OUTREACH PROGRAM SUPPORT
Research is the central function of the LaMontagne Center; however, outreach programs also play an important role in fulfilling our mission. It is important to inspire and encourage our youngest citizens of society into the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The outreach programs of the LaMontagne Center help prepare future students to make successful transitions into science fields, including students who are underrepresented in the field. For instance, one current outreach program at the LaMontagne Center provides summer research opportunities for a select number of minority students from Texas undergraduate institutions.
At the LaMontagne Center for Infectious Disease, we also aim to provide fellowships to leading researchers to perform cutting edge research for the LaMontagne Center. This clinical fellows program is essential to establish strong clinical collaborations between UT Austin researchers and clinicians in the Austin area. As the medical school grows, the LaMontagne Center hopes to expand this program to more and more collaborators.
As an interdepartmental organization on the University of Texas at Austin campus, we also intend to synergize infectious disease efforts on campus and be the focal point for outreach into the Austin medical community. Donations would support the organization and operation of our seminar series. The seminar series features speakers who have established cross-campus collaborations focusing on UT Austin, UT Dell Medical School, and Seton associations. Speakers are from both UT Austin and the local medical community.