The UTSA Educational Research Training Program: P-20 Pipeline Issues was launched in September 2016 as part of an effort to broaden participation of undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds in graduate programs in education research. Through the UTSA Educational Research Training Program, we seek to develop a pipeline of talented interdisciplinary researchers who bring fresh ideas, approaches, and perspectives to addressing the issues and challenges of inequalities that exist in students’ educational experiences, transitions, and outcomes from preschool through graduate school. This training program provides students, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, with an introduction to education science research and scientific methods, meaningful opportunities to participate in education research studies, and professional development and mentoring that leads to doctoral study in the Educational Science across disciplines. Funding for this training program is provided by the Institute of Education Sciences’ Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training program.
The three-year UTSA Mellon Undergraduate Humanities Pathways Program contributes to enhancing diversity in the humanities broadly conceived by increasing the number of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds in doctoral humanities study. The UTSA Mellon Humanities Pathways Fellows project will connect the study of humanities to the current conditions of Latinos in the U.S. and beyond. Specifically, we propose a program that mentors and trains 36 students (12 each year for 3 years) from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue graduate studies and conduct research on the theme of Latinos in a Changing World. The program provides research experiences, an apprenticeship with a UTSA humanities faculty mentor, visits to Texas humanities Ph.D. programs, a three week professionalization workshop, and assistance in applying to humanities graduate programs.