College Initiatives

Digital21 pilot program

COS has launched the Digital21 initiative to begin Spring 2020. Digital21 is a three-year pilot program in classroom instruction which aims to use technology to maximize the success of our students, better prepare them for the jobs of the future, and create equal access to quality educational experience in all UTRGV campuses. Each instructor and student will be provided with a loaned iPad (at no cost to the student) and will meet via Zoom in their respective classrooms while the instructor teaches from his/her office and conducts lecture and active learning activities using the iPad and Zoom. The program will offer workshops and training for the participant faculty on combining these digital tools with active learning teaching. Application details can be found here

CoS BRIDGE to Research Success Initiative

The College of Sciences is launching a new initiative named Faculty Bridge to Research Success with the goal to increase grant application success among midcareer and senior faculty. We invite applications from tenured faculty who have kept a strong record of research publications, but for various reasons have not succeeded in attracting external funding in recent years.

The program will provide funds to support research-related activities that will help to increase the chances of a successful grant submission. Examples of activities can be short visits to other institutions to explore/start new collaborations, a trip to the DC to discuss your proposal ideas with a Program Director, attendance and/or presentation at a relevant conference in the discipline, among others. Faculty receiving the Bridge award are required to apply for a major research grant within a year of the award. Details on how to apply here.

COS CAREER pathway program

This past Fall, the College of Sciences launched a new faculty development opportunity with the aim to increase the number CAREER grant awards. The program includes the following steps:

  1. Fall 2019: Participation in grant writing/CAREER grant training workshops.
  2. February 15: submission of a CAREER proposal draft to the COS CAREER pathway committee to be subject to ad hoc (internal and/or external) reviews.
  3. March 30: the reviews will be shared with the PIs, to help them improve the final version of their proposal.
  4. Summer 2020: Each participant in the CAREER pathway program submits a final proposal to the corresponding federal CAREER program by the established deadline.

Six professors received the inaugural COS CAREER pathway grant this academic year. They are Drs. Fatehi, Plata, and Uddin from Chemistry; Drs. Gabler and Pereira from SEEMS, and Dr. Kariyat from Biology. Details on how to apply here.