Integrating a Culture of Academic 
and Research Engagement 

Title V Grant

Purpose of Hispanic Serving Institutions Program


The Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Program provides grants to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students.  HSI Program grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance the academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability of colleges and universities that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and help large numbers of Hispanic students and other low-income individuals complete postsecondary degrees.


Texas A&M University-Kingsville received a five year Title V grant from the US Department of Education starting October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2020 through a competitive grant process.  The overall theme of the grant is to integrate undergraduate research into all five colleges at the university freshmen through senior level classes and students will be encouraged to participate in national scholarships   and fellowships.

Goal 1:  Enhance career outcomes by increasing the number of underrepresented students that plan for experiential learning and scholarly research activities

                  The three main program components of Goal 1 will focuses on National Scholarships and Fellowships, Academic Career Literacy, and Financial Literacy.  The grant objectives will provide information on National Scholarship programs and provide students with information on how to apply, create personal statements, compose curriculum vitae and successfully apply to National Scholarships and fellowships.  Grant objectives will work toward increasing the number of high-need students who received academic career literacy and financial literacy information.  Enhanced career counseling and student guidance will be a focus of this grant goal.

Goal 2:  Create a culture of change through undergraduate research and experiential learning

                  This grant goal will work toward increasing student participation in undergraduate research; increase the number of faculty implementing undergraduate research in their courses and provide faculty with professional development opportunities.  This goal will provide student support services through undergraduate research leaders that will assist with class projects and give participating students an opportunity to showcase their research projects at an annual event.

Goal 3:  Improve infrastructure available to support and increase undergraduate research and experiential learning

                  Through this goal, the grant proposes to establish an Undergraduate Research Commons in the Jernigan Library; create research pods in each of the five university colleges; create a repository and database for ungraduated research and publish students’ research in an undergraduate research journal.   This goal will help to increase student engagement, critical thinking skills through innovative approaches for course redesign that incorporate research, scholarship and experiential learning initiatives.

Title V HSI Grant #P031S150096
Funded by the U.S. Department of Education
under the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
for $2,625,000
October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2020

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