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UT Tyler and AT&T Partner to Provide Scholarships to STEM Project

February 22, 2013

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Marketing and Communications
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The University of Texas at Tyler and AT&T have joined forces to support the university’s UTEACH Scholars program, announced UT Tyler President Rodney H. Mabry.

UTEACH Tyler is an innovative way to address the national shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers by providing undergraduate mathematics and science students with an opportunity to broaden their career options.

AT&T will contribute $20,000, which will be matched by UT Tyler, to provide scholarships for 80 students to participate in field-based courses of the STEM teacher preparation program.

STEM is science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. UT Tyler’s STEM initiative is managed by the Ingenuity Center.

“This partnership is certainly in line with UT Tyler’s mission, which is not only to expand the educational opportunities of our students by offering the very best academic programs but also to meet the needs of our area by producing qualified graduates who will serve the community well,” said President Mabry.

The UT Tyler and AT&T partnership is also in line with a major City of Tyler project and makes an investment in the East Texas community.

“I commend AT&T on their generous donation supporting STEM education,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. “Preparing our students for careers in the STEM fields will give Tyler a competitive advantage and is a major focus of our Industry Growth Initiative.”           

“We appreciate AT&T’s commitment to the future of our community and region. These scholarships will prepare students for the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow,” added Tom Mullins, president and CEO of the Tyler Economic Development Council and Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce.

The scholarships will enable math and/or science majors who are interested in adding a teaching certificate to their degree plan to actually experience the field of teaching. These students will spend five hours during a semester in a local middle or high school observing and teaching a math or science classroom.

“High-tech business needs highly technical employees. More and more, today’s business climate requires greater capabilities in math and the sciences than just a few years ago,” said Candice Gast, regional director AT&T. “At AT&T, we recognize these skills are more often required by our employees, and all businesses.  This is why we’re glad to partner with UT Tyler to help more people fully participate in the fast-paced global economy, today and in the future.”

The UT Tyler Ingenuity Center is part of the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative and serves to improve STEM education. The center oversees more than 30 different projects for students and teachers in the East Texas region to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics achievement among Texas students.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.