Group photo of Sowell Center faculty and staff.

The Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education for Sensory Disabilities

The Texas Tech University Orientation and Mobility Program has received it's approval from the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of Blind and Visually Impaired.


Upcoming events


   August 25, 2014 - December 3, 2014 - Fall Semester

   January 14, 2015 - May 5, 2015 - Spring Semester

   June 2, 2015 - July 1, 2015 - Summer 1 Semester

   July 7, 2015 - August 5, 2015 - Summer 2 Semester

Student Information

 Dr. Rona Pogrund Selected to Help Implement Braille Changes. 

General Graduate School Fellowships are available to both new and continuing graduate students.  Awards range from $2500 for one year up to $30,000/yr for three years.

Process: Applications are student initiated


Online application opens November 15

       Deadline for applications will be January 15

       Awards announced by March 15

       Acceptance of award from student deadline is April 1.

 TRANSFORMATIVE INITIATIVE: For information on the Transformative Initiative at the College of Education, please click here to view our information module.  The module contains a pre-test, five short videos, and a post-test.  It also contains a click-through description of how to use the TOMS database.

PHASES and TOMS INFORMATION: Please click here to view information on the specific Phases of your program, as well as a video about how to use the TOMS database.

Apply now for 2014-2015 Texas Tech University scholarships on our website at Just click the “2014/15 Current Student Scholarship Application” in the Important Announcements box. This application will get you considered for academic and need based scholarships- but wait! Your college or department is probably using this application too! Maximize your scholarship opportunities by completing the Current Student Scholarship Application. Deadline February 1!

Deadlines for returning the Reach Across Texas application is May 1st to be considered for the Summer semester, June 1st to be considered for the Fall semester and November 1st to be considered for the Spring semester.

Attention students in the teacher of students with visual impairments' program and orientation and mobility specialist's program:

Effective Fall semester 2012, all students who register for EDSP 5093, Internship in Special Education, who are not covered by a grant, will pay a course fee of $750.00 in addition to the tuition cost of the course. This money will cover costs incurred by the university internship supervisor's expenses, who will observe you teach.

Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities
P.O. Box 41071 | Lubbock, TX 79409 | 806-742-2320 | 806-742-2326 FAX