The goal of the Promoting Postbaccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) program is to attract Hispanic students to UTB's mathematics and computer science graduate programs and provide these students with the support they need to complete their degrees. This support includes course options (to help working students fit their studies around their work), paid internships and assistantships, and more.
Course Development: The Course Development activity focuses on both creating
online materials for existing courses and creating new courses in emerging
areas in Computer Science and Mathematics. In doing so, student retention and
graduation will increase as well as make our students more employable.
Faculty Mentored Research: Students engaging in faculty mentored research is still an effective way to motivate students through graduation. In the Faculty Mentored Research activity students will be paired with a faculty member to be mentored through a research project during traditional one on one meetings. In addition to those meetings, students will also be a part of a research team of graduate and undergraduate students in which they will take turns leading the team. In order to demonstrate and enhance progress, research statements are perfected throughout and students attend faculty-presented workshops to assist with the writing and other technical aspects.
High School Outreach: Knowledge
dissemination is arguably part of any research program. By enhancing this part
of our research program we can in turn enhance our graduate program.
Traditionally graduate students present among their faculty and peers, however,
to make a connection between younger generations and graduate education, as
well as positively impacting the local community, the high school outreach
activity has graduate students presenting their ongoing work to local high
Internship Program: Students in the Rio Grande Valley have very limited
opportunities for internships in the IT field. Unlike other economically
developed regions, this region does not have many high tech companies. The
internship activity will seek to create opportunities for students in existing
companies that have IT as a critical division. The internship program is to
enable students to get first hand experience and to be more employable upon
graduation. More employment opportunities will further encourage students to
pursue a Master’s in Computer Science.
Invited Speaker Series: Successful minority
students are the best people to inspire the participating students
of our project to pursue and retain in the advanced
of CS and math as they share
the common background of being minority in STEM fields. In this project, we will
invite successful minority role
models, most of whom will have obtained Ph.D. degrees (or will
soon) to come to the UTB campus and
have dialogue with our minority students.
Evaluators and other interested parties -- browse program details