Rep. Ciro Rodriguez and students
Rep. Ciro Rodriguez speaks to UTSA students after the federal funding
announcement. (Photo by Mark McClendon)

Rep. Ciro Rodriguez announces UTSA funding

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 9, 2008)--UTSA's new University Center Hidalgo Room today was the site for an announcement by U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez of more than $388,000 in federal funding for two UTSA programs.

The programs provide $300,000 for the San Antonio Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (SAMSEP) and $88,333 for an HIV prevention program aimed at young women attending minority institutions. Rodriguez also discussed his success in securing $9.4 million in funding for the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) and other important projects at UTSA, which is engaged in plans to become a premier research university.

"I'm pleased that UTSA is quickly becoming one of the nation's leading research institutions in part due to the funds we've been able to secure," Rodriguez said. "Such a wide range of research and educational projects are instrumental in the university becoming both a strong state and national institution that brings great benefits to our community."

Other UTSA projects that recently received federal funding include:

  • "Quantitative Neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio" ($1,126,147)
  • UTSA project "BRIGE: Sorption Behavior of Contaminants to Manufactured Nanomaterials for Potential Use as Remediation and Water Treatment Technologies" ($174,054)
  • Upward Bound Math and Science program ($250,000)
  • Special Education Accelerated Teacher Education Program ($389,667)

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