2016 ACTS and TATE Programs Conclude with Annual Student Presentations

On Friday, July 1, three ACTS students and fifteen TATE completed the summer component of their respective summer programs at the UTSA Main Campus. This intensive, four-week summer bridge program was UTSA’s first cohort of ACTS transfer students and its fifth cohort of TATE transfer students.

The Academy for Chemistry Transfer Students (ACTS), was modeled after the successful Transfer Academy for Tomorrow’s Engineers (TATE). Both programs are collaborative initiatives between UTSA and the Alamo Colleges and were created to promote a seamless transfer of community college students into UTSA’s College of Sciences and College of Engineering.

Both summer bridge programs culminated with students presenting their final research presentations at the UTSA Main campus. ACTS students presented their research paper which explored issues around water quality. TATE students were divided into groups of three and tasked to work on a research paper exploring the issues of weather and climate. This posed a unique challenge for students who did not immediately associate engineering with climate.

The groups’ projects were presented via PowerPoint and included a video webcast which supported their overall research. The TATE summer program was led by Dr. Almoutaz El Hassan of the UTSA College of Engineering and Dr. Veronica Morrison of the San Antonio College Writing Center. The ACTS summer program was led by Dr. Hector Aguilar of the UTSA College of Sciences.

For more information or to apply for 2017, link to the ACTS or TATE program pages or contact Darrell Balderrama,, 210.458.4284

Laura Rushing

Administrative Associate II

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