Fellows

Past ADVANCE STEM Fellows

Teresa Feria

Theresa(Paty) Feria

Biology

Laura Grabowski

Laura Grabowski

Computer Science

Laura Seligman

Laura Seligman

Psychology

Past STEM Fellows

Sadiq Shah, Ph.D.

Hasina Huq

Electrical Engineering

Yvette Perez Espindola

Kristine Lowe

Biology

Past Chair Fellows

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Rajiv Nambiar

Manufacturing Engineering

Andras Balogh

Andras Balogh

Mathematics

Administrative Fellows 2015-16

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Dr. Aje-Ori Agbese

Communication

Dr. Aje-Ori Agbese is working with the Vice President for Student Success on developing a new student resiliency program at UTRGV, with the support from UT System. Dr. Agbese is leading the organization of resilience training for faculty in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center. Other components of the program include monthly collaborative meetings with faculty and a showcase focused on programming and curriculum to build student resilience.

Dr. Anahit Galstyan

Dr. Anahit Galstyan

Mathematics

Dr. Anahit Galstyan has been given hands-on experience at all stages to better understand proposal development, compliance issues and federal guidelines. She is also working on identifying how the services of the Office of Sponsored Projects can be further strengthened to increase the success rate of all UTRGV faculty. Graduates of this program could then mentor other faculty and may be asked to present at faculty development workshops.

Dr. Bin Wang

Dr. Bin Wang

Information Systems

Dr. Bin Wang is working with the Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Center for Online Learning and Teaching Technology, and the Center for Teaching Excellence to examine technologies used for multiple modalities of teaching including face-to-face, online, hybrid, videoconferencing, and flipped classroom. Based on feedback from faculty, students, and IT and by examining technologies used at other higher education institutions, she will identify future classroom technological needs at UTRGV and recommend pedagogical best practices as well as trainings needed for UTRGV faculty.

Administrative Fellows 2014-15

Dr. Iskra Nuñez

Dr. Iskra Nuñez

Mathematics

Office of Research

Dr. Nuñez assists the Office of Research in initiatives that are mutually beneficial in terms of meeting the needs of the office and also providing opportunities for professional growth. She is supporting the Interdisciplinary Thematic Scholarly Communities to continue to grow the existing five and also launch two new communities at UTB, and to encourage collaborations between the two campuses. She is also working to engage the Centers on campus to move to the next level of excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities.

Tulay Atesin

Dr. Tulay Atesin

Chemistry

Office of Undergraduate Research and Service Learning

Dr. Atesin is assisting with the activities to identify, promote, and assess supervised student research across campus. She will help coordinate the cohort of faculty developing undergraduate research strategies across the curriculum. Dr. Atesin will also assist with recruiting faculty and graduate students to review abstracts for the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference.

Jose Gutierrez

Dr. José Gutiérrez

Chemistry

Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs

Dr. Gutiérrez works with Outreach and Community Partnerships with the Community Engagement Liaison on a project to assess the impact of service learning and university engagement in the community. Measurable ways the university's faculty and students are impacting the community will facilitate policy decisions and better harness the university's engagement for maximum mutual benefit.

Administrative Fellows, 2013-14

Dorina Chipara

Dr. Dorina Chipara

Physics and Geology

Office of Undergraduate Research and Service Learning

Dr. Chipara assisted with the development of infrastructure to identify, promote, and assess supervised student research activities across campus. Among other initiatives, her responsibilities included collecting data on existing Undergraduate Research activities. She also assisted with coordinating the Fall 2013 Undergraduate Research Conference.

Teresa Feria

Dr. Teresa P. Feria

Biology

Office of Research

Dr. Feria assisted the Office of Research in initiatives that were mutually beneficial in terms of meeting the needs of the office and providing opportunities for her professional growth. In particular, she worked with the Vice Provost for Research in engaging the Centers on campus to move to the next level of excellence, such as through the new Thematic Scholarly Communities; she also contributed to new faculty training programs for developing competitive proposals in collaboration with the Offices of Sponsored Projects and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. She also had significant interaction with faculty members to engage them in research, scholarship and creative activities.

Javier Macossay

Dr. Javier Macossay

Chemistry

Office of the Vice President for University Advancement

Giving Culture, Present Giving Culture and Forecast of Future Giving”. This research helped identify proven methods that positively impact philanthropy in areas similar to the South Texas region, where philanthropy efforts for higher education tend to be non-traditional.

Marci Mcmahon

Dr. Marci Mcmahon

English

Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

Dr. McMahon’s primary responsibility was coordinating the Spring 2014 UTPA ADVANCE Symposium: ADVANCING Women in the Academic STEM fields through Dual Career Policies and Practices, which included participants from approximately 20 universities from around the country. Her work involved planning, communicating, and coordinating the logistics of this symposium. She also contributed to other programs and initiatives administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs.

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Dr. Liang Zeng

Physics and Geology

Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs

Dr. Zeng assisted the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs in the development and assessment of large scale K-12 STEM programs. She also worked with the quantification of current University programs that provided a premise for a 5-year longitudinal study.