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. Beg (Baig) 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 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 Pell-eligible students or other qualified students is disbursed through UTPB Financial Aid Office.
    • Falcon Free: At UTPB, you can earn your degree for free! We believe that a college education is transformative and money shouldn’t hold you back. That’s why UTPB created the Falcon Free Program, a plan that covers the cost of tuition and mandatory fees for most students. The HSI-STEM Grant contributes over $200,000 to eligible Hispanic and Pell-Eligible students. 
  • 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 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.
  • Academic Advising is here to help you navigate your college experience from freshman enrollment to graduation day. Academic Advisors can help you with the general core curriculum, academic progress, graduation planning, and more.


Project Personnel

Meet the Team
Omar Beg HeadShotDr. Omar Beg
Project Director
Dr. Raj University HeadshotDr. Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy
Co-Project Director
Sara Pugh University HeadshotSara Pugh
Grant Project Manager
priscilla badillo headshotPriscilla Badillo
HSI-STEM Admin Assistant
*The contents of this webpage were developed under a grant from the Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.