TAMIU Academy Information Session Scheduled Monday
Posted: 5/15/14

TAMIU’s Texas Academy of International and
STEM Studies’ Information Session Set Monday

Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies will present an information session for high school students interested in applying for the Academy Monday, May 19, from 6:30  - 7:30 p.m. in Student Center, room 203.

Information provided will include the Texas Academy of International and STEM Studies’ mission, application requirements, benefits, admissions process and program fees, said Dr. Patricia Uribe, Academy director.

“We encourage parents and students to attend this session so that they can learn how academically focused and highly motivated high school juniors and seniors focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and International Studies can apply,” said Dr. Uribe, “The Academy allows students the opportunity to earn up to two years of University credit, tuition-free, towards a bachelor’s degree while also earning their high school diploma.”

Enabled by legislation authored by State Senator Judith Zaffirini and approved by the 79th Texas Legislature in 2005, the Academy, located on TAMIU campus, provides academically focused and highly motivated high school juniors and seniors with a challenging University-level curriculum starting this Fall.

A cohort of 50 students selected this year will receive free tuition, fees and books and will be able to pursue University degrees in any area while exploring research and collaborative educational opportunities with project partners including the University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio’s (UTHSCSA) Laredo campus.

The competitive and purposefully designed program allows students to enroll in an accelerated and rigorous STEM and International Studies curriculum that will enable them to graduate with the necessary tools for postsecondary success, Uribe said.

“The Academy will provide students from our community and surrounding areas another option for completing high school,” Uribe said.

Students selected for the Academy will participate fully in the life of the University with gifted faculty in state of the art facilities, Uribe said, adding that University credits earned will be transferable to any public university in the state of Texas.

Applications for the Fall 2014 cohort will be accepted until May 23, Uribe said.

Prospective students must apply as high school sophomores.                                     

“Educational research points to the fact that a small and personalized learning community makes student success possible and we would like to invite all eligible prospective students to apply for entrance now,” Uribe said.

For more information about the Academy, please contact Dr. Uribe at 326.2860, e-mail puribe@tamiu.edu or visit offices located in the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 213.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at prmis@tamiu.edu