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       UTPA USDA Program

UTPA USDA-HSI Agricultural Biotechnology Grant Program 

The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Program provides student experiential learning for undergraduate and graduate underrepresented students. The main goal is to retain them in BS and MS programs, and channel them to Ph.D level studies.  With the Texas A&M University Kingsville-Citris Center (TAMUK-CC), the program are based in plant cell biology, molecular biology, remote sensing, and environmental biomonitoring as applied to agricultural research in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas.

Students will enter the laboratories and be given initial training in lab safety, basic laboratory techniques and in the operation of several common pieces of lab equipment. Subsequently the students will be assigned a specific research project to work on for the research component of their program participation. Program participants will be mentored by either the PI of the lab and/or senior undergraduate/graduate students in the lab.  As a complement to their laboratory studies, students will engage in several cohort activities designed to bond them together with a common program experience.

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      USDA-New HSI Regional Director for Texas

The University of Texas-Pan American has entered into a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to house one of three new USDA regional directors for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) nationwide on the UTPA campus. The new USDA HSI regional director for Texas will be Ruby De La Garza, a Rio Grande Valley native from Alamo who earned her bachelor’s degree in health from Texas A&M University-College Station and her MBA from UTPA in 2007Click here to learn more.