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UTPA faculty report successes of its STEM initiative with STC
By Office of University Relations
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Posted: 05/02/2011
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Faculty members from The University of Texas-Pan American shared the results of the past two years of their hard work to engage more Hispanic students in science and related fields with President Robert S. Nelsen and fellow educators from UTPA and South Texas College Thursday, April 28.

UTPA and STC received a College Cost Reduction and Access Act grant from the U.S. Department of Education totaling $2.4 million over two years to encourage more Hispanic students to pursue careers in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and help them succeed in related courses.

The grant allowed the two institutions to form an Integrated STEM Pathways Support Initiative for the Rio South Texas Region, in which faculty members developed new ways to help students perform better in Calculus I classes, revamped curriculum and trained other educators on how to teach students math and science subjects more effectively.

Already, the institutions have seen some success. Feedback from students shows they benefit from having fellow students tutor them and having the opportunity to work on hands-on activities.

The institutions have received an extension of the grant that will last until October, and the initiative they formed has allowed them to secure more funding from the federal government totaling about $13 million.

Pictured center are Nelsen and Dr. Shirley Reed, STC President, along with faculty, administrators and staff members of both institutions.