Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Programs


College of Sciences Director of STEM Initiatives

Aaron Cassill, Ph.D.


Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED)

ESTEEMED is a freshman and sophomore-level research training program that provides academic enrichment, financial support, faculty and peer mentoring, and training in UTSA biomedical research laboratories.

Educating Youth in Environmental Science (EYES)

EYES is a K-5 educational outreach program that presents a series of lessons in conservation and natural resources to fifth graders.

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH)

EYH is an annual science conference targeting girls in the sixth through eighth grades to increase their interest in pursuing STEM careers. At the free conference, girls break into small groups for hands-on laboratory experiences and career advice presented by regional professional women in STEM.

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)

EMBHSSC is a two-week academic, residential camp for sixth, seventh and eighth graders that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science skills. It introduces participants to college life and stimulates their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.

Facilitated Access to Scientific Training (FAST)

FAST is a scholarship program that includes additional training to prepare students for careers in science. Students are recruited from the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program and must be economically disadvantaged and have shown an interest in pursuing careers in biology, chemistry, or physics.

Generating Education Excellence in Math and Science (GE²MS)

GE²MS coordinates between UTSA’s College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development to prepare science students to teach high school mathematics and science courses. Presently, UTSA is one of the greatest sources for STEM high school teachers in South Texas. UTSA is also a partner in the U.S. Department of Education's "Accelerated Teacher Education Program: Transition to Teaching" which aims to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers in math, science, and other subjects to high-need schools.

International Collaborations

UTSA has agreements with universities in Mexico, Central and South America to offer additional STEM opportunities to our students. For example, UTSA and the National Autonomous University of Honduras have an agreement to cooperate in research about water resources and water supply problems.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research (MARC-U*STAR)

MARC-U*STAR is a training program to help students enter and complete doctoral programs. Participants engage in a variety of activities that build their credentials for doctoral program entry and help them to succeed once they are there.

National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition provides institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum in a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.

Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP)

PREP is a rigorous engineering and mathematics college preparation summer course for middle and high school students. The program began in San Antonio and has been duplicated throughout the state, across the U.S., and in Puerto Rico. Ninety-nine percent of PREP’s students go on to college.

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)

RCMI is designed to enhance the research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving universities which offer doctorates in health sciences. The program has contributed significantly to UTSA’s expansion of research capabilities through the creation of advanced research core facilities that are available to all UTSA researchers, the recruitment of outstanding biomedical faculty members, and support for faculty development research projects.

Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)

RISE is a student-oriented program that provides financial and professional development support for underrepresented undergraduate and doctoral students while they pursue training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. It is the program's mission to assist students to develop as exceptional leaders and researchers and launch into successful careers in biomedical or behavioral sciences.

Retaining Emerging Alamo College Talent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (REACT-STEM)

REACT-STEM is a scholarship program that provides financial support and facilitates community college student transfer and transition to UTSA, while promoting academic excellence and STEM career development.

San Antonio Mathematics Collaborative

The San Antonio Mathematics Collaborative is a training and retention program for high school mathematics teachers.

San Antonio Math Science Education Coalition (SAMSEC)

SAMSEC implements and influences city-wide efforts to recruit, certify, and retain science and mathematics teachers for San Antonio schools. Its focus is to unify math support and promote a stronger foundation of math skills in the community.

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE)

SCORE supports the development of biomedical and behavioral research capabilities for faculty from underrepresented minorities. The program also encourages students from MARC-U*STAR, RISE, and other diversity programs to participate in research in the labs of SCORE faculty.

Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology (TREE)

TREE is a fellowship program for underrepresented minority students who are interested in a career in conservation and natural resources. The program offers funding, field and laboratory research, workshops in study skills, technical writing, and leadership interaction with role models. It also provides summer funding for undergraduates and year-round support for master's and doctoral students.


UTeachSA is a collaboration between UTSA’s College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development to provide undergraduate students earning a STEM degree with the opportunity to also become a high school math or science teacher. Presently, UTSA is one of the greatest sources for STEM high school teachers in South Texas.

UTSA Rising Researchers Program and Award (RR)

RR is a research training and support program designed for first semester freshmen to provide an introduction to laboratory research and aid in a successful transition into college life.

UTSA Science Transfer Academy (STA)

The STA is a research training and support program designed to support and connect transitioning community college students with the UTSA research community.

UTSA Tuggle Scholars Program

The UTSA Tuggle Scholars Program is a mentoring and training program for graduate students who aspire to become leaders in environmental science and ecology.

Work Study Research Training Program (WSRTP)

The WSRTP is a research training program that allows work-study-eligible undergraduates to be paid for performing research in a UTSA research laboratory.