Congressman Rubén Hinojosa Announces Grant of Nearly $600 Thousand for UTPA STEM Majors

Apr 16, 2012 Issues: Education


Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced a grant of $599,980.00 was awarded to the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a project called, "Enhancing the Recruitment, Retention, Training, and Development of Predominantly Hispanic Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Majors in the Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics).

 "This is a great boost to our continued efforts in opening STEM field education to our students in Deep South Texas," said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. "I believe that this is the way of the future and that our children and our communities will benefit from the expertise the students will acquire through higher education. I commend UTPA for its unflagging and outstanding education curriculum."

 The project being funded is focused on three main objectives. They are to recruit high school students to pursue one of the following S-STEM fields at UTPA; a B.S. in Chemistry, a B.S. in Physical Science or a B.S. in Physics.  The program is also geared to promote STEM field careers among high school students and to provide quality training, development , education and student support services to S-STEM scholars to enable them to persist in their STEM field and finish their degree in a timely manner.  The program will also provide a Mentor Training Program of the College Reading and Learning Association.