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Texas State University's Rise Up 4 CS

Ace the AP CSA or CSP:

  • Free one-hour remote help sessions in COMPUTER SCIENCE!
  • Free 3hr in-person review & help sessions once a month Nov-May with free food
  • Free study resources
  • Come shadow agrad student or professoron campus/ Visit a CS corporate site
  • Learn from Texas State University grads
  • Incentive of $100 for participation

This program is open to young women and under-represented students in STEM (female, African American, Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander), who are high school students enrolled in AP CSA or CSP.

Apply At:

Kickoff Details

  • Date: November 16, 2019 11am to 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas State University,
    Round Rock Campus-Avery Building
    1555 University Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
  • Bring a parent/guardian, bring a laptop, free food and swag!

Following Rise Up 4 CS Dates

  • December 7th, 2019
  • January 18th, 2020
  • February 1st, 2020
  • March 7th, 2020
  • April 4th, 2020
  • May 9th, 2020

Download the Flyer, and for more information please contact Dr. Maggie Chen,

NASA Grants $400,000 to FAMA Project, partnership, among Texas State University and SMCISD

NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded a grant of more than $400,000 to the Future Aerospace-Engineers and Mathematicians Academy (FAMA) project, a collaborative effort between the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD), and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (Centro).

The FAMA project aims to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines, including women and minority groups.

“This opportunity builds on the Little Engineers program that we have been running in partnership with Centro for the past three years; we have served over 150 students and learned that San Marcos kids are eager learners and leave our camp seeing themselves as future engineers,” said Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. “We are thankful to NASA for this funding and plan to reach ten times as many students to encourage and further develop their innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

NSF-TX State STEM Rising Stars Grants awarded to six Texas State student organizations

NSF-TX State STEM Rising Stars Grants awarded to six Texas State student organizations to support their outreach and membership development activities. The organizations funded for the Spring-Summer award period are Society of Women Engineers, Construction Student Association, Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, National Society of Black Engineers, American Concrete Institute, and Society of Physic Students.

NASA awards Texas State $15 million grant for STEM teacher training

Texas State University has received from NASA a five-year, $15 million grant award – the largest ever received by the University – to implement the NASA STEM Education Constellation, a unique program that will provide professional development based on NASA-related science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content to over 400,000 educators across the nation. As she announced the award at the University Convocation on August 22, 2014, Texas State University President Denise M. Trauth said, “Clearly, a $15 million grant is a big deal and it demonstrates the innovation and energy our people have in the pursuit of excellence.”

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NSF STEM Rising Stars
LBJ Institute Writing Retreat

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To collaborate on STEM projects at the LBJ Institute, or to investigate other opportunities for involvement, contact Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz, director, in San Marcos, or Dr. Leslie Huling, senior advisor, in Round Rock.