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs.
B. Research – that links the
universities with Hispanic communities.
Analysis Capacity Building – to enable Fellows
to analyze policy to make adjustments in policies,
traditions, and programs to improve access to programs
related to agriculture and the environment by Hispanic
Americans and other underrepresented groups.
Development – to
hone or develop leadership skills that young professionals
will need to become active and influential participants
in their professions.
Program Requirements –
A. Admittance to a M.S. or Ph.D. program in the College
of Science or Engineering at UTSA.
undergraduate degree for M.S. studies or completed
degree for Ph.D. studies.
E. Participate in orientation (each
year in Fall), policy analysis workshop (alternate
years in Fall), leadership development workshop (alternate
years in Spring), research-sharing workshop (yearly
in Spring), funding for research workshop (first
year in Spring), natural resources field trip (alternate
years in Spring), and meeting with National Advisory
Board (yearly in Winter)
research with a Texas or U. S. Hispanic community.
G. Submit annual
progress reports at end of each spring semester,
i.e., courses for credit completed, status of research,
articles submitted for publication, articles published
in refereed journals, papers and poster presentations
at professional meetings, awards and honors received,
and a statement or progress report from the student’s
Program Provisions –
A. For M.S.
studies, support will be up to $25,000 per year
(from a combination of funding sources) for two years
and/or could be a graduate teaching or research assistantships,
or payment of tuition and fees.
Ph.D. studies, support will be up to $30,000 per
year (from/or a combination of funding sources) for
three years and could be a graduate teaching or research
assistantship and/or payment of tuition and fees.
C. Ph.D. studies
for four years, if students go from B.S. to Ph.D.
program or start in M.S. program and change to Ph.D.
program during the first year of M.S. studies.
D. A petition or permission is required for additional
temporary support or additional research support.
E. If students participate in a
paid internship for a summer or a semester, the total
two- or three-year period may be extended by one
that complete an M.S. through this program and are
accepted to the doctoral program may continue with
the program but will have to request support.
G. Research support, $2,500 per
year for travel, lodging, and meals for all required
organizations may sponsor students, and support for
tuition and fees may be available.
I. Most required
program activities for both M.S. and Ph.D. students
will be completed in first two years. In third year
Ph.D. students will only be required to participate
in a meeting with the National Advisory Board and
a research-sharing workshop.
Program Partners –
of Texas at San Antonio, and University of Texas
Pan American, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M
University-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
Program Application –
A. Letter of recommendation
from departmental major advisor confirming some departmental
funding for the two- or three-year period and flexibility
in the academic program to participate in required
program activities, i.e., orientation, policy analysis
workshop, leadership development workshop, research-sharing
workshop, funding for research workshop, natural
resources field trip, and meeting with National Advisory
B. Application form
signed by student (Download
C. Copy of accepted application
for graduate studies at UTSA.
D. Submit hardcopy
application as soon as possible, they will be reviewed
Negrete for Dr. O. W. Van Auken
CRTS-CENTER FOR RESEARCH AND
TRAINING IN SCIENCES
The University of Texas at San
One UTSA Circle, San
Antonio, TX 78249-0662
Note: For more information
about this program or about the application, call
210-458-5168 or 210-458-5489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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