(Aug. 13, 2013) -- Fifteen UTSA students recently completed a 10-week research program as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program at UTSA. The intensive summer program is one of two undergraduate research initiatives in the Office of P-20 Initiatives, which provides ways for students to engage in scholarly research before they pursue doctoral studies. The program represents eight disciplines in five UTSA colleges.
Named for the late astronaut Ronald E. McNair Jr., the McNair Scholars program is a federally funded initiative that provides research opportunities for first-generation college students from across the country. Through the program, undergraduate students engage in faculty mentoring, research and academic support services.
At UTSA, the McNair Scholars program prepares selected sophomores with at least 30 college hours, along with juniors and seniors, aspiring to pursue doctoral studies. The program exposes students to graduate work and research. Low-income, first-generation college students and students underrepresented in doctoral programs are invited to apply to the program.
This year's summer program culminated by attending the 21st annual McNair Research Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley. The UTSA McNair scholars presented posters of their summer research projects to more than 200 fellow McNair scholars and faculty from more than 50 universities across the country.
"The McNair summer program helped me to see the future benefits and positive implications of my scholarly pursuits," said Ernest Hernandez, a real estate and finance major.
"I feel like I'm on track to going to graduate school because I know what I need to do to become a competitive and qualified candidate for graduate school," said public administration major Julian Williams.
Throughout the summer program, students focused on their individual research projects while working on GRE preparation, graduate school visits, graduate workshops, symposiums and faculty mentoring. The McNair students then presented their research at the third annual TRIO Symposium at UTSA, 21st annual McNair National Symposium and the UTSA Summer Research Program Symposium.
The McNair Scholars program is administered by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives at UTSA. For more information, contact Darrell Balderrama at 210-458-4284.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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