Centers, Institutes & Projects

Native Soar

A multigenerational sevice-learning mentoring program that equips undergraduate students at the University of Arizona to mentor local middle and high school students. In the program’s two-tier mentoring model, enrolled undergraduates are also mentored by current UA graduate students and professionals from within the Tucson and university communities.


The UA has launched a project to encourage ROTC students and student veterans to pursue careers as scientists and engineers with the U.S. Navy. Led by our Assistant Dean for Research Development and Outreach Sara Chavarria, an interdisciplinary team launched "NAVy Intelligence through Geospatial Applications and TEchnology," or NAVIGATE, a three-year project with more than $748,000 in funding from the Office of Naval Research.NAVIGATE is an immersive science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, or STEM, training program that will provide students with specialized training in geospatial technology while helping them to prepare for STEM careers with the Navy or other military branches or for careers in law enforcement.

Pathways to Teaching

A new, innovative College of Education Teacher Preparation Program that seeks to “grow our own” teachers by supporting Tucson-area residents in earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an ESL endorsement. Developed by Pathways Program Director Marcy Wood, the program is a collaboration between the college’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies and Sunnyside Unified School District. Pathways to Teaching offers students an opportunity for their community to invest in them as a future educator for local schools.