Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville Ranks 2nd in the Nation for Awarding STEM Graduate Degrees to Hispanic Students

KINGSVILLE - April 29, 2013

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979

Texas A&M University-Kingsville ranks second in the nation in awarding master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to Hispanic students, according to rankings of top graduate programs for Hispanics released by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

The university is tied for second with Texas A&M University.

The publication also ranks A&M-Kingsville 15th in the nation for enrolling Hispanic graduate students. In 2011, Hispanics accounted for 53 percent of all graduate students at the university.

Rankings are based on 2011data from the National Center for Education Statistics-Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data Systems.

In 2011, nearly a quarter of the 251 students who earned an advanced degree in a STEM field at A&M-Kingsville were Hispanic. A&M-Kingsville offers a wide-array for STEM-related graduate degrees, including degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, mechanical and natural gas engineering; agriculture science; animal science; biology; chemistry; and plant and soil science.

“We are very proud to be on these lists, as our inclusion in them affirms that we are living our institutional mission to serve all the students of South Texas and beyond,” said A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant. “It is particularly rewarding to know that our university is preparing the new generation of science, technology, engineering and math professionals. The growth of STEM-related fields is imperative to the future of our country and we’re pleased to offer quality educational opportunities in these areas.”

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, associate vice president for Research and Graduate Studies, said the rankings reflect well the quality of work and dedication of university faculty and staff in recruiting and supporting Hispanic graduate students. 

“We believe in the importance of STEM fields for the progress of our region and nation and we are glad that we are contributing significantly to the diversity of the workforce in these fields.”               

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