The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation, and the world.
UTSA is acknowledged as one of the top degree-producing institutions for minorities in the United States. It has been recognized for its excellence in assuring that students from all backgrounds succeed. Currently, more than 70% of UTSA students come from groups underrepresented in higher education including those of Hispanic, African American, Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Native American descent.
UTSA graduate programs provide a fostering, supportive community atmosphere for minority students within a secure, collegial, productive environment. Students from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds have graduated from the DRS/CMB PhD program, and many have progressed directly into postdoctoral positions at very prestigious institutions or laboratory settings.
“UTSA is a minority-serving institution recognized as an elite Hispanic Serving Institution and as an urban-serving university in one of the nation’s most diverse cities. UTSA embraces creating opportunities for all its students to succeed through academics and research.”
– UTSA President Taylor Eighmy
Dedicated Minority-Serving Programs
As a minority-serving institution, significantly increasing the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds pursuing post-graduate degrees and conducting biomedical research represents a primary mission at UTSA. Dedicated minority-serving programs from the NIH support student pursuit of advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences at UTSA, including the RISE Program, which is designed to increase the number of underrepresented faculty, students, and investigators who are performing research in the biomedical sciences, and the MARC-U*STAR Pre-PhD Research Training Program, which is an Honors research training program that develops its trainees as exceptional applicants and trainees for doctoral (PhD) programs in the behavioral and biomedical sciences.
International Student Services
Although all students accepted into the DRS PhD program normally receive a standard stipend plus payment of their tuition and fees and reimbursement for health insurance costs, a variety of additional funding sources exist for either international students or U.S. citizens. The UTSA Office of International Student Services is available to assist with application, visa, and other matters.