The Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning supports two awards: The Engaged Scholar Award for Undergraduate Research and The Engaged Scholar Award for Creative Works. These awards provide you with the opportunity to fund original academic research or creative works project. Receiving an ESA will help you:

  • Gain real-world experience. Develop a new project by submitting a formal project proposal.
  • Experience one-on-one mentoring. Work directly with a faculty mentor to map out your project step-by-step.
  • Apply your skills. Achieve project goals through rigor beyond what you may encounter in a classroom setting alone.
  • Build your CV, Résumé, or Portfolio. Present your project to a public audience to gain experience, exposure, and credibility in your field of study.

Prior to submitting your online proposal, carefully read the ESA Policies. To assist you in completing this application, complete the ESA Worksheet prior to beginning this online application. 

* For accommodations in completing and submitting this application, please contact our office at, calling 956-665-3461, or by scheduling an in-office visit at BSTUN 1.20 or ESTAC 3.106. 

Faculty interested in having CTE review their course will need to submit an official service learning designation application. To complete this form, you will need:
  • Course details (course number, title, and CRN for each course section to be designated, class meeting style)
  • Semester(s) which course is usually taught with service learning
  • Community partner details (who identifies - student or faculty, service learning project themes, community partner themes)
  • A syllabus for the course
See Developing a Learner-Centered Syllabus at or Service Learning website at

For questions, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 

Fine Art & Poetry Exhibition sponsored by UTRGV School of Art with the collaboration of the South Texas Border Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists.

The Juried Art & Poetry Exhibition, "Nature of the Valley" will be open to UTRGV students and the surrounding UTRGV/Rio Grande Valley community. The purpose is to create awareness on the beauty and conservation of the environment. 

Who: Open to artists who currently live or have previously lived in the Rio Grande Valley.

Media: All media (except photography) can participate depicting the Nature of the Rio Grande Valley - local habitats, flora, or fauna, landscapes and more, in any style. Poetry inspired by the Nature of the Rio Grande Valley will also be selected.

Deadline: Submission Deadline = Friday, December 7,  2018 at 11:59PM CST

Announcement of Selected Works = Friday, December 28, 2018 (via email)

Delivery of selected artwork = Friday, January 18 2019 @ Charles & Dorothy Clark Gallery at UTRGV

Exhibition Dates: Friday, February 8 - Friday, March 15, 2019

Reception: Friday, February 8, 2019; 6:00pm-8:00pm

View Flyer here:

*NOTE: Up to 3 submissions per artist will be accepted for review. Each piece will need to be submitted separately.

Engaged Scholarship & Learning at UTRGV