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  • LAZARUS: The Lab for the Analysis of Zombie Activity and Research into Undead Simulations (LAZARUS) project is multidisciplinary effort spanning a number of Texas Tech University (TTU) academic and administrative departments. The lab's efforts are currently focused on the construction of a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) supercomputing cluster - codenamed: Schoenberg. The cluster has been developed to initially support the implementation of large-scale zombie outbreak simulations. Future potential applications include broader disease modeling, social network analysis, and digital image analysis applications.
  • Proactive Recruitment in Introductory Science and Mathematics (PRISM): In 2010, the National Science Foundation named Texas Tech University as recipient of one of several PRISM awards (award no. 1035096). The Texas Tech University award of the PRISM initiative utilized integrated biomathematics research experiences for students entering their last year of high school or the first two years of undergraduate study at Texas Tech University. Participants participated in a faculty-led summer research experience and received summer stipends of $1,200. Participants enrolled full-time at Texas Tech University as math or science majors also received $3,000 in scholarship funding for their freshman and sophomore years. The Texas Tech University PRISM Initiative was broken into two programs: the Pre-College PRISM (PRE-PRISM) Program, and the PRISM Scholars Program. PRE-PRISM Scholars participated during the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, and received preferred admission status for the PRISM Scholars Program the following year, which targeted Texas Tech freshmen and sophomores majoring in mathematics or biology.
  • South Plains Math Fellows: In 2014, the National Science Foundation named Texas Tech University (TTU) with partnering institutions Midland College (MC), Odessa College (OC) and Mesalands Community College (MCC) as recipients of an S-STEM award, the South Plains Mathematics Fellowship program (award no. 1356604). The South Plains Mathematics Fellows (SPMF) program provides for academically talented students from underrepresented, low-income families to receive scholarships for undergraduate study leading to a degree in mathematics. In addition to the standard coursework, SPMF scholars will have a support system designed specifically to enhance their academic experiences and ensure retention and success. Over the five-year life of the program, students will each receive scholarships of up to $10,000 per year. Some will be recruited as freshmen at TTU while others will be recruited as freshmen at MC, OC and MCC and transfer to TTU for their junior and senior years of the program. The scholarships will provide funds for tuition, living expenses, and other costs associated with collegiate studies.
  • Texas Tech Noyce Scholars Program: The Noyce Scholars Program (award no. 0833326) is primarily designed for undergraduate mathematics and science students who are interested in making an impact through teaching. The program is divided in to two portions. The Pre-Noyce Scholars are lower level undergraduate students, who participate in TTU summer K-12 programs, earn $2,000 stipends each summer, and gain valuable experience and a chance to see if teaching is for them. The Noyce Scholars are upper level undergraduate students, who participate in two years for teacher training and K-12 experience, earn $10,000 in scholarships per year, and are required to teach in high needs school districts for 4 years.
  • Proyecto EL SMEd: English Learner Science and Math Education: Proyecto English Learner, Science and Math Education is a federally funded project that supports on-going and intensive professional development activities aimed at improving classroom practice for English Learners (ELs) in science and mathematics education (SMEd). Mainstream and bilingual teachers serving ELs will be required to complete five courses designed to develop their pedagogical content knowledge in science and mathematics in relation to ELs. These courses, based on research-based methods to develop academic literacy, will serve as the basis for obtaining a TTUs degree.