College of Sciences Director of STEM Initiatives
Aaron Cassill, Ph.D.
The Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics leverages established faculty and their expertise in microbial genetics, mycology, pathogenesis, and immunology at UTSA for genome based research on pathogenic microorganisms. The center is aimed at translation of this genomic information to practical solutions for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, as well as establishing training programs at different academic levels to meet the challenges of the "Post-Genomic Era" in research in microbiology and infectious diseases.
Expanding Your Horizons is an annual science conference targeting girls in the sixth through eighth grades to increase their interest in pursuing STEM careers. At the free conference, girls break into small groups for hands-on laboratory experiences and career advice presented by regional professional women in STEM.
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp is a two-week academic, residential camp for sixth, seventh and eighth graders that emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science skills. It introduces participants to college life and stimulates their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.
The ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair is an annual state science competition that provides an opportunity for discourse among like-minded, high-achieving middle and high school students across Texas. It fosters an interest in and an excitement about science and engineering while offering a rewarding competitive setting in which students can showcase their research projects and set the stage for the rest of their academic careers.
Facilitated Access to Scientific Training is a scholarship program that includes additional training to prepare students for careers in science. Students are recruited from the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program and must be economically disadvantaged and have shown an interest in pursuing careers in biology, chemistry, or physics.
Generating Education Excellence in Math and Science coordinates between UTSA’s College of Sciences and College of Education and Human Development to prepare science students to teach high school mathematics and science courses. Presently, UTSA is one of the greatest sources for STEM high school teachers in South Texas. UTSA is also a partner in the U.S. Department of Education's "Accelerated Teacher Education Program: Transition to Teaching" which aims to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers in math, science, and other subjects to high-need schools.
The International Center for Nanotechnology & Advanced Materials organizes workshops in nanotechnology and materials science, creates networks of researchers, and promotes the participation of industry in Texas and Mexico.
UTSA has agreements with universities in Mexico, Central and South America to offer additional STEM opportunities to our students. For example, UTSA and the National Autonomous University of Honduras have an agreement to cooperate in research about water resources and water supply problems.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate is a fellowship program that provides former LSAMP baccalaureate degree participants, or students from undergraduate institutions with an LSAMP program, with training and fellowships for the first two years of doctoral studies at UTSA or for two years of master's training.
Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research is a training program to help students enter doctoral programs and succeed in their doctoral studies. Students must be majoring in biology, chemistry, psychology, or biomedical engineering, or be mathematics, statistics, or computer science majors who have committed to pursuing biomedical research aspects of their fields now and in doctoral training.
Minority Biomedical Research Support - Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement is a student-oriented program that provides financial and professional development support for underrepresented undergraduate and doctoral students while they pursue training in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. It is the program's mission to assist students to develop as exceptional leaders and researchers and launch into successful careers in biomedical or behavioral sciences.
The Minority Biomedical Research Support - Support for Competitive Research program supports the development of biomedical and behavioral research capabilities for faculty from underrepresented minorities. The program also encourages students from MARC-U*STAR, MBRS-RISE, and other diversity programs to participate in research in the labs of MBRS-SCORE faculty.
The National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition provides institutions with an information assurance or computer security curriculum in a controlled, competitive environment to assess their student's depth of understanding and operational competency in managing the challenges inherent in protecting a corporate network infrastructure and business information systems.
Prefreshman Engineering Program is a rigorous engineering and mathematics college preparation summer course for middle and high school students. The program began in San Antonio and has been duplicated throughout the state, across the U.S., and in Puerto Rico. Ninety-nine percent of PREP’s students go on to college.
The Research Centers in Minority Institutions program is designed to enhance the research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving universities which offer doctorates in health sciences. The program has contributed significantly to UTSA’s expansion of research capabilities through the creation of advanced research core facilities that are available to all UTSA researchers, the recruitment of outstanding biomedical faculty members, and support for faculty development research projects.
The San Antonio Mathematics Collaborative is a training and retention program for high school mathematics teachers.
The San Antonio Math Science Education Coalition implements and influences city-wide efforts to recruit, certify, and retain science and mathematics teachers for San Antonio schools. Its focus is to unify math support and promote a stronger foundation of math skills in the community.
The Sloan Program for Exceptional Mentoring promotes diversity in the U.S. Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of underrepresented doctoral students in Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Neurobiology, and Physics. It includes activities designed to assist with the transition into doctoral training and to expose doctoral trainees to additional professional development activities and career path information.
Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology is a fellowship program for underrepresented minority students who are interested in a career in conservation and natural resources. The program offers funding, field and laboratory research, workshops in study skills, technical writing, and leadership interaction with role models. It also provides summer funding for undergraduates and year-round support for master's and doctoral students.
The United States Forest Service program currently supports eight master's student forestry research and training projects.