Monday, March 5, 2018
  Alumni, Announcements

By Marci Caltabiano-Ponce

 PHOTO GALLERY by David Pike
Password: geology (case sensitive)

EDINBURG, TEXAS – The UTRGV Geology Club recently invited the public to visit the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and Birding Center to learn about rocks, minerals, land formations and geoscience in general. University faculty and students were on hand to guide visitors through a number of stations set up by the university to teach and entertain. Here, UTRGV geosciences major Brandi Reger works with area children to help identify items in their own rock collections, or to use hers, to try out the X-ray Fluorescence spectrometer, a research tool that determines the elements of a rock sample.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.