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New scholarship available at UTRGV to earn a five-year combined BS/MS in math


A new scholarship will be available for UTRGV students to obtain a five-year combined BS/MS in
mathematics. Pictured describing his math research to other students is UTPA alumnus Samuel Cavazos,
who just completed his second year in a doctoral program at Northwestern University. An early introduction
to research will be a key part of the new scholarship program at UTRGV.

EDINBURG, TEXAS - June 12, 2015 - A new scholarship program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will offer 22 students in South Texas the opportunity to receive financial support and extensive faculty mentoring while obtaining a combined bachelor's and master's degree in mathematics in five years from UTRGV.

The program – Pathways to Graduate School and Professional Careers in the Mathematical Sciences – is funded by a $636,071 grant from the National Science Foundation to The University of Texas-Pan American Department of Mathematics, which will transition to the UTRGV Department of Mathematics in September 2015. 

The program will prepare students for careers in mathematics, statistics and related fields through a close support network, early involvement in research and an emphasis on graduate degree attainment.

The program aims to increase the number of research-trained scholars ready to enter a workforce that is increasingly reliant on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) expertise. The academic support and infrastructure developed for the program will create a permanent South Texas bridge to graduate school and professional careers in the mathematical sciences, said Dr. Timothy Huber, mathematics graduate program director at UTRGV and the grant’s principal investigator.

“This program is more than just a scholarship,” Huber said. “Besides financial support, students will  benefit from one-on-one mentoring, early-on and sustained exposure to research and career support, to be fully prepared to enter STEM careers or doctoral programs in mathematics, statistics or other STEM-related jobs.”  

To be considered, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Demonstrate financial need;
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • Have taken AP Calculus (preferred) or College Calculus - Summer I 2015; and
  • Be an incoming freshman at UTRGV starting fall 2015.

Non-freshmen students who are transferring from a community college to get a degree in mathematics, and students who are changing majors, also will be considered. Students may co-major in other disciplines such as engineering, biology, physics, chemistry and computer science.

You can apply for the scholarship at The scholarship application deadline is July 17.

For more information, contact Huber at (956) 665-2173, (956) 665-3451, or

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Media Contacts:

Marci Caltabiano Ponce, UTRGV Director of News and Internal Communications

Jennifer McGehee-Valdez, UTRGV Director of Public Relations

Letty Fernandez, UTRGV Director of Media Relations