NHERI Summer

July 24-28, 2017

The first annual NHERI Summer Institute will be held on July 24-28, 2017, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for K-12 educators, engineers, and researchers who want to learn more about the Natural Hazards Engineering Research (NHERI) community.

Topics of the five day event will cover:

  • • The mission of the NHERI program
  • • Writing a grant proposal through grant writing & design workshops
  • • Requesting research resources within the NHERI network
  • • The NHERI Science Plan
  • • Computational research and data management through hands-on participation.


All interested in participating are welcome to attend.  Early career faculty (i.e., non-tenured professors) and early career professionals can apply below for limited travel funding available to the program.  Local K-12 educators who are interested can also apply for a stipend to cover participation in the program.


The NHERI Summer Institute will take place on the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) campus.
The NHERI Summer Institute will take place on campus at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and is hosted by the Education and Community Outreach (ECO) team.  The Sombrilla Plaza fountain pictured above is one of the popular spots to see while visiting the UTSA campus.

Attending in Person

Parking is available on the UTSA campus for attendees in the Bauerle Garage.  Most events for the Summer Institute will take place within the Faculty Center located on the fourth floor of the John Peace Library.  Some events are also located in the nearby Biotechnology Sciences and Engineering building.

On-site registration will be at a diferent time and location each day as listed in the full agenda below.  Please confirm the location and time for the day you will be arriving at the Summer Institute.  Times in the agenda are given local to San Antonio which is the Central time zone. 

PDF: UTSA Campus Map Near Faculty Center
PDF: UTSA Libraries Faculty Center Map


There is no fee for attending the NHERI Summer Institute.  Everyone attending the event is asked to register so organizers can plan event spaces, accommodations, and meals for the week.  After registering, be sure to arrange travel to the San Antonio area and lodging reservations near the UTSA campus (details below).  Early career attendees who have applied for the limited travel funding will also need to submit this registration form once selected.

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Attending Remotely

For those unable to join us in San Antonio this year, the Summer Institute sessions will be streamed live over the Zoom conferencing service.  DesignSafe uses the Zoom service for all web conferencing needs, and it is free to participants with no login necessary.  Anyone planning to watch the Summer Institute remotely is asked to test their comptuer setup before the event at https://zoom.us/test/ which will prompt the installation of any needed Zoom software and begin a demo meeting to ensure it is working.

Summer Institute sessions will take place in three rooms on the UTSA campus, and they can be attended remotely by simply visiting the unique link for the session room during the session time (listed in the agenda in the Central time zone):

John Peace Library Assembly Room sessions:

Faculty Center Conference Room sessions:

BSE Multi-Purpose Room sessions:

Sessions will be recorded and made available shortly after the Summer Institute.



Attendees can look forward to a week filled with events on a wide range of topics about the NHERI program.  The general topics for each day will be:


Introduction to NHERI

Proposal and grant writing workshops

User Forum Open House Reception


The NHERI Science Plan

Computational research and data management sites presentations

Using the SimCenter and RAPID facilities


NHERI experimental research sites presentations

K-12: TeachEngineering Lesson Planning


Applications and experimentation using NHERI equipment and data

K-12: NHERI career panel


Educational and community outreach design

Closing reflection


For a full schedule of events, download the
Summer Institute 2017 Agenda

Welcome to San Antonio, TX!

The NHERI Summer Institute will be hosted on the campus of University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Summer Institute participants are encouraged to stay at the Wyndham Garden hotel close to the UTSA campus with free shuttle transportation.  A block of rooms has been reserved at a rate of $100 per night with breakfast buffet included.  Please call the hotel directly at 210-690-0300 and reference the NHERI Summer Institute.

K-12 Teachers Stipend Application

The NHERI grant has funding to cover a limited number of early career faculty members (i.e., non-tenured professors) and early career professionals for travel assistance to the Summer Institute program.  Local K-12 educators can still apply for a stipend for participating.  Unfortunately, the program cannot sponsor international travel assistance at this time.  


K-12 Teachers — Apply Now!

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