The University of Texas at Tyler announced that it has been awarded a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the community-college level.

UT Tyler will partner with UT Arlington and community colleges in North and East Texas to mentor STEM graduate students who are interested in joining community college faculty after graduation. The initiative is funded by a grant for nearly $80,000 from the NSF INCLUDES Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty.

“The University of Texas at Tyler welcomes the opportunity to participate in this new initiative, which will support diversity and professional development for STEM teaching careers while strengthening educational partnerships in our region,” said Dr. Stephen Rainwater, UT Tyler chair and associate professor of computer science and campus coordinator for the grant program.

The program is open to all UT Tyler STEM graduate students. Those from populations that are underrepresented in STEM will be particularly encouraged to participate.

Students will be mentored by both UT Tyler and Tyler Junior College faculty and will have opportunities for community college classroom observation, teaching and shadowing experiences. Stipends will be awarded to students and faculty mentors.

For more information about the program, contact Rainwater, 903-566-7089 or

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