Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2014

2085  The University of Texas at San Antonio  (23645)

Principal Investigator: Barea-Rodriguez, Edwin

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 1,156,846

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 3/1/00 <> 7/31/17

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: RISE  

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Center for Research and Training in the Sciences (CRTS)  

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: RISE Option III-UTSA MBRS-RISE Research Training Program

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Institutes of Health

Program Title: none
CFDA Linked: Biomedical Research and Research Training


Project Summary For over 30 years, the NIGMS MBRS programs have been active on the UTSA campus and have played a critical role in the development of undergraduate research infrastructure as well as the majority of UTSA undergraduates who have pursued a doctorate. Over this time, UTSA has matured, with dramatic increases in the number of research faculty, doctoral degree programs, and extramural funding and a goal of developing into a Tier 1 research institution. Since 2007 UTSA has graduated 287 doctoral students in majors that serve the biomedical and behavioral sciences, of whom 62 were UR; 19 of these had been supported by MBRS-RISE were RISE trainees. At the same time, 33 former RISE undergraduate and master's students entered doctoral program and 20 trainees from prior years received their doctorates. The present proposal features activities and goals that complement that directives of the UTSA Strategic Plan and associated initiatives, particularly Initiative #1: Enriching Educational Experiences to Enable Student Success, which encompasses the success of underrepresented undergraduate research trainees. The long-term goal of the UTSA RISE program continues to be the development of exceptional underrepresented researchers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. The goals of the proposed program are to increase the pipeline of students interested in biomedical research as a career, enhance existing training strategies and activities to promote student matriculation into more advanced stages of scientific training, and broaden program impact on the UTSA campus and community. We will achieve our objectives by pursuing three specific aims: Aim #1 - Enhance existing and implement new outreach and training activities to promote awareness of biomedical/behavioral research as a career and the development of pre-RISE, pre-PhD undergraduate populations; Aim #2 - Enhance existing and implement new activities to develop RISE undergraduate and PhD trainees, to promote their preparedness for the next stage of their research education; and Aim #3 - Develop activities that broaden access to research and promote student and faculty research skills on the UTSA campus. The rationale for the proposed interventions is that they will promote UTSA and NIGMS goals of increasing the number of URM students who pursue doctorates and launch into academic careers. Program Measurable Objectives include: 60% undergraduate matriculation, 90% doctoral trainee retention; 3 additional UR non-RISE trainees entering doctoral training annually; 80% PhD student grant submission and postdoctoral matriculation; and a 1% engagement of UG UTSA students in research by 2017.

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