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Spring 2012

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The Graduate Newsletter Coordinating Board Approves UTSA Ph.D. in Psychology to focus on Military Health and Wellness Needs (Feb. 1, 2012) -- The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a Ph.D. degree in psychology to begin at The University of Texas at San Antonio in fall 2012. The university's 24th doctoral degree program will be administered in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts. The new doctoral program in psychology will build on the collaborative efforts of researchers from military and civilian institutions in the San Antonio area and is expected to become one of the leading programs in the nation for investigating health and mental health-care issues that relate to military personnel and their families. Additionally, UTSA has submitted the appropriate documentation for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation for the new Ph.D. in psychology program. Graduates from the program will have the research skills necessary to become leaders in this growth area of military health care, as well as in the broader area of health and wellness. Only one other doctoral program in the country offers a comparable emphasis on research skills that are uniquely tailored to investigate issues related to military health. "This new program will prepare desperately needed specialists in health psychology and contribute directly to the wellness of our citizenry, particularly our nation's veterans and their families," said Daniel Gelo, dean of the UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts. "Our graduates will have the needed quantitative skills and research methods to be leaders in the development of new preventions and treatments. I congratulate the psychology faculty for their steady work in developing the program and thank our partners at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and San Antonio Military Medical Center for their vital collaboration." Research indicates that a large percentage of military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from mental-health disorders or psychosocial behavioral problems including post-traumatic stress disorder. Recruiting efforts for the new degree program will focus on diverse doctoral candidates with a focus on military health and wellness issues, especially at institutions that are members of the Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) and historically black colleges and universities. Article by Kris Rodriguez

Free GRE and GMAT Practice Tests! Are you preparing to take the GRE or GMAT test to meet graduate school admissions requirements? If so, the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Graduate School and Office of Extended Education are here to assist you by offering FREE, computerized GRE and GMAT Practice Tests. Students will complete the verbal and quantitative components of the computerized practice test and review their scores with a facilitator upon completion. GRE and GMAT Practice Tests are open for UTSA students as well as members of the community. Practice Tests will be held on the UTSA Main Campus from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. For a list of dates and locations please visit this website:

Graduate Student Appreciation Week th th March 26 - 30 Every spring semester the Graduate Student Association collaborates with student programs and the community to provide a week of events, free food, and prizes in order to appreciate the hard work of the graduate students at UTSA. The GSA takes this opportunity to celebrate student success in graduate school and to continue to encourage interdisciplinary social and academic connections between students.

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Graduate Program Information Sessions Date & Time: March 1, 2012 and May 3, 2012 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Location: UTSA Downtown Campus in the Durango Building, Room 1.124 Date & Time: February 25, 2012 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Location: UTSA Downtown Campus in the Buena Visa Building, Room 1.328 Date & Time: April 5, 2012 Location: UTSA Main campus in the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building, Room 2.102 Information Session for UTSA Employees This Graduate Information Session will provide UTSA staff with information on the benefits of pursuing a graduate degree at UTSA. Date & Time: February 23, 2012 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Location: Biotechnology Sciences & Engineering Building, Room, BSE 2.102 Graduate Program Days This event will highlight all 49 Masters and 24 Doctoral programs offered at UTSA. Date & Time: March 21, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: UTSA Downtown Campus in the Buena Vista Building (Next to the bookstore)

Date & Time: March 22, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Location: UTSA Main Campus in the University Center (Next to the bookstore) For more information on this event contact

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UTSA, UT Health Science Center, UT Austin to offer Ph.D. in translational science (Dec. 12, 2011) -- It takes 24 years, on average, to translate a scientific discovery into an application that actually advances the quality of healthcare that is provided to medical patients. Today, a new breed of scientists is needed to lead research teams in labs and communities which work to expedite this noble endeavor. That's exactly the reason The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), the University of Texas at Austin and the UT School of Public Health, Houston, San Antonio Regional Campus, have announced the establishment of a Ph.D. degree program in translational science. The new program, which welcomes its first cohort of students in Fall 2012, joins fewer than 20 translational science Ph.D. programs across the country. “It is the first new Ph.D. program involving the Health Science Center in eight years”, said Michael Lichtenstein, M.D., M.Sc., a geriatrician in the UTHSCSA School of Medicine. He is director of research education, training and career development for the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science at the Health Science Center. This institute is funded by a major National Institutes of Health grant -- a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) presented in 2008. "The goal of the CTSAs is to transform academic health centers so they will accelerate the pace and application of discovery, resulting in improved health for the public," Lichtenstein said. "The translational science Ph.D. is a linchpin of our push to make lives better and represents a sizable investment of time, people, and resources by the four UT institutions." The 11 CTSA partners in South Texas include the four Ph.D. program institutions. Translational scientists will improve health care delivery, patient outcomes, and community health by working as members of teams and interacting with scientists from other disciplines, engineers, health-care professionals, laboratory and other technicians, health services professionals, administrators and representatives of community organizations. Graduates will be prepared for research careers in academia, industry, health agencies, regulatory agencies, the military and research institutes, among other settings. "The health problems in today's populations, such as diabetes and obesity, will require collaborative translational efforts from research disciplines at all levels of the scientific and translation continuum," said Dorothy Flannagan, dean of the UTSA Graduate School. "This joint, collaborative degree program combines resources to break down barriers, promote team science, and educate scientists who will impact human health in and beyond Texas." Two translational science Ph.D. programs are currently offered in Texas, one at the UT Medical Branch at Galveston and the other at Baylor College of Medicine. Only two additional programs are located in a 12-state region surrounding Texas and only 17 are offered nationwide. "The translational science Ph.D. is a pivotal addition to the training armamentarium of The University of Texas System," said Kenneth I. Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs with the UT System. "The collaboration among the UT institutions faculty and administration members has been outstanding in establishing this unique graduate program." Students in the new program will take 24 hours of core curriculum, and then move into either of two tracks -- one that teaches translation of science from basic discovery to clinical trials, or a second that teaches movement of discoveries from clinical trials to community and policy. “Consistent with the National Institutes of Health's design of the CTSA program, both types of translational scientists are needed, to ensure that worthy discoveries advance at a prodigious clip to the communities where people need them," said Patricia Hurn, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for health science research at the UT System. Sharon Cooper, Ph.D., regional dean of the UT School of Public Health in San Antonio, said, "Translational science is multidirectional because community needs such as childhood obesity help set research agendas for understanding root causes, not only at the basic biologic level but at environmental and policy levels as well." For more information about the program, contact Susan Stappenbeck, UTHSCSA senior project coordinator, at 210-567-4304.

Student Success Workshop Series The Graduate School partners with UTSA faculty, staff, and students each semester to provide our graduate students the opportunity to take learning beyond the classroom. These workshops are free to students and their guests. Saturday, January 28th: Seminar 1 – Graduate Writing Game Plan Location: Main Campus, Main Building 0.104 10:00–11:30 – Graduate Writing Game Plan 12:00–1:35 – APA for Beginners Saturday, February 4th: Seminar 2 – Introduction to Research Skills Location: Main Campus, Main Building 0.212 10:00–11:30 – Library Research Skills and Services for Graduate Students 12:00–1:30 – Introduction to Research Design Saturday, February 11th: Seminar 3 – Present Yourself Location: Main Campus, Main Building 0.212 10:00–11:30 – The Grad’s Speech: Managing and Mastering Presentations 12:00–1:30 – Overcoming Public Speaking Fears Saturday, February 18th: Seminar 4 – Financial Awareness: Managing Your Personal Finances Location: Main Campus, Main Building 0.212 10:00–12:00 – Financial Awareness Saturday, February 24th: Seminar 5 – The Grant Proposal Process Location: Main Campus, BSE Building 2.102 4:00-5:30 – Introduction to Research Grant Process 6:00-7:30 – Steps to Writing a Grant Saturday, March 3rd: Seminar 6 – Networking and Leadership Location: Main Campus, BSE Building 2.102 11:30-1:00 – Link Up with LinkedIn 1:30-3:00 – Effective Management and Leadership of Personnel To register for a workshop visit: rkshops

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Thesis/Dissertation Formatting Workshops Although attending a workshop is not required for graduation, we strongly recommend all students (whose program requires a thesis or dissertation to graduate) attend. Workshops offer information on The Graduate School's required formatting template, final submission requirements, and deadlines. Please note: this workshop will not provide guidance on writing or specific content related matters. This semester we are offering three sessions to accommodate students. Content for each session will be the same. Workshop Session 1: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. BSE 2.102 - Main Campus Workshop Session 2: Saturday, February 25, 2012 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. BSE 2.102 - Main Campus Workshop Session 3: Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. BSE 2.102 - Main Campus Register online at this website: Spring 2012 Presidential Dissertation Fellowship The Graduate School is pleased to announce the availability of several Presidential Dissertation Fellowship awards, available for the Spring 2012 semester. The minimum award is $1000 to each recipient. Applications will be reviewed by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in their respective college and by committee of all Associate Deans for Graduate Studies in those academic colleges that offer at least one doctoral program.

Gift of $100,000 provides scholarship support to computer security students Information security is a growing field, with San Antonio emerging as a hub of research and expertise. UTSA students in the Departments of Computer Science and Information Systems pursuing a security concentration, minor or degree have been given a boost through a newly established annual scholarship. Three computer science and two information assurance majors have been awarded the inaugural cyber security scholarship from the Alamo Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA). The organization is an international non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia that advances professional knowledge in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security. According to Greg White, director of the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security and a member of the Department of Computer Science, the awards are important to strengthening the pipeline from college to careers for students trained in information security. Each year through the fall of 2014, $25,000 will be awarded to qualified students. Preference is given to students with military service as well as participants of a collegiate cyber security competition. The 2011-2012 award recipients are: · Emily McMichael, undergraduate in Information Assurance · John Davies, undergraduate in Information Assurance · Rocky Slavin, undergraduate in Computer Science · Andrew Perkes, graduate in Computer Science · Adam Tyra, graduate in Computer Science

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For questions or to receive an application, please contact your Graduate Advisor or contact John Shaffer in The Graduate School, 210-458-4111.

Five College of Business Graduate Programs Ranked by Eduniversal International (January 2nd, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business was nationally ranked in five different graduate categories by the Eduniversal International Scientific Committee based in Paris, France. The programs ranked included the MBA in Information Systems (23rd), MBA in International Business (30th), MBA in Management of Technology/Project Management (30th), MBA in Real Estate Finance (67th) and MBA in Tourism Destination Development (89th). “Given our international focus, we are pleased to be included in this inaugural ranking of graduate programs by Eduniversal International,” said Dr. Lynda de la Viña, dean of the UTSA College of Business. “The programs ranked include our areas of specialization, and the ranking furthers our mission of becoming a top-tier international business school.” The rankings were based on an 18-month survey of 12,000 masters and MBA programs in the top 1,000 business schools in nine geographical regions. Conducted in 2009 to 2011, the survey covered 153 countries. The ranking was based on three criteria: (1) reputation of the program; (2) salary of the first employment of the graduates; and (3) satisfaction of the students. The goal of the ranking was to objectively compare various educational institutions and programs to help students and academic professionals choose among foreign universities for their studies. The UTSA College of Business offers a portfolio of 30 graduate business programs that are known for their high quality and affordability including the MBA, MBA International, Noon MBA and Executive MBA. Enrolling more than 600 graduate students, the UTSA College of Business graduate student body is diverse with 34 percent women, 30 percent minorities and 11 percent international students. Nationally ranked and recognized the College of Business has also been named the No. 3 MBA program in the nation for Hispanics by Hispanic Business and one of the top 10 MBA programs for minorities by the Princeton Review for the past six years. Wendy Frost— Information provided by UTSA's College of Business:

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President’s Distinguished Diversity Award is introduced (Dec. 15, 2011) — The University of Texas at San Antonio recently announced the creation of a new awards program, the President’s Distinguished Diversity Awards; the program honors those who uphold the university’s rich tradition of multiculturalism and promote diversity and inclusion in creative and collaborative ways. The awards program was created by a subcommittee of the university’s Diversity Advisory Board, with support from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Office of the Associate Provost for Faculty/Student Diversity and Recruiting. “There have been faculty, students and staff engaged in various diversity initiatives and projects at the university, but there really was no mechanism in place to highlight these important contributions to the campus community until now,” said committee chair Lisa Firmin, associate provost. “This award is a historical milestone for our university.” “As a university reaching for Tier One status, it is so important for our campus community to recognize and honor the collaborations and accomplishments of students, faculty and staff that reflect the commitment to and contribute to UTSA’s strategic and diversity goals,” said committee member Nina Sosa, equal opportunity investigator, Office of Equal Opportunity Services. “As campus citizens, each of us does and can play a role in sustaining a diverse and inclusive campus climate.” The awards will recognize such achievements as creating programs or initiatives to support diversity and inclusion on campus; recruiting/retaining or advising/mentoring students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups; and integrating diversity into the curriculum, among others. Two awards will be given: one for an individual faculty or staff member or group of faculty and/or staff (up to $2,500), and one for an individual student or group of students (up to $2,000). Nominations will be judged on creativity and innovation, availability and adaptability, alignment with the UTSA 2016 Strategic Plan, and impact and effectiveness. The inaugural awards will be conferred April 10 at the University Excellence Awards Ceremony. “Programs like this create community and add to the depth of the educational experience. The committee kept this in mind throughout the design process and will enact this philosophy as they help select the inaugural finalists of the award,” said committee member Carlos M. Lopez, graduate student. The committee also has plans to create a perpetual plaque or statue on campus to honor recipients of the award and raise awareness of the university’s commitment to diversity. “Acknowledging diversity is a way of celebrating an internal strength of UTSA. Our Hispanic-serving institution status is a reflection of the larger San Antonio community. Today, being an HSI serves as the foundation to a much more diverse campus. It’s wonderful as you walk around campus and you see faculty and students from all parts of the world,” said Raquel Marquez, chair of the Department of Sociology and member of the awards committee. “The next phase is to harness this diverse faculty and student population and have them consciously embrace these differences. Having the UTSA community actively work on ideas and projects that communicate diversity is one of best lessons we can provide for our students as they become productive participants in our increasingly diverse society.” Complete nomination packets are to be submitted to the Associate Provost for Faculty and Student Diversity and Recruitment, One UTSA Circle, San Antonio TX 78249 or in electronic form to by 5 p.m. CST February 3, 2012. For more information or questions contact extension 210-458-4296. Members of the President’s Distinguished Diversity Award Committee: Lisa Firmin, Associate Provost for Faculty/Student Diversity and Recruiting, Committee Chair Marlon Anderson, Director, Inclusion Community Engagement Center Edwin Barea-Rodriguez, Chair, Department of Biology, COS Marcheta Evans, Associate Dean-DT, COEHD Carlos M. Lopez, Graduate Student Raquel Marquez, Chair, Department of Sociology, COLFA Taeg Nishimoto, Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Graduate Studies, COA Nina Sosa, Equal Opportunity Investigator, Office of Equal Opportunity Services This information was taken from UTSA's diversity website. For more detailed information about this award please refer to this website:

The Graduate School Hosts Graduate Program Days 2012

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Are you thinking about applying for graduate school, but need more information? This event will highlight: • All 49 Masters programs and 24 Doctoral programs. • Information from all seven UTSA colleges. • Funding opportunities for Graduate School. *Information Sessions will be provided on how to submit a competitive graduate school application. To register for an information session visit: Dates and times are listed on page 1 of The Graduate Report

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