What started as an impossible dream for a small-town girl of modest means turned into a tale of discovery and accomplishment for Cyndi Giorgis, a first-generation college student who is now the new dean of UTEP’s College of Education.
Once again, UTEP was ranked by Washington Monthly magazine among the Top 10 of all U.S. research universities, and for the third consecutive year, UTEP was ranked #1 nationally for fostering student social mobility – enabling students from modest backgrounds to set and attain the highest educational and life aspirations.
How can you get young people interested in science and mathematics? What efforts are there to integrate the experiences of middle school students into the things they need to do and learn in school? How can action sports, like skateboarding and bicycle motocross BMX, be used to teach physics, algebra, data collection, and help students to grow in their engagement and motivation in science and mathematics?
On November 15, 2013 Dr. Ron Wagler, Assistant Professor of Science Education, was awarded the "2013 Most Valuable Person Award" by the El Paso Water Utilities TecH20 Water Resources Learning Center. Dr. Wagler was given this award for his arthropod and environmental education outreach to the El Paso community over the last three years. His efforts have included participation in summer camps for kids and his annual living arthropod event that draws over 230 people to learn about, view and hold living arthropods.
A pioneering UTEP-led study will investigate how collaborations between University STEM faculty and high school students could lead to more of them becoming science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors – and professionals.