Science education at Sul Ross State and in West Texas made an exciting advance in April of 2013 with the delivery of a state-of-the art Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The microscope, along with lab upgrades exceeding $500,000, is administered by the Adelante Tejas program at Sul Ross, in partnership with San Antonio College, to increase enrollment, progress and graduation in the sciences. The project is 100 percent funded through a U.S. Department of Education grant (#P031C110039). Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk, professor of geology and director of the Rio Grande Research Center, is the principal investigator.
The SEM adds significantly to the school’s research capacity and will be available to all students and faculty for a broad array of basic education and research in the natural and physical sciences. “A student attending a larger school probably wouldn’t get close to a SEM as an undergrad," Urbanczyk said.
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