The ultimate goal of the BioEnergy And Water for Agriculture Research and Education (BE AWARE) Network is to increase the minority participation in pursuing advanced degrees in STEAM and attain a diverse USDA-ready highly trained and skillful workforce with a strong pragmatic, experimental, analytical and computational background as well as scientific literacy in BE AWARE.
A fellowship program is created to attract and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups enrolled at The University of Texas – San Antonio (UTSA), The University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) and the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez (UPRM) to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resources. In addition, our bridging arrangements with five Alamo Community Colleges will provide us with a pool of talented underserved 2-year community college students and facilitate that these students transition to a 4-year degree. Moreover, B.S. and M.S. students from UTPA and UPRM will be encouraged to pursue doctoral degrees at UTSA.
This project will provide students with summer internships and USDA Career Days to inform them of USDA-related careers in the public and private sectors.
See more at: http://www.utsa.edu/today/2015/11/minoritygrants.html