(Sept. 22, 2017) -- Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) announced The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement (McNair) Program managed by The Institute for P-20 Initiatives has been awarded a $232,265 grant. The McNair Scholars Program is one of eight federally funded TRiO programs preparing historically underrepresented, first-generation and low-income undergraduate students for doctoral studies.
UTSA’s McNair Scholars Program serves 25 students annually and fosters academic and professional development by providing a paid 10-week summer research internship guided by faculty mentors. Through the program, students receive financial support to present their research at national academic conferences.
Ariana Moncada, a McNair Scholar majoring in mathematics, joined the program in Spring 2017 and has a newfound knowledge of the research process.
“McNair demystified the research process and helped me realize that someone like me can conduct and contribute to existing research on solar energy,” said Moncada. “This program has exposed me to numerous academic and professional opportunities.”
Joseph Galloway II, a McNair Scholar majoring in mechanical engineering, said he is grateful for the hard work of McNair supporters across the nation to make sure this program continues.
“I’m excited to learn more from this program, from my peers, and from my faculty mentor,” said Galloway II.
Named in honor of Ronald E. McNair, a physicist Ph.D. and NASA astronaut who perished in the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger, the McNair program grants funds to institutions of higher education committed to helping disadvantaged college students with effective preparation for doctoral studies through research, scholarly activities and academic counseling.
“Amidst a changing economic and socio-political landscape, educational access continues to be a challenge in this country. This grant means that the UTSA McNair Scholars Program can continue to address educational access by providing programming and advising to help first-gen, low-income students maximize their undergraduate education and prepare for the rigors of graduate studies,” said Sonia Ivette Valencia, McNair Scholars Program manager.
UTSA is recognized as one of the top five young universities in the nation by Times Higher Education.
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.Durango Building La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus
Author Annette Angela Portillo will read her book, which examines Native American women’s autobiographical discourses and multiple-voiced life stories that resist generic conventional notions of first-person narrative.McKinney Humanities Building (MH 3.02.24), Main Campus
Chelsea Wentworth, anthropology professor at High Point University, will discuss women’s roles in changing customary feasting patterns so that feasts can serve as a coping mechanism for children’s food insecurity in urban areas the South Pacific Island nation, Vanuatu.H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to come together and volunteer at various San Antonio nonprofits.Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus