Health Science Center is No. 1 in federal science funds among institutions with large Hispanic enrollments, National Science Foundation says

San Antonio (Aug. 3, 2007) – The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio attracted more federal science or engineering funds in fiscal year 2005 than any other U.S. institution with a large Hispanic enrollment, according to an analysis released Thursday (Aug. 2) by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Health Science Center received $88.8 million in federal science or engineering funds in fiscal 2005. That was $29 million more than New Mexico State University, the runner-up in the top Hispanic-serving research institution category.

“These rankings demonstrate the commitment and success of The University of Texas Heath Science Center in contributing to the professional education of South Texas’ Hispanic population,” said Brian Herman, Ph.D., the university’s vice president for research. “The Health Science Center’s focus on educating the next generation of minority researchers is especially important, as most institutions with high minority enrollments are focused on teaching. The need to prepare Hispanics to become future leaders in research is just as great.”

The NSF annually releases a list of the top 20 institutions overall. In fiscal 2005, that list was again headed by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. The NSF report released Aug. 2 is the first to include lists of the top minority-serving institutions receiving federal funds.

Hampton University in Virginia led the top historically black colleges and universities federal funds list, while United Tribes Technical College in North Dakota led the top tribal colleges funding list.

During fiscal 2005, the Health Science Center attracted $176.4 million in all federal and private sponsored grants, contracts and awards.

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $536 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $14.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 22,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and allied health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, allied health, dentistry and many other fields.

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