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UTEP Receives $987,000 Grant to Help Engineering Students Earn Doctoral Degrees


Ben Flores, Ph.D.
Ben Flores, Ph.D.
 
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded The University of Texas at El Paso a grant of $987,000 to assist minority students in obtaining graduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, often referred to as STEM.

UTEP’s College of Engineering is a national leader in graduating Hispanic engineers with real-world experience and a solid academic foundation.The grant will support 12 students in the Bridge to the Doctorate cohort, a program under the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in which UTEP and the other UT System universities participate. The selected students each will receive a $30,000 stipend per year for two years, plus funding to help cover tuition and related cost-of-education expenses at The University of Texas at Arlington, this year’s host site.

The Bridge to the Doctorate Program offers generous financial stipends to talented U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the STEM areas. The program targets Hispanic, African-American and Native American student populations, which are largely underrepresented in these fields.

UTEP hosted the 2009 program and will be hosting again in 2011. Since 2002, the cohort has provided 24 Miners who had recently completed their undergraduate studies with the financial support needed to earn their graduate degrees.

Benjamin Flores, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate dean of the UTEP Graduate School, wants undergraduates to feel that they have choices in selecting a school to pursue their Ph.D.’s.

“This program gives our students more options in terms of research,” he said.

As the grant’s principal investigator, Flores and the program directors from other universities select the participants. Details for student applications and deadlines will be determined later this summer.

Originally posted on News @ UTEP.