The University of Texas-Pan American is doing its part to increase the number of minority students entering the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology through The University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.
"The UTPA program has always been one of the jewels of the LSAMP program because they produce top research students," Arenaz said.
The LSAMP goal is to increase student opportunities for those interested in pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) fields through new teaching methods, curriculum revisions, student stipend support, faculty mentoring and research participation.
"The important thing about this program is that it keeps students in school, engaged in their studies, and it makes them feel like they are really a part of this institution," Arenaz said.
The UTPA LSAMP currently has 15 students and is heading into its third phase of preparing students for doctoral studies, said Dr. Miguel Paredes, University LSAMP program director.
"We need to make sure we get more minorities in Ph.D. programs," Paredes said. "We need to continue to contribute to the pipeline of Ph. D. programs."
LSAMP consists of three phases: the retention of students who are STEM majors; mentoring and career development opportunities for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees; and a summer research academy. The academy provides research experience for juniors and seniors who show potential for graduate school and offers system-wide mentoring for students in the summer.
The program also offers students the chance to spend a summer at one of five UT System LSAMP institutions that offer doctoral degrees.
UTPA has been involved with LSAMP since 1993 and is one of nine academic components of the UT System, along with 11 regional community colleges engaged in this program.
For more information on the program, contact Paredes at 956/381-3634.