Professors at the Harte Research Institute are very busy and have little time for students. However, they are very well known in their fields and it is a benefit to be associated with them. Funding is very plentiful for those who work at HRI.
Atmosphere of Corpus Christi is sort of dry and dirty. More precipitation to the North produces green vegetation. South is even more dry.
If you are thinking of attending school in a tropical paradise, think again. Head to the east coast.