Member Institutions

DIG TEXAS comprises approximately 35 higher education institutions across the State working collaboratively to develop strategies for a sustainable statewide program that will:

  1. Support teachers of the new. capstone course for Texas 12th graders, “Earth and Space Science” which is an option to fulfill the 4 years of science required to graduate under the recommended high school planEncourage appreciation of, and competency in, geosciences among Texas high school students and teachers; and
  2. Establish a coordinated recruiting plan by the participating institutions to engage more students (including those from underrepresented populations) to enter geosciences at the college level.

DIG Texas

The partnering universities (TAMU and UT-Austin) have the flagship geosciences programs in Texas and are recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in both science and education. Each has a long history of efforts to enhance diversity in geosciences, which has led to numerous initiatives at both campuses being led by the highest-level administration. On a broader level, these institutions have a demonstrated commitment to campus-wide diversity enhancement in student, faculty, and staff populations.

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) sets a national standard of excellence in geosciences research and education. AGU seeks to diversify the geosciences community through outreach and education.

Hub Institutions

There are 11 DIG TEXAS hub institutions.  These institutions maintain personal contact with key individuals (leadership teams) in their regions and support the incorporation of additional institutions into the overall process. They also post periodic reports on their progress on the website.

  1. Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences
  2. The University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences
  3. Lamar University, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
  4. Stephen F. Austin State University, Department of Geology
  5. Texas A&M International University, College of Arts and Sciences
  6. Texas Tech University, Department of Geosciences
  7. The University of Texas at Arlington, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  8. The University of Texas at Brownsville, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Department
  9. The University of Texas at El Paso, Department of Geological Sciences
  10. Trinity University, Department of Geosciences
  11. University of Houston, Department of Earth and Atmosheric Science

Partner Institutions

Would you like to join the DIG TEXAS network Texas colleges and universities with programs in: 1) Earth sciences; 2) Environmental sciences; 3) Geology; or 4) Physical geography are invited to join the DIG TEXAS network. Contact us for more information.