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NIH Awards UTSA $2.4 Million to Groom Science Students for Research Careers

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(July 11, 2011)--Over the next five years, The University of Texas at San Antonio is slated to receive $2.4 million in funding from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences to continue its MARC research training program, which supports underrepresented and disadvantaged UTSA undergraduates majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics or engineering. UTSA will use the funding to partially support 12 students each year through 2016.

The MARC program, also known as Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research or MARC-U*STAR, is an honors program that allows underrepresented and disadvantaged students to thoroughly prepare for admission into competitive graduate science programs. UTSA MARC students receive research and professional skills training, $2,080 per semester toward tuition, a $931 monthly stipend and funding to travel to two conferences. In addition, the program provides the undergraduates with leadership training, mentoring and other skills critical to building a successful career as a research scientist.

UTSA has offered the MARC program for 31 years. During that time, the program has supported 231 students with more than $10.1 million in support from the National Institutes of Health. Some of the program's alums have completed doctoral research programs and now teach at the university level. Others have pursued health sciences training and earned their professional degrees.

"In recent years, most of our MARC students have enrolled in graduate programs," said Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, MARC director and chair of the UTSA Department of Biology. "During that same time frame, all of the students who participated in the MARC program and applied to graduate school were admitted. Our recent graduates are now at Stanford, Harvard, the University of Michigan, the University of Iowa and the University of Washington, Seattle."

The MARC program is one of a dozen training programs housed in UTSA's Center for Research and Training in the Sciences, a center within the UTSA College of Sciences.

To learn more about MARC, visit their website.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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