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UT Tyler Receives Grant to Enhance STEM Research Program

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November 8, 2018

Media Contact: Beverley Golden
Senior Director of Media Relations
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that it received a grant from the National Science Foundation to extend and enhance the UT System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program on campus.

The $145,400 grant, titled the Louis Stokes STEM Pathways and Research Alliance: University of Texas LSAMP, will carry UT Tyler's LSAMP program through 2023, said Dr. Stephen Rainwater, UT Tyler LSAMP director.

Eight UT System academic institutions, as well as community college partners, are involved in the systemwide LSAMP program, which is supported by NSF. UT Tyler has been a part of the program for more than 25 years.

LSAMP provides undergraduate research experiences to students from underrepresented populations to encourage them to pursue graduate-level studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each student receives a fellowship stipend for participating. Faculty mentors receive funding for supplies and materials to support their students' research.

"Nearly 160 UT Tyler students have participated under the guidance of more than 45 faculty mentors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering,'' Rainwater said. "Many of these students have begun graduate work in their respective fields and several have completed or are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs.''

The university partners with Tyler Junior College in an annual LSAMP Summer Research Academy. UT Tyler and TJC students participate in research with UT Tyler faculty mentors.

Rainwater is the senior member on the UT System LSAMP Academic Leadership Council. Dr. Neil Gray, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Neil Ford, professor of biology, serve on the UT Tyler LSAMP advisory committee. Gigi Delk, UT Tyler adjunct senior lecturer and TJC faculty member, will serve as the TJC LSAMP director.

For more information about the UT Tyler LSAMP program, contact Rainwater, 903.566.7089 or srainwater@uttyler.edu.

A member of the prestigious UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler focuses on student success and innovative research in the more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered. With more than 10,000 students, UT Tyler has facilities in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston.

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