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UTSA alumna Mitra Miri awarded $182,500 from NSF and Ford Foundation

Mitra Miri

Mitra Miri

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(Nov. 4, 2010)--UTSA alumna Mitra Miri '08 was admitted in 2009 to the Yale University interdepartmental neuroscience program, a highly competitive graduate program that accepts only a handful of new students each year. Over the last several months, Miri has received two grants totaling $182,500 to support her graduate studies.

Over the next three years, she will receive $122,500 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program, which offers competitive funding to graduate students in the United States and abroad. The program has supported numerous Nobel Prize winners including past fellows U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin and "Freakonomics" co-author Steven Levitt. The award includes a $30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 annually for tuition and books, and $1,000 for international travel.

Additionally, Miri won a three-year, $60,000 Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship, one of 40 awarded annually. The Ford Foundation pre-doctoral fellowship program encourages diversity in higher education by supporting promising American students from diverse backgrounds with $20,000 annual stipends for their graduate studies. Fellows are chosen based on academic achievement and commitment to a scholarly career incorporating diversity in the classroom.

Miri, an Honors College student, transferred to UTSA in 2005 after taking classes at the University of Texas at Austin and Amherst College. From 2005 to 2008, she worked as a research assistant in UTSA's neurobiology of aging laboratory under the mentorship of Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, UTSA associate professor and chair of the Department of Biology.

During that time, she also gained research experience through the UTSA Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, Harvard University's Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Minority Health International Research Training Program and the National Institutes of Health summer internship program.

In 2008, Miri graduated with honors, earning a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in political science. Ultimately, she hopes to build an academic career in science policy and translational research.

"When I was looking to transfer out of Austin, I knew San Antonio was really building up its research, and I was interested in getting in on the ground floor," said Miri. "The Honors College and Dr. Ann Eisenberg were instrumental in making sure that I pursued different summer opportunities in research. Those experiences have helped me tremendously in my graduate studies."



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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