By Christi Fish
Associate Director of Media Relations
(Oct. 22, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio announces the award of a five-year, $1.1 million Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program, administered by the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives' TRIO office, targets students from underrepresented parts of society and helps prepare them for doctoral studies through research and other academic opportunities.
"We are pleased that UTSA is one of the few universities in the nation that has been awarded seven TRIO grants," said Rachel Ruiz, assistant vice president for P-20 initiatives. "This shows our staff is working hard to reach our goals and objectives."
McNair scholars receive a variety of services to assist their preparation for graduate studies. Services include application assistance, graduate school visitations, academic workshops, faculty research mentors and an intense 10-week summer research institute. Because Ronald E. McNair Scholars are recognized nationally for their scholarship, most graduate programs offer participants application waivers and fellowship awards. Seventy-two percent of participants in UTSA's McNair Scholars program are currently enrolled or have completed a graduate degree.
Adolph Delgado participated in the McNair program while he was a UTSA Honors College student earning his bachelor's degree in psychology. He graduated from UTSA in 2010 and now is pursuing a master's degree at UTSA in health and kinesiology. He also plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical health psychology.
"Because of the McNair Scholars program, I was able to acquire the necessary skills to conduct graduate level research," said Delgado. "The McNair program provided opportunities like workshops, conferences and etiquette dinners that molded me into a well-rounded master's student and motivated me to pursue a doctoral degree. Simply put, it helped me surpass my goals and encouraged me to dream bigger than ever before. I am proud to be a McNair Scholar."
In 2010, Honors College student Irving Arevalo graduated cum laude from UTSA with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in biology. While at UTSA, he also participated in the McNair program. He is now a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Howard University researching mental health-care attitudes among Latinos and African Americans.
"UTSA's McNair program has been a salient hallmark toward the continuation of my education," Arevalo. "The program provided me with opportunities I would not have been able to accomplish by myself. I am truly proud of being a McNair Scholar."
Within the last two years, the UTSA TRIO office has secured more than $9 million to help disadvantaged students over the next five years. In addition to the McNair program, the UTSA TRIO office offers the Upward Bound program and the Educational Talent Search. The funding will be used to provide academic opportunities for first-generation, low-income students to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Each year, more than 2,000 students from San Antonio, Uvalde, Crystal City, Eagle Pass and Brackettville participate in UTSA's TRIO programs.
To learn more about the UTSA TRIO programs including the McNair program, contact Rhonda Moses, executive director of TRIO programs in the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, at 210-458-4093 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The McNair Scholars program is recruiting for the 2012-2013 academic year and summer. For more information, email email@example.com.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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