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Gear Up students experiment with robotic technology during summer camp at local middle school.

Another area of explosive growth for UT Tyler is funded research. Through world-class research, faculty and students are working to find solutions and innovations for tomorrow. In just three years, the value of new research grants has increased 600 percent – from under $1 million to over $6 million. Currently, total funding for research grants stands at $7.4 million.

According to Dr. Arlene Horne, associate vice president for research, faculty members submitted 39 new proposals for funding in 2004. That number increased to 86 in 2007.

Research projects help solve real-world problems for industry and government, provide the university with revenue to attract top undergraduate and graduate students, offer resources for cuttingedge equipment and technology, help fund quality faculty and result in economic benefits for the region, Dr. Horne said.

Some of UT Tyler’s flagship research programs include:

  • The Texas Allergy, Indoor Environment and Energy Institute (TxAIRE). This brand new research institute was established with a $3.75 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to study indoor air quality in Texas and the impact on health, particularly in young children.
  • The Center for Organic Semiconductor Modeling and Simulation (COSMOS). The Department of Defense awarded UT Tyler a $1 million research grant to collaborate with The University of Texas at Dallas for research on organic electronics.
  • The East Texas Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (TSTEM). The East Texas STEM Center was launched in 2007 with a $1.2 million federal grant award to improve instruction and academic performance in science and math-related subjects in rural school districts.
  • GEAR UP. UT Tyler coordinates Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs through a grant totaling $3.1 million from the U.S. Department of Education. GEAR UP encourages middle school students to aspire to, prepare for and succeed in higher education, especially those from low income families.

“We have so many fascinating, cuttingedge research activities going on here, from scientific to educational. It’s phenomenal. And people will be able to take advantage of the results we find. These kinds of discoveries will impact lives,” Dr. Horne said.

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