MAVERICK SCIENCE
  The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science Fall 2011  

Graduate studies in environmental and earth science

NSF grant to fund scholarships for 22 students

     The National Science Foundation awarded UT Arlington a five-year, $600,000 grant to encourage undergraduates to earn a degree in science or engineering, complete a master's degree in Earth and Environmental Science and enter the workforce or pursue doctoral study.
     The project will provide scholarships to academically talented undergraduates who are economically disadvantaged and who would like to earn a master's degree in geology or environmental and earth science. The grant is designed to help 22 students cover tuition and fees their senior year and for two years of graduate study.
     "Our goal is to encourage more students to pursue graduate study and a career in the geosciences," said Andrew Hunt, assistant professor in earth and environmental sciences and principal investigator for the grant. "We hope some of these students also will go on to earn a Ph.D. in our Earth and Environmental Science doctoral program."
     The College of Science's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Office of Graduate Studies jointly proposed the project and are managing the grant together.
     Co-principal investigators for the grant are Phil Cohen, dean of the Graduate School; Joe Jackson, associate dean of the Graduate School; John Wickham, chair and professor of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department; and Jeff Wilson, professor in the Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Department at UT Brownsville.
     Cohen said the scholarships would be both need- and merit-based.
     "We'll be using the grant to prepare talented students in their undergraduate years and provide them with the resources to succeed in graduate school," Cohen said. "Many of these students will be the first members of their families to attend college."
     UT Arlington plans to draw participants from the University's undergraduate ranks and from the UT Brownsville and UT Pan American.
     Students who are interested in applying for the program should contact Michael Saenz at 817-272-2315 or saenz@uta.edu.