Graduate students from UT Health San Antonio bring together science and fun at annual Viva Science SA

Science demonstration at Viva Science SA


April 18, 2024

Contacts: Eileen Teves, 210-450-7239,

Monica Taylor, 210-450-8970,


WHAT:         A free, family-friendly event, Viva Science SA will feature interactive and hands-on science booths with fun activities, poster presentations by local scientists, science-themed artwork and a distinguished speaker.

Designed to enlighten, engage and excite minds of all ages in the San Antonio community, Viva Science SA will display science in an entertaining and enjoyable experience for all.

The event is led by The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio and graduate student leaders with the support of all schools at UT Health San Antonio and community partners.

Attendees will enjoy live entertainment and music, including delicious food from popular food trucks.

WHEN:         Saturday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:       Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209

WHO:           Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio; current and future scientists of all ages

WHY:           The goal of this initiative is to foster engagement between our (and your) scientists and the general public while showcasing the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to San Antonio’s economic and cultural development.

 NOTES:        Olajide A. Williams, MD, MS, professor of neurology and vice dean of community health at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, is this year’s keynote speaker. Williams is the founder and chair of Hip Hop Public Health, an internationally recognized organization that uses multimedia to engage young people about the health of families and communities.

Middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate students will present posters of their academic research from a wide range of health and science topics. Presentations are geared towards community audiences to raise awareness and support discussions of current science-related efforts and research, along with its respective impact in the community and on people’s everyday lives.

There are more than 4,000 graduates at UT Health San Antonio’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, with a little over 700 remaining in and serving the San Antonio area. Many graduates are employed in various areas including academia, military research, consulting and healthcare. Their contributions to science have a significant cultural and economic impact in the area, fueling San Antonio’s $42 billion biomedical industry.

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