Friday, December 28, 2018

By Maria Elena Hernandez


RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS –  UTRGV has had an outstanding 2018, highlighted by exciting accomplishments, new programs and distinguished awards. 

  • Among the top accomplishments are the UTRGV Chess Team’s state and national victories: The state win moved them into the Final Four of College Chess, from which they emerged as National Chess Champions.
  • In the spring, the UTRGV School of Medicine opened its first student-run clinic in Peñitas, provides free medical care to some of the most medically underserved communities in the Rio Grande Valley.
  • The UTRGV Robotics team ranked first among all Texas university teams during the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region Five Robotics Competition in Austin.
  • And at the beginning of the summer, a new program for obtaining a PhD in clinical psychology was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • Also in 2018, The UTRGV School of Medicine welcomed the incoming Class of 2022.
  • UTRGV was ranked the fourth best college in Texas by and was awarded the Best Practices/Institutional Impact Award by the National Behavior Intervention Team Association, to encourage students to look out for their peers. 

The hard work and determination of UTRGV’s students, staff and faculty continue to garner success and growth as we head into 2019. Following are links to some of the important, crow-worthy, or just plain fun UTRGV stories of 2018. 


UTRGV chess team's expert moves lead to Final Four

South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute awarded $2.36M NIH grant: UTRGV researcher will study link between lipids and cardiovascular disease

UTRGV weathers icy blast, freezing temperatures



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

Three UTRGV School of Medicine leaders to join UT System’s Shine Academy of Health Science Education

Two UTRGV professors take a tour around the map to explain the history of chocolate



FESTIBA: Big Read keynote Alejandro Zambra discusses culturally charged literature

UTRGV Strikes Gold: University earns high honors on national sustainability assessment

UTRGV announces three new key leadership positions



NEW NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!: The UTRGV Chess Team defeats five-time champs Webster in 2018 President’s Cup

UTRGV Robotics team ranked first in Texas at annual Region 5 IEEE competition: Places fourth among high-profile Region Five universities

Shining Bright: H-E-B UTRGV Planetarium celebrates 55 years of educational star-gazing

UTRGV earns fourth designation as a Tree Campus USA by Arbor Day Foundation



UTRGV Physics Department remembers, honors Dr. Cristina Torres

STDOI receives $3.6 million from NIH for fatty liver research

Sixteen UTRGV students awarded Gilman Scholarships for study abroad



U.S. Chess Federation names UTRGV ‘Chess College of the Year’ for 2018

UTRGV UREC listed in Top 50 Best Campus Recreation Centers by College Consensus

Rabbi Kogan named director, UTRGV School of Medicine Institute for Bioethics and Social Justice



UTRGV program ranked third in nation for its online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction with focus on Educational Technology

National Science Foundation awards grant to UTRGV’s Department of Computer Science

UTRGV gains new interdisciplinary major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems



UTRGV School of Medicine and UTHealth Houston School of Public Health to offer dual degree programs

New UTRGV online degree program in Addiction Studies launches this fall

UTRGV now certified as a Bee Campus USA affiliate

Online college guide ranks UTRGV seventh among U.S. southern colleges in ‘Best Bang for the Buck’ category



UTRGV student musician places first in competition at Texas Music Festival

UTRGV alumna lands engineering job at the ‘Most Magical Place on Earth’

UTRGV mechanical engineering Professor Karen Lozano named one of the 2018 ‘Mexicanos Distinguidos’

UTRGV legacy alum’s film career led him to ‘Westworld’



‘Go after your dream’: Kate the Chemist headlines HESTEC 2018 Latina Day at UTRGV

UTRGV notes growth in its number of dual enrollment high school students

UTRGV School of Medicine Research Symposium addresses disparities in healthcare

UTRGV’s Animal Therapy Club helps provide fuzzy stress relief for students



Veterans join forces with UTRGV Theatre Department

UTRGV junior elected Texas Civic Ambassador for 2018-2019

Vaqueros Men’s Soccer Club earns bid to national tournament



UTRGV Chief of Police named Chief of the Year by UT System

UTRGV student Brandon Ramirez’s journey proves education transcends borders

Santa’s Logistical Nightmare: How does the jolly old fellow REALLY move all that product so quickly?


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.