(Oct. 3, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences and College of Engineering showcased some of the research laboratories this morning for student members attending the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference this week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
One hundred and sixty-five students from across the country and Puerto Rico had the opportunity to see the College of Sciences biophotonics laboratory, which provides 3-D imaging cellular analysis. The students also viewed one of the most powerful electron microscopes in physics.
Additionally, the students toured the Recreation and Wellness Center and the College of Engineering robotics and Advanced Visualization laboratories.
According to 21-year-old Sophia Campos, a senior at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience, "I have actually worked with virtual reality before, so being able to see equipment that is more up-to-date then what I have used was very nice and in a fun environment as well."
The tour wrapped up with a lunch in the University Center Ballroom, where UTSA Provost John Frederick provided words of encouragement for them to continue to pursue graduate degrees to help fill a critical need in the nation. Frederick quoted the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics that state traditionally only two percent of Hispanics earn doctoral degrees.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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