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Annual UTRGV HESTEC celebration marks 17th year

Annual UTRGV HESTEC celebration marks 17th year

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – SEPT. 20, 2018 –The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley is preparing for the Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) Week. Now in its 17th year, this award-winning program is organized by the UTRGV Office of Community Relations and promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields to students and people of all ages.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, thousands of elementary, middle and high school students, educators and parents will converge at the UTRGV campuses to hear from nationally renowned speakers, participate in interactive educational exhibits, and compete in dynamic robotics competitions. Read the full release.

Bill Wilson and Veronica Gonzales-Villarreal the new McAllen Chamber's Man & Woman of the Year 2018

NSF awards UTRGV College of Sciences grant for STEM-HSI project

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 18, 2018 – Every year, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce nomination committee selects two outstanding citizens of the community to receive the honor of McAllen’s Man & Woman of the Year.

This past week, the McAllen Chamber of Commerce announced Bill Wilson and Veronica Gonzales-Villarreal as the 2018 Man & Woman of the Year.Read the full release.

NSF awards UTRGV College of Sciences grant for STEM-HSI project

NSF awards UTRGV College of Sciences grant for STEM-HSI project

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – SEPT. 12, 2018 – UTRGV'S College of Sciences was recently awarded a grant for its project, "Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM Through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Community Engagement," from the National Science Foundation.

The NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program award to UTRGV was one of 31 issued to other Hispanic-serving institutions that proposed research focusing on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.Read the full release.

UTRGV student to co-lead Girlstart Summer Camp in Valley and North Texas

UTRGV student to co-lead Girlstart Summer Camp in Valley and North Texas

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 7, 2018 – This summer, UTRGV biology major Gabriela Rodriguez will be inspiring young girls to transform the world through STEM. While her fellow classmates will be at the beach or on vacation, Rodriguez will conduct a STEM camp with Girlstart, an organization that focuses on increasing girls’ interest and engagement in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Read the full release.

UTRGV hosts 32 middle, high school teams for first GreenPowerUSA South Texas electric car competition

UTRGV hosts 31 middle, high school teams for first GreenPowerUSA South Texas electric car competition

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – APRIL 9, 2018 – UTRGV hosted the first HESTEC GreenPowerUSA South Texas Electric Car Competition, held at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport on April 6-7.

Thirty one teams representing middle school, high school and colleges from across South Texas competed in the competition, which delivered the excitement of motorsport to inspire students to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) studies.

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More than 150 students win awards at 58th annual RGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair

More than 150 students win awards at 58th annual RGV Regional Science and Engineering Fair

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEB. 8, 2018 – More than 700 middle and high school students from across South Texas participated in the 58th annual Rio Grande Valley Regional Science and Engineering Fair, hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley on Sat. Feb. 3.

Students competed in 17 science-related fields of study. The top three winners from each category, both senior and junior divisions, now advance to the Texas State Science and Engineering Fair in San Antonio in March.

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Author urges students to pursue their dreams

Author urges students to pursue their dreams

An award-winning Latina children's author shared her passion for writing with students in the age group she writes for Wednesday morning at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center.

Some 200 students in the GEAR UP program in Brownsville schools attended a keynote address by Angela Cervantes that turned into a hands-on workshop about her newest book, "Me, Frida and the secret of the Peacock Ring."

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Big Read keynote Alejandro Zambra discusses culturally charged literature

Big Read keynote Alejandro Zambra discusses culturally charged literature

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 1, 2018 – For Chilean author Alejandro Zambra, there are multiple ways to get home. The feeling of “home” is up to the interpreter – the reader.

“Literature gives you the possibility of talking about many different things at the same time,” Zambra said. “That idea of facing the past – it’s not that you will solve it by writing a book. A book is about what happens when you try to write a book.”

Zambra’s latest book, Ways of Going Home, is a self-reflexive vehicle about dealing with the past, exploring heritage and the idea of belonging.

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Corpus Christi teams win big at Regional Science Bowl at UTRGV

Corpus Christi teams win big at Regional Science Bowl at UTRGV

EDINBURG, TEXAS – MARCH 1, 2018 – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hosted more than 200 middle and high school students at the U.S. Department of Energy Regional Science Bowl, held Feb. 17 on the Edinburg Campus.

Students representing 24 middle and high schools from across South Texas took part in the fast-paced question-and-answer tournament designed to test their knowledge of biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy and math.

The top winners in each division now advance to the National Science Bowl, to be held April 26-30 in Washington, D.C.

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Mr. Amigo Pedro Fernandez wows Charreada audience with warmth, charm

Mr. Amigo Pedro Fernandez wows Charreada audience with warmth, charm

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – FEB. 22, 2018 – Mr. Amigo 2017 Pedro Fernández was greeted with enthusiasm and fanfare Thursday in Brownsville, during a Charreada celebration co-hosted by The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas Southmost College.

The two higher-education institutions presented the event at the TSC Performing Arts Center, where hundreds of people gathered to welcome Fernandez for the 81st Charro Days celebration.

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Area middle school students advance to MathCounts state competition

Area middle school students advance to MathCounts state competition

EDINBURG, TEXAS – FEB. 15, 2018 – More than 100 middle school students from across the Rio Grande Valley competed Friday Feb. 9, in MathCounts at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Edinburg Campus.

Designed to excite and challenge middle school students, the MathCounts program offers four levels of competition featuring both a rigorous written competition and a fast-paced oral competition. This national program provides students the opportunity to compete in live, in-person contests against and alongside their peers.

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