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Graduate Student Support
Fueling Research and Tier One

Recruiting graduate students is vital to the continued growth and advancement of UTSA. Graduate students, particularly Ph.D. candidates, have been described as the “workhorses” of research universities as they assist faculty in their labs, conduct their own groundbreaking research and mentor undergraduate students.

Attracting top graduate students is a very competitive process. The commitment to graduate study often impedes outside work, so prospective students weigh funding offers carefully before choosing a university. Universities that offer full funding for tuition and fees as well as a stipend are most competitive in recruiting top graduate student talent.

Supporting fellowships at UTSA offers an opportunity to reward students from diverse backgrounds. There may be no other university in the country that has an opportunity today to demonstrate what the ideal university of tomorrow will look like demographically—even at the graduate level, we attract significant numbers of students from backgrounds that are traditionally underserved in higher education, more than 57 percent of our enrollment each year.

With donor support, we will award more graduate fellowships and scholarships to significantly advance research and knowledge at UTSA.

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Eli Embleton

A former entrepreneur from Chico, California, Eli and his family relocated to San Antonio in 2008 after facing hard economic times. Shortly thereafter, he began taking courses at UTSA.

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Sarah Esserlieu

It’s the lunch hour rush in downtown San Antonio, and amongst the businesspeople dining in nearby cafés is Sarah Esserlieu, an urban planning graduate student at UTSA and a consultant with the Center City Development Office with the City of San Antonio.

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Jessica Felhofer

Jessica Felhofer is helping build a chemical analysis "lab" the size of a microchip that will be accessible anywhere. The potential uses for the chip are limitless; instead of collecting samples and sending them out to be analyzed, results will be available immediately. Imagine the impact for a military medic on the front lines monitoring patient health or for scientists trying to understand the effect of an emerging environmental crisis.

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Chance Kinnison

As local and global populations continue to grow, companies, organizations, governments and communities face changes—and new challenges practically every day. UTSA graduate student Chance Kinnison is among those dedicated to researching and understanding how to prepare for and move forward in a changing world.

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Michele Maasberg

There is a growing concern surrounding cybersecurity, and our need to protect vital and highly-sensititve information is an ongoing challenge. Ph.D. student Michele Maasberg is at the forefront of cybersecurity research at UTSA.

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Milena Melo

A Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology, Milena Melo is shedding light on a growing issue in her hometown in the Rio Grande Valley—the quality of life for undocumented Mexican immigrants. Her dissertation, titled Enacting Life: Hospital Dialysis Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants, focuses on the struggles many immigrants face in gaining access to specialty healthcare.

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Barbara Warren

From seeing the remains of structures in Mexico as a young volunteer firefighter, to learning European methodologies while studying abroad with a renowned Italian architect, Barbara Warren’s personal experience has given her a unique perspective of architecture.

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