Student Highlights

Suzanne El-Haj as a Biological Science Technician August 26, 2021

Throughout my education I've been very involved and a well-rounded student. To me it's important to gain knowledge and have self-growth. All my accomplishments through school sparked my interest in environmentalism as a whole from food security and sustainability, to environmental awareness and conservation. During my first semester in college, I was introduced to the Agroecology program in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at UTRGV. Agroecology is the deep understanding of the ecological implications of the ways we produce our food, fuel, and fiber, which are required to effectively manage these systems in ways that are more environmentally sustainable. Read more


3 COS Students Amongst HSI Battle of the Brains National Champions October 26, 2020

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What if some UTRGV students told you that you could be in class virtually using a phone app? Well, a group of UTRGV students presented that very idea at the inaugural 2020 HSI Battle of the Brains – and they walked away national champions. Read more


UTRGV physics Undergraduate Takes Best Poster Award February 26, 2020

physics Undergraduate Takes Best Poster Award

UTRGV physics undergraduate student Brina Martinez took the “Best Poster” award at the 2020 regional Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP), hosted at Texas A&M University, College Station. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the conference, held January 17-19, focuses on helping undergraduate women in physics through experience, resources and information during three-day regional physics conferences held across the country. Read More


Victoria Barrios, UTRGV Profiles in Excellence February 19, 2020

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Victoria Barrios, a science major, plans to continue her education with the goal of creating a career within the medical field. Read More


Regional Science and Engineering Fair Grand Champion February 15, 2020

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Elaijah Islam (MSA High School Research Assistant), working under the supervision of Dr. M. J. Uddin at the Phototonics and Energy Research laboratory in UTRGV, received first place in the energy science section and was over all Grand Champion at the RGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair Texas (Brownsville, Feb 15 2020) and will be competing at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, CA in May 2020. The RGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair authority invited all high schools and middle schools in the region to compete at this regional Fair. The presenters were divided in many different section based on level and research topic.


Joshua Mathew, Archer Center Fellow January 23, 2020

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Joshua Matthew started as one of our MSA students at UTRGV. He applied and was accepted in Dr. Teresa Feria's AFRI USDA to conduct research on the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP), a vector of the Huanglongbing (HLB) disease that is currently affecting the citrus industry in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In addition to participating in community engagement activities such as HESTEC, he's also presented his research findings at several scientific conferences. After applying to the USA Science in Action program and being accepted, he traveled to San Francisco in summer 2018. He is now spending a semeseter at Washington, D.C after applying and being accepted into the Archer Fellowship Program


McAllen ISD College Immersion Project November 20, 2019

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Students had the opportunity to meet the Dean of College of Sciences, Dr. Vivian Incera, and the Dean of Engineering and Computer Sciences, Dr. Ala Qubbaj. The purpose was to give the students a "first day of college" experience. They were given two sessions to attend to in which they learned about some of the majors here at UTRGV. Students attended sessions which were given by three College of Sciences professors, Dr. Teresa Feria, Dr. Rupesh Kariyat and Dr. Cristina Villalobos. To end the day, there was a panel of community members from Wonderful Citrus to talk to us about the importance of going to college.