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Center for Research and Training in the Sciences

April 1, 2013

UTSA Special Collections recently received records related to the establishment of UTSA’s Center for Research and Training in the Sciences.  Previously known as Center for the Advancement of Life Sciences (CAS), the Center for Research and Training in the Sciences (CRTS) was established under UTSA’s College of Sciences in 2005 to promote science, research, and education. The Center oversees 13 research and training programs that provide annual funding support for students, faculty, and the community through scholarships, stipends, and grants. Programs are funded in part by various sources including the National Science Foundation (NFS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), institutional funds, and private donations, such as the Pat and Tom Frost Foundation and Sloan Foundation. The training and research programs under UTSA’s CRTS benefit participants from many disciplines and include graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and the greater community of San Antonio and the state of Texas.

Cajal Neuroscience Research Center advisory meeting, 2003

Cajal Neuroscience Research Center advisory meeting, 2003

Drawing on multiple areas of expertise (biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, engineering, computer science, and biosciences), the faculty development and student training programs within the CRTS all contribute to the academic programs of the university. These programs attract scientific visitors who are active in cooperative training with UTSA faculty and students; they also participate in seminars and supervise independent research projects. Student programs supported by the CRTS include: Minority Access to Research Careers – Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC_U*STAR), Minority Biomedical Research Support – Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE), Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP_BD), General Education Excellence in Math & Science (GE²MS), Hispanic Leaders in Agriculture and the Environment (HLAE), Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology (TREE), U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (USFS SRS), and the Work Study Research Training Program (WSRTP). Faculty programs include: Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), Minority Biomedical Research Support – Support for Competitive Research (MBRS-SCORE), and the International Center for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (ICNAM). Community programs include: ExxonMobile Texas Science and Engineering Fair (EMT SEF) and the San Antonio Mathematical and Science Education Partnership (SAMSEP).

Conference program for a collaborative workshop in Biomedical Research, 2003

Program for a collaborative workshop in Biomedical Research among Research Centers in Minority Institutions, 2003

In 1998 UTSA sought the establishment of a Research Center in Minority Institution program to support the creation of the Cajal Neuroscience Research Center (CNRC). The goal of establishing the CNRC was to facilitate neuroscience research at UTSA, focus development and recruitment efforts in this area, as well fostering collaboration between neuroscientists and computer scientists at other local research institutions. In 2005, UTSA established the RCMI Cajal Neuroscience Research Center (CNRC) that developed into the Cajal Neuroscience Institute. In 2008 its name was officially changed to the UTSA Neurosciences Institute (NI). Previously supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the RCMI program now receives support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) through a $12.6 million grant that serves “to enhance the research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving universities that offer doctorates in health sciences”. The organizational structure of the RCMI Program at UTSA consists of administrative and scientific divisions. The administrative division includes the Principle Investigator, the Program Director, Program Manager, and an Institutional Administrative Support Team. The scientific division includes the External and Internal Advisory Committees, Scientific Advisor, Core Leaders and Research Project PI’s.

A finding aid for the collection is now available online.

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