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 Healthy Outcomes through Prevention and Early Support (HOPES)

  • PI:  Dr. Frank Hernandez, Dean  College of Education
  • PI:  Beth Meyerson, MPA, Director, First 5 Permian Basin
  • Awarding Agency:  Texas Health and Human Services Commission: Prevention and Early Intervention Unit
  • Award Amount:  $690,990 annually
  • Period:  2014 – 2016
  • This multiple year award will be used to enhance current evidence-based kindergarten preparedness/parent education programs by adding two Parents as Teachers Educators and a Father Engagement Coordinator.  Via sub-contracts with the Boys & Girls Club of Odessa, Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center, and March of Dimes, this funding will:  1)  support a community-based recreation/socialization program for families with young children, 2) provide training in the area of sexual abuse prevention utilizing the evidence-based Steward of Children curriculum to 2,000 teachers, agency personnel, and general public, 3) coordinate and enhance “April is Child Abuse Prevention Month” activities, and 4) continue to support a strong Early Childhood Coalition through strategic planning and data-driven decision making. More information here
The Rural Remote Virtual Early College High School (ECHS) Initiative

  • PI:  Dr. Lillian R. Porter, Early College High School Coordinator Co
  • PI:  Dr. Watts, President
  • Awarding Agency:  Meadows Foundation
  • Award Amount:  $217,000.00
  • Period:  2014 – 2015
  • The Rural Remote Virtual Early College High School (ECHS) Initiative consist of four school district partners Presidio ISD, Balmorhea ISD, Marfa ISD, Rankin ISD, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and Educate Texas.  The initiative provides the opportunity for beginning ninth grade students who live in rural west Texas who may be at-risk of dropping out of high school or First Generation College goers, the opportunity to begin taking college level course work as soon as they are ready.  The initiative is a unique, first of its kind virtual, internet-based ECHS curriculum that is supported by face-to-face interaction between students, and faculty through a series of district and university campus visits during the academic year.  Meadows grant funds will be utilized to support a two week Summer Bridge camp, student textbooks, tuition, dining, both school district and UTPB travel expenses, Educate Texas consulting and other program related expenses.

The Professional Nursing Shortage Reduction program – Under 70 Program

  • PI: Dr. Dorothy Jackson, Director of Nursing
  • CoPI: Dr. Vicki Johnson
  • Awarding Agency: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Awarded Amount:a potential $249,000
  • Period: 2014-2015
  • Summary: This innovative program can provide UTPB with funding for every successful graduate of the nursing school for an initial period of two years. Dr. Jackson will act as the project director with Dr. Johnson as CoPI. The amount received will depend on the graduation rates
 West Texas Mathematics Consortium (WTMC)
  • PI: Dr Juli D'Ann Reatheal Assistant Vice President of Research, Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Mathematics Education 
  • CoPIs: Drs. Chris Hiatt, Warren Koepp and Yolanda Salgado
  • Awarding Agency: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 
  • Awarded Amount: $500,000
  • Period: 2014-2015 
  • Summary: The project The WTMC component at UTPB will provide 60 hours of professional development during a two-week summer workshop focusing on “Measurement” which is one of the lowest performance areas among middle school mathematics students across the state. is a collaborative effort between UTPB, Abilene Christian University (ACU), and Angelo State University (ASU). The funds are part of a federal initiative under the Teacher Quality Grants Program made available to higher education institutions to promote improved mathematics and science instruction. Of the $500,000, approximately $300,000 will target ECISD, MISD, and other regional charter, public and private schools’ middle school mathematics teachers within the UTPB immediate service area.

AREA 2: Using "Next Generation" CO2-EOR Technologies to Optimize the Residual Oil Zone CO2 Flood at Goldsmith Landreth Unit, Ector County, Texas.

  • PI: Dr. Robert Trentham, Director of CEED, Geology
  • Awarding Agency: U.S. Department of Energy
  • Awarded Amount: $1,198,546
  • Period: 10/1/10-9/30/15
  • Summary: Objectives of this R&D project is to target "next generation" technologies at the residual oil zone (ROZ), use detailed reservoir characterization, laboratory and bench-scale testing, full-scale reservoir modeling and state-of-the-art diagnostics to optimize the design of the CO2 flood in the ROZ at the Goldsmith (San Andres) oil field in the Permian Basin.  

UTPB Robert Noyce Scholars

  • PI & Title: Dr. Roy Hurst, Professor, Science Education
  • Co PI: Dr. Doug Hale, Professor and Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Awarding Agency: National Science Foundation/47.076
  • Awarded Amount: $750,000
  • Period: 9/15/08-8/31/15
  • Summary: This four year project will provide financial incentives to boost the number of science and math majors obtaining certification to teach. UTPB Noyce Scholars at the undergraduate level will receive $10,000 annual scholarships for up to two years, in exchange for agreeing to teach in a high-need school for two years for each year of scholarship support.

Project SAGE: Preparing Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers to Serve Students with Disabilities in the Content Area 

  • PI & Title: Administered by the School of Education
  • Awarding Agency: U.S. Department of Education/84.325T
  • Awarded Amount: $499,954
  • Period: 9/1/08-8/31/14
  • Summary: Funds from this grant will be used to restructure and improve the special education teacher preparation program. The new program will be designed to provide dual certification in academic content areas and will involve a collaborative effort of the School of Education and Arts and Sciences faculty.
 Autism & Developmental Disabilities in Early Childhood
  • PI & Title:  Jan Murdock, Ed.D
  • Awarding Agency: U.S. Department of Education/84.325
  • Awarded Amount: $1,065,000
  • Period: 1/1/2011-12/30/2015
  • Summary: The goal of this online project is to increase the number of highly educated teachers knowledgeable and skilled in autism and developmental disabilities who will work in early intervention or early childhood programs serving infants, toddlers and young children with disabilities.

Permian Basin Mathematics and Science Teacher Academy (PBMSTA)

  • PI & Title: Dr. Juli Ratheal, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education, Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies and Research
  • Co PI: Dr. Christopher Hiatt, Assistant Professor, Mathematics
  • Awarding Agency: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Awarded Amount: $700,000
  • Period: April 2010-August 2015
  • Summary: UTPB will implement a MST academy offering opportunities to students/teachers to participate in various programs. The goals are to 1) increase the number of teachers with advance degrees by 44; 2) increase the number of teachers with degrees and/or initial certification by 6; 3) 10% increase in grades 7-11 TAKS scores for target populations of participants' students in partner districts; 4) develop a MST online Community of Practice (CoP) to facilitate project sustainability and collaboration; and 5) develop a Teacher Career Awareness Outreach Program for Middle and High School Students. Participating high needs districts are Ector County, Midland, Balmorhea, Monahans-Wickett-Pyote, Richard Milburn Academies, and Forsan.

Bilingual ESL STEM Teachers for ELLs (BEST 4 ELLS) 

  • PI & Title: Dr. Susan Lara, 432-552-2124. 4901 E. University Blvd. Odessa, TX  79762
  • Director: Gilbert Sanchez, 432-552-2127
  • Awarding Agency: U.S. Department of Education / 84.195N
  • Program Title: Bilingual Education - Professional Development
  • Awarded Amount: $1,977,660
  • Period: May 2012-April 2017
  • A five year grant from the US Department of Education entitled BEST 4 ELLS has been funded for $1,977,660 to train 24 pre-service teachers, 20 master in-service teachers and 150 in-service teachers through a program of teacher development with the ultimate goal of improving the education of English learners in the Permian Basin region of Texas.  BEST 4 ELLS  is a collaborative project, consisting of a consortia of local education agencies (school districts), including the Ector County ISD, The Midland ISD, The McCamey ISD, the Crane ISD, Monahans-Wickett-Pyote ISD, Seminole ISD, Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD, Midland Academy Public Charter School  and one institution of higher education, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.  
  • The goals of the project include  improving the performance and learning of area bilingual and ESL elementary children, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines on multiple measures of school achievement.
  • Pursuant to these goals, curriculum will be revised and a new major in bilingual studies, which will include a stronger STEM foundation  will be proposed.  This will strengthen the  new teachers and will offer an improved program for teacher education in the future at UTPB.  School districts in the region will provide referrals from their pools of paraprofessionals, while at the same time providing mentoring and field based placements for the pre-service teachers.   The district consortia are fully committed to placements for student teaching, for assisting with hiring and placement of the candidates and for providing administrators to provide information on professional development.  More information

UT System LSAMP Phase IV

  • PI & Title: Benjamin Flores, UTEP/ Cooperative Agreement with UTPB-Dr. Tracie Gibson
  • Awarding Agency: National Science Foundation/47.076
  • Awarded Amount: $364,025
  • Period: 5/31/07-4/30/15
  • Summary: UT System Alliance is now in its fourth and final phase of NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. The Alliance's activities for this phase are to continue support for current NSF LSAMP undergraduate researchers; provide research support for new undergraduates and faculty members in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Chemistry Department Research Grant

  • PI & Title: Dr. Kyle Beran, Ellen and Bill Noel Distinguished Professor for Energy Research
  • Awarding Agency: The Welch Foundation
  • Awarded Amount: $25,000
  • Period: 6/1/14-5/31/15
  • Summary: Supports chemical research for faculty members of the Chemistry Department and also provides an opportunity for students to study chemistry in a less structured way.


  • PI & Title: Dr. James Wright, Project Director, HT3R
  • Awarding Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission CFDA: 77.006
  • Awarded Amount: $105,000
  • Summary: Grant funds will provide support to the current NEEd project.

First 5 Permian Basin (Formerly The Ector County Texas Home Visiting Program)

  • PI & Title: Dr. Frank Hernandez, Dean of the School of Education
  • CoPI: Beth Meyerson, Director
  • Awarding Agency: State of Texas: Health and Human Services Commission
  • Awarded Amount: $1,266,118
  • Period: May 2013-September 2015
  • Summary: The goals of the program are to 1) Improve the health and well-being of young children and their families by providing home visiting services for pregnant women and parents of children from birth to age 5, and 2) Combine efforts with other groups that are providing services for pregnant women, young children, and their families.  This will be accomplished through the operation of four sub-projects: 
  1. Parents as Teachers (PAT)  teaches parents how to help their children grow healthy and develop a good foundation for learning. It’s for pregnant women and teens and those who already have an infant or child up to 4 years old.  It is being administered by UTPB.
  2. HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth) gives parents the tools, skills, and confidence they need to prepare their children for learning in school. It’s for families of children ages 3 to 5 years old. Families learn how to read, write, count and explore their world together. HIPPY sets a good foundation for learning in and out of the classroom.  It is being operated under sub-contract by Greater Opportunities for the Permian Basin (GOPB).
  3. Nurse Family Partnership is a Star Care Home Health program that puts  first-time moms together with a nurse who makes regular visits to the home. The visits start in the early weeks of pregnancy and continue until the baby turns 2 years old. During these visits, the nurse offers the knowledge and support the mother needs to gain confidence and create a better life for her baby and for herself.
  4. Early Childhood Comprehensive System is an inter-agency coalition with monthly meetings. Coalition members examine school readiness data, which has been collected with the Early Development Instrument in kindergarten classrooms across Ector County. The goal of the coalition is to coordinate and enhance the services that are available to families of young children in Ector County.  It is being administered by UTPB.

 Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

  • Awarding Agency: U.S. Small Business Administration/ NW Texas Small Business Development Center
  • Awarded Amount: $114,750
  • Period: Annual Contract with Texas Tech University
  • Summary: UTPB subcenter will operate in conjunction with the Northwest Texas Small Business Development Center Regional office. UTPB SBDC is responsible for furnishing services to small business in 16 counties.