OLLU receives $250,000 teaching grant

OLLU has received a $250,000 grant renewal from the San Antonio Biomedical Education and Research Program (SABER) to train postdoctoral research fellows at UT Health San Antonio. The SABER teaching grant, which extends through 2025, is designed to prepare a diverse and accomplished pool of research-teacher-scholars sensitive to the needs of underrepresented groups and able to serve as role models for students at the undergraduate level.

The SABER grant is part of the prestigious Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program. Alumni from these programs are high sought after because they have completed research and teaching training with under-represented undergraduates. 

OLLU has hired two SABER/IRACDA scholars to tenure-track biology positions: Drs. Megan Borror and Briana Salas.  

“The largest positive impact for OLLU’s science programs has been the hiring of these two scholars,” said James Hall, PhD, professor of biology. “The benefits to our students, faculty and to our infrastructure in the sciences have been numerous. Our undergraduate students have been exposed to areas of biomedical research from role models not many years older than themselves. Three SABER/IRACDA scholars presented their research at OLLU in fall 2015, 2016, 2017 and another in spring 2018 and answered questions about their research, graduate school, postdoctoral work and biomedical science as a career.”

St. Mary’s University and Trinity University also received grant money as professors from their schools participate in the SABER/IRACDA program.