Programs and Centers


Agroecology The Agroecology program at UTRGV combines student-centered research, education, and community engagement in various projects to address locally relevant issues that affect agroecosystems in South Texas, including in sustainable agriculture, community supported agriculture, urban forestry, and sustainable food systems.

Annual Research Conference

College of Sciences Annual Research Conference The Annual Science Symposium serves as a forum for dissemination of new scientific knowledge and discussion of scholarly ideas to foster interaction among students, faculty, and the local industry and community. The symposium invites poster and oral presentations of scholarly work from all disciplines. Sessions will be organized by discipline or by themes. All UTRGV undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, are welcome to attend.

Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy

Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy CARA currently runs three integrated research/education programs: the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC), the Low Frequency All Sky Monitor (LoFASM), and STARGATE. In addition, CARA's director is a founding member and current chair of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). These projects focus on student training and mentoring. Students are actively involved in high priority research efforts and contribute to scientific discoveries.

Center for Excellence in STEM Education

Center for Excellence in STEM Education The Center of Excellence in STEM Education builds a community of faculty who are leaders in Challenge-Based Instruction and student programs in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy

Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy was created by a grant from the University Research Centers program administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 2003.

Coastal Studies Laboratory

Coastal Studies Laboratory The Coastal Studies Laboratory located on South Padre Island was established in 1973, and is dedicated to providing educational opportunities, enhancing research, engaging in public service, and providing community outreach related to coastal and marine concerns in the Gulf of Mexico with special emphasis on the South Texas region.

Health Oriented Programs

ohpc-artboard-3-secondary-logo.png The Office of Health Professions Careers has partnered with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) School of Health Professions to offer a 4+3 Early Acceptance for Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. It allows UTRGV students pursuing a career in physical therapy to gain an early conditional acceptance into the DPT Program at UTHSCSA.

UTRGV High Scholars Program

High Scholars Program The College of Sciences at UTRGV has established an exciting new program to engage high school students from the Rio Grande Valley in research projects being conducted by the university faculty at UTRGV's Brownsville and Edinburg campuses. The goal of this 9-week summer research program is to promote student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in "real time" laboratory or field research projects.

Mathematics and Science Academy

Mathematics and Science Academy For high school students gifted in mathematics and science, UTRGV’s Mathematics and Science Academy (MSA) offers an exceptional academic path to foster that potential and deliver unparalleled learning opportunities. The MSA is an award-winning program in which Texas 11th and 12th grade high school students take classes from UTRGV faculty, alongside UTRGV students, and gain invaluable university experience with more heightened supervision and guidance than traditional UTRGV students.

The Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Giga-hertz Astrophysical Transient Emission (STARGATE)

The Spacecraft Tracking and Astronomical Research into Giga-hertz Astrophysical Transient Emission (STARGATE) The STARGATE facility will be a radio frequency technology park located adjacent to the SpaceX launch site command center. SpaceX will assemble and launch their signature advanced rockets and spacecraft, with launches every month at the Boca Chica Beach site. When not being used for launches, SpaceX facilities will be used by student and faculty researchers at STARGATE for training, scientific research and technology development.


IFSEEN The goal of the IFSEEN consortium is to create an educational program to address the NIFA areas (i.e. (a) Curricula Design and Materials Development, (e) Student Experiential Learning, and (f) Student Recruitment and Retention) through collaboration among four major HSIs in Texas and New Mexico.


UTeach UTeach – UTRGV is a four-year, teacher preparation program for science and math majors modeled after the nationally recognized UTeach program established at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. Four universities in 21 states and the District of Columbia are implementing UTeach programs that prepare STEM teachers for secondary classrooms, and UTeach also offers training for teachers who are already in the classroom.