Thursday, February 14, 2019
  Around Campus, Research

By Amanda Taylor

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – From presentations on research involving sea turtle tumors, to transcending language boundaries, UTRGV Transforming Our World Strategic Initiatives Symposiums on both campuses showcased 10 projects spanning several disciplines of study.

The symposiums were held at both campuses – one in the PlainsCapital Bank El Gran Salón on the Brownsville Campus on Feb. 12, and the other in the Ballroom on the Edinburg Campus on Feb. 13.

Students, staff, faculty and research partners were invited to attend to get the latest information on the projects that are being funded and researched by UTRGV. The projects are a collaboration of the work from every college within the university.

Dr Mark Kaswan, one of the organizers, said that, more than anything, the event demonstrated the university’s strengths.

“Those who attended the entire symposium were treated to a fantastic display of just how dynamic and engaged UTRGV is,” he said. “From theater, to turtle conservation, to public opinion on local and national issues, to the ecosystem, disaster preparedness and more, the presentations showed the ways faculty and students are thinking creatively and working on issues that strengthen and transform the Valley and highlight its vibrant culture and diverse assets.”

For more information on the Transforming Our World Strategic Initiatives and the current projects involved, visit the following websites: or


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.