April 29th, 2020

COVID-19 Explained and What You Should Know

Given the recent outbreak of the virus COVID-19 and the decision for multiple governemnets across the globe to issue a quarantine lock down. It's importnat to stay well informed of the symptoms and causes of the Coronavirus. Content creator, Kurzgesagt, offers an insightful video over everything we should know about the disease at hand as well as ways to prevent it and symptopms we should watch out for.

In order to be up to date on the global crisis make sure to visit the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) website, they offer daily updates on the status of the virus as well as general public health information

January 24th, 2020

CSTEM Presents: External Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

CSTEM's technical staff, Reymundo Gonzalez, presented the benefits of obtaining a summer research internship. He discussed the application process, common requirements, and portals that students could use to browse multiple research opportunities within their area of interest. Furthermore, he shared his own experience as an applicant and as a receipeint of his summer internship. Undergraduate research programs, internships, and more can be found at the CSTEM Student Resources

Make sure to follow UTRGV Research, they promote, encourage, and provide assistance for research and scholarship and creative activities in all disciplines.

September 18, 2019

UTRGV at the Richard Tapia Conference


On September 19th, 2019 Dr. Cristina Villalobos accepted the Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for her significant contributions in the areas of scientific scholarship, civic science, and diversifying computing. She traveled to San Diego, California along with her colleague Dr. Joseph Sifuentes and three UTRGV students. Her students were able to attend various panels and presentations hosted by companies such as Google, IBM, and Microsoft. At the conference students were also introduced to a showfloor filled with recruiters from companies such as GitHub, LinkedIn, Cisco, Uber, etc. Undergraduate research programs, internships, and more can be found at the CSTEM Student Resources

Read more about the Richard Tapia Conference

July 2, 2019

Dr. Cristina Villalobos Awarded Richard A. Tapia Award


CMD-IT, Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in Information Technology, June 2019's newsletter was devoted to the recipient of The 2019 Richard A. Tapia Achievement Award for Scientific Scholarship, Civic Science, and Diversifying Computing: Dr. Cristina Villalobos at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The Richard A. Tapia Award is given annually to an individual who is a distinguished computational or computer scientist or computer engineer and who is making significant contributions to civic areas such as teaching, mentoring, advising, and building and serving communities. The individual is also one who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of groups who are underrepresented in the sciences.

Read more about Dr. Villalobos on CMD-IT-News

February 12, 2019

Mobile Laboratory KVEO Interview

Meet our Mobile Lab Coordinator, Miguel Mendoza! The C-STEM Mobile Lab Bus is dedicated to visiting K-12 schools and providing access to hands on science-related material. On February 12, 2019, the C-STEM Mobile Laboratory had the pleasure of being interviewed by the RGV's leading news channel, KVEO. Miguel Mendoza, as well as the entire C-STEM department, gives a gracious "Thank You" to everyone at KVEO!

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Transcript of Mobile Laboratory KVEO Interview

Reporter: The University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley's Mobile Laboratory is providing over 500 middle school students across the Valley an educational experience in science, technology, engineering and math, all while encouraging students to join STEM field careers. UTRGV is also teaching students at Jaime Escalante Middle School in Pharr, how to test their own DNA.

Miguel Mendoza: Today we extracted DNA from the cheek. So pretty much what they did is they bite their cheeks to breakdown the cells that are in their mouth, spit into the cup, and then they extract, with the salts and the alcohol and at the end, they get that little cloudy type DNA that they'll be able to take home with them.

Reporter: Pretty cool! Students say they understand in context on their science book better after this hands on experience.

February 9, 2019

C-STEM Participates in the RGV STEM Education Consortium

RGV STEM Education Consortium C-STEM Participation

RGV STEM Education Consortium C-STEM Participation Activity

The RGV STEM Consortium is a program designed to help P-16 students garner interest in a variety of STEM-related fields. The program was created by Dr. Chapman, a UTRGV Assistant Professor, whose goal is to prepare students academically, socially, and psychologically for their pursuit of higher education in STEM fields. On Saturday, February 9, two of C-STEM's very own technical staff volunteered their time to host an educational seminar for students attending the conference. The C-STEM seminar consisted of a science-related presentation, intended to spark interest in science education, as well as a collaborative, hands-on activity in which the students could experience first-hand what STEM fields have to offer. Many thanks go out to Dr. Champan as well as the entire planning committee for giving The Center of Excellence in STEM Education the opportunity to participate in this great event!

Read more about The RGV Education Consortium and how to enroll your students.