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Graduate student Connie Shung
Connie Shung, doctoral student in College of
Sciences cell and molecular biology program

UTSA research funding increases 4.6 percent

(Jan. 21, 2004)--The University of Texas at San Antonio received $30.2 million in sponsored program awards in fiscal year 2003, which is $1.3 million or 4.6 percent higher than the previous year. Of the $30.2 million, more than $14.5 million was directed toward restricted research.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding of UTSA research projects began 29 years ago with a few hundred thousand dollars and increased dramatically to more than $8.6 million in fiscal year 2003.

Of the $8.6 million total, $7.7 million went to 45 research or instructional grant projects.

"NIH's increasing financial support reinforces the university's goal to become a premier research university," said Ricardo Romo, president of UTSA. "In 2002, UTSA was ranked among the top third of 515 domestic institutions of higher education in the United States."

Some of the funded projects include using mathematical models and computer simulations to study Parkinson's-related diseases, studying the biogeochemistry of contaminated soils and assisting high school teachers to include engineering principles in their math and science curricula.

--Kris Rodriguez

University Communications
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