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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs

College of Sciences Director of STEM Initiatives:

Aaron Cassill, Ph.D. , (210) 458-5491

Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics

Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics leverages established faculty and their expertise in microbial genetics, mycology, pathogenesis, and immunology at UTSA for genome based research on pathogenic microorganisms. The center is aimed at translation of this genomic information to practical solutions for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, as well as establishing training programs at different academic levels to meet the challenges of the "Post-Genomic Era" in research in microbiology and infectious diseases.

Expanding Your Horizons

Expanding Your Horizons: an annual science conference targeting girls in the sixth through eighth grades to increase their interest in pursuing STEM careers. At the free conference, girls break into small groups for hands-on laboratory experiences and career advice presented by regional professional women in STEM.

ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair

ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair: state-level science fair showcasing middle and high school students’ projects. Winners compete at the international level.

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp: a two-week academic, residential camp for sixth, seventh and eighth graders that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science skills. It introduces participants to college life and stimulates their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.

Generating Education Excellence in Math and Science (GE²MS)

Generating Education Excellence in Math and Science (GE²MS): coordinates between UTSA’s College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development to prepare science students to teach high school mathematics and science courses. Presently, UTSA is one of the greatest sources for STEM high school teachers in South Texas. UTSA is also a partner in the U.S. Department of Education's "Accelerated Teacher Education Program: Transition to Teaching" which aims to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers in math, science and other subjects to high-need schools.

Hispanic Leadership Program in Agriculture and the Environment (HLAE)

Hispanic Leadership Program in Agriculture and the Environment (HLAE): a program 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.

International Center for Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials (ICNAM)

International Center for Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials (ICNAM) : a center which organizes workshops in nanotechnology and materials science, creates networks of researchers and promotes the participation of industry in Texas and Mexico.

International Collaborations

International Collaborations: UTSA has agreements with universities in Mexico, Central and South America to offer additional STEM opportunities to our students. For example, UTSA and the National Autonomous University of Honduras have an agreement to cooperate in research about water resources and water supply problems.

Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research

Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research (MARC-U*STAR): a training program to help students enter doctoral programs and succeed in their doctoral studies. Positions are available to students in biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering and physics.

Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement

Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE): a student-oriented program that provides financial and professional development support for up to 40 undergraduates and 15 doctoral students while they pursue training in biomedical research.

Minority Biomedical Research Support - Support for Competitive Research

Minority Biomedical Research Support - Support for Competitive Research (MBRS-SCORE): a program which supports biomedical and behavioral research projects which include research opportunities for underrepresented minorities.

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition: provides institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.

PRefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)

PRefreshman Engineering Program (PREP): a rigorous engineering and mathematics college preparation summer course for middle and high school students. The program began in San Antonio and has been duplicated throughout the state, across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico. Ninety-nine percent of PREP’s students go on to college.

Research Center for Minority Institutions

Research Center for Minority Institutions (RCMI): a $10 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) program that enhances the research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving universities which offer doctorates in health sciences.

San Antonio Mathematics Collaborative

San Antonio Mathematics Collaborative: a training and retention program for high school mathematics teachers.

San Antonio Math Science Education Coalition

San Antonio Math Science Education Coalition (SAMSEC): a comprehensive group including universities, publicly funded programs and alternative teacher certification programs that seek to recruit, retain and renew math and science teachers.

San Antonio Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (SAMSEP)

San Antonio Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (SAMSEP): a partnership of school districts, universities, community colleges, and civic and business leaders to improve math and science education in San Antonio.

Sloan Scholarship Foundation

Sloan Scholarship Foundation: an opportunity which offers financial support to minority doctoral students who are working in the laboratories of participating UTSA faculty. The program was designed to encourage underrepresented minorities to pursue STEM careers.

Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology (TREE)

Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology (TREE): a fellowship program for underrepresented minority students who are interested in a career in conservation and natural resources. The program offers funding, field and laboratory research, workshops in study skills, technical writing, and leadership interaction with role models. It also provides summer funding for undergraduates and year-round support for M.S. and Ph.D. students.