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The UTPA Science Education Program funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's (HHMI) Pre-college and Undergraduate Science Education Grant program is a comprehensive effort to enhance the quality of science education at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA). The overarching goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented who pursue a graduate education in Science research subsequently increasing the number of highly educated underrepresented individuals in the scientific work force.

The program focuses on improving access to science and engineering careers for students throughout the Rio Grande Valley and on improving the undergraduate experience for science and engineering students at UTPA. The program utilizes a three pronged approach:

  • Undergraduate Research and Professional Development Training Program
  • Curriculum, Equipment and Laboratory Development to foster inquiry
  • Pre-College Outreach to foster interest in science and science careers

Undergraduate Research and Professional Development (URPD) Training Program

The Undergraduate Research and Professional Development (URPD) Training Program is an opportunity for students to take part in a major research project in the course of two and a half academic years under the guidance of a faculty member. Full-time science and engineering majors are eligible to apply. Applications for the URPD Training Program are available online. Selection for the training is made through a competitive process by a committee that reviews a student’s academic achievement, leadership potential, career ambition, letters of recommendation, and presentation during a personal interview.

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