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South Texas Interdisciplinary Research For Undergraduate Programs 


The Graduate School is excited to offer a new program starting in Summer 2021 to introduce undergraduate students to graduate programs, in collaboration with the Honors College and in partnership with UTSA Colleges. The South Texas Interdisciplinary Research for Undergraduate Program (STIR-UP) is recruiting a cohort of 12 highly motivated undergraduate students entering their sophomore year in Fall 2021. In this fully funded 10-week residential program, STIR-UP students will work with nationally renowned faculty and cycle through UTSA research labs while being introduced to the broad transdisciplinary area of Water Research, Sustainability and Policy. STIR-UP will include hands-on team research, professional development, and partnerships with the Citymester program for civic engagement. STIR-UP students will participate an average of 30 hours per week during the 10-week program.

  • Stipends available: STIR-UP students will receive a $3,000 stipend for ten weeks.
  • Housing provided: Free on-campus housing in residential halls will be provided for STIR-UP students for the entire 10-week program.
  • Additional activities: STIR-UP students will participate in planned field trips in the area and around the state. Area employers will speak with the participants about career opportunities. 


The program is open to second year undergraduate students of all majors at UTSA. Students must have a 3.00 minimum GPA. Students of underrepresented backgrounds are highly encouraged to apply.

How To Apply

A student application and a minimum of one recommendation letter are required for consideration to the STIR-UP program. Students please apply using the link below and have your recommender(s) send your recommendation letter directly to Faculty nomination forms are optional. Applications are due by April 26th, 2021

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Faculty Lead

The faculty lead for the STIR-UP program is Dr. Saugata Datta, a professor in UTSA's Department of Geological Sciences. Dr. Datta is the Director of the Institute for Water Research, Sustainability and Policy (IWRSP) at UTSA. The IWRSP serves as an entity that draws faculty within UTSA, as well as water professionals from around the San Antonio area and South Texas region, to identify water-related problems, to facilitate areas of common research interests, to address water resources for individuals, communities, agriculture, and industry, and to build an excellent research, teaching, and service center.

 For additional information, please contact Amy Ossola-Phillips.