Science & Scientists
For Today and For the Future
It has been said that every great city has a great educational institution that grounds it and trains its students. UTSA proudly assumes that role for the City of San Antonio, and the College of Sciences is a pivotal part of the university’s engagement with and contributions to the city, state, nation and beyond.
Never is that commitment more important than in times of great crises, and for the past year our students and faculty have been challenged in ways they could never have anticipated. First, a global pandemic and most recently unprecedented weather conditions have caused enormous disruptions of both the learning and research environments in the College.
So what did our community of talented students and world-class researchers do? They embraced the changes and challenges and jumped in headfirst to see how they could help. For example, some research was quickly pivoted to aid in the discovery and development of new therapies for COVID-19, while other research teams began looking at the neurological impacts of this devastating virus.
Whether it is the need for efficient and accurate data analytics to help guide the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, concern for water quality and other environmental issues during the “Storm of the Century” that hit Texas in February, or how to make profound changes to the way teaching and learning are conducted during a pandemic, our College of Sciences family has been at the forefront of finding solutions.
Now, we are asking for you to join us in ensuring that we can continue to meet such challenges quickly and nimbly by giving today to the College of Sciences Annual Fund. In return, we make a promise to you that we will continue generating transformative science and scientists – for today and for the future.
Gifts for the college help top students who are working on research, like Courtney, a third year Ph.D. candidate in cell and molecular biology who is doing brain health research related to the COVID-19. As she looks to the future, this native New Yorker and U.S. Army Reserve captain is also reflecting on the help from generous organizations that have provided her scholarship and fellowship support along the way. “I would like to thank them for their support and for realizing how important research in brain health is,” she said. “And I love that they are giving to rising researchers. … We are always going to need more scientists, so anybody who is helping to encourage early career scientists is very important.” Read more about Courtney's work.