HSI STEM Project

The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) has been awarded a grant from the Department of Education through the Hispanic Serving Institutions – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HSI-STEM) program (PI Dr. Omar A. Beik and Co-PI Dr. Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy). This HSI-STEM grant, worth $ 4.9 Million, will be utilized to increase the enrollment, retention rate, graduation rate, and career placement rate of Hispanic or the students who qualify for financial aid (Pell-eligible students). The HSI-STEM grant started on October 1, 2022, and ends on September 30, 2026. It offers many avenues to assist students in their attainment of STEM-related baccalaureate degrees.

Opportunities For Students And Faculty

  • Financial aid to Hispanic or Pell-eligible students is disbursed through UTPB Financial Aid Office.
  • Paid internship opportunities are offered to the students.
  • Faculty Development program trained through ESCALA Educational Services and visiting lecturers.
  • Research Program for Undergraduates (RPU) aims to increase undergraduate research activities and enhance students’ skills. This includes the financial support for faculty mentors, students, and project supplies.
  • Student Success Center: The grant supports the activities of the UTPB Students Success Center to impart supplemental instructions, tutoring, mentoring, and advising to the students.

STEM Fields Eligible For Grant

Computer Science
Information Systems
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Industrial Technology

Project Personnel

Omar Beg HeadShotDr. Omar Beg
Project Director
raj-dak-640x640.jpgDr. Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy
Co-Project Director
Robin May HeadshotRobin May
Grant Project Manager
wingo_y-new.jpgYasmin Wingo
Adviser/STEM Success Coach