ARLINGTON - The National Science Foundation has awarded The University
of Texas at 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
The College of
Science’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and the Office of
Graduate Studies jointly proposed the project and will manage the grant
Dean Phil Cohen, Joe Jackson, associate dean of the Graduate School; John
Wickham, chair and professor of the Earth & Environmental Sciences
Department; and John Holbrook, professor in the Earth and Environmental
Sciences Department are co-principal investigators for the grant.
Dean 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 University of Texas-Brownsville
and The University of Texas-Pan American.
Students who are
interested in applying for the program should contact Michael Saenz at
817-272-2315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a
comprehensive undergraduate and graduate research institution of nearly 33,000
students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.