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Students Encouraged to Apply For Joint Undergraduate-Graduate Science Degree Program

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – Juniors majoring in biology, chemistry, engineering, environmental science or mathematics at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College can apply to have their senior year and graduate school paid for by a grant from the National Science Foundation. 

Students from The University of Texas at Brownsville participated in field work during a summer camp in New Mexico for the AUGMENTS Program overseen by the University of Texas at Arlington.
Students from The University of Texas at Brownsville participated in field work during a summer camp in New Mexico for the AUGMENTS Program overseen by the University of Texas at Arlington.

The University of Texas at Arlington is the lead institution on the $600,000 grant awarded in 2012.  

The north Texas institution is using the funding to create an 11-student cohort for the summer for the Advancing Undergraduates to Geo-Environmental Master’s Degrees, or AUGMENTS Program. UT-Arlington is recruiting students from the Brownsville university and The University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg to apply for admission. The grant provides up to $10,000 for each year for tuition.  

Last year, five students from the university made up the grant’s first cohort. 

“The field experience our UTB and TSC students gained this summer in New Mexico as well as the relationships that they formed with other AUGMENTS students and faculty from around Texas has positioned our students to be rising stars in their graduate studies,” said Dr. Jeff Wilson, an Assistant Dean in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology and Assistant Professor of Environmental Science in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences and the grant’s Co-Principal Investigator. “We look forward to our second cohort of students from UTB and TSC coming on board and to funding their senior year at UTB and their graduate education in Arlington.” 

Students have until Tuesday, March 5 to complete a program application. Applicants must have at least an overall 3.0 grade point average and at least a 3.25 grade point average in upper level mathematics or science courses. They must also meet Free Application for Federal Student Aid requirements. 

Accepted students will begin the program attending a summer research camp in Las Vegas, N.M. and El Rito, N.M. sponsored by UT-Arlington. Students will learn field investigation techniques and will study various earth and environmental science problems. 

Program students will then return to their home institutions to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Upon graduation the students will then attend UT-Arlington to work on their master’s degrees in environmental science or geology. 

For more information on applying for the program, contact Dr. Jeff Wilson at 956-882-6646 or jeff.wilson@utb.edu or Dr. Andrew Hunt, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the grant’s Principal Investigator at UT-Arlington at 817-272-0437 hunt@uta.edu. 

For more information on financial aid or relocating to Arlington contact Ashley R. Horn, Student Services Specialist in the Office of Graduate Studies at UT-Arlington at 817-272-5386 or ashleyh@uta.edu.

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