At UTEP, students can expand their learning through participating in a creative project under the mentorship of a faculty expert. Each project is unique and depends on the discipline and the type of work the student and mentor decide to pursue. From composing music or studying the work of a noted writer to creating a new piece of art-work or theatrical performance piece, UTEP offers many opportunities for students to work collaboratively with a faculty mentor and conduct original projects at the forefront of their discipline.
Analogous to conducting research or scholarly activities, by participating in a creative endeavor, UTEP students will:
- gain experience working in their discipline before they graduate
- develop important skills highly valued by employers, such as critical thinking, applying knowledge to new situations, complex problem solving, creativity, time-management, effective communication, team work skills, and leadership
- network with professionals in their field of interest
- become a life-long, self-learner
- boost their CV/resume
- strengthen their application for graduate or professional programs
- The Center for Arts Entrepreneurship - designed to prepare music and other creative arts students for successful careers in the 21st century, this new center created by UTEP and El Paso Pro-Musica to engage students in projects and workshops geared toward resume enhancement, creating digital portfolios, audience development, and performance opportunities.
- Rubin Center for the Visual Arts – Located on the UTEP campus, the center offers a direct experience with contemporary art of international recognition and importance to the El Paso-Juarez region. It also serves as a learning site for UTEP students and the surrounding community.
- Theatre and Dance Student Organizations
- Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) – A centralized office dedicated to facilitating, enhancing and showcasing the training of UTEP and visiting undergraduate students interested in participating in research, scholarly or creative activities
- Getting started How to search for and approach potential mentors
- Academic year and summer program opportunities – a database of UTEP and external programs students can apply for to receive stipend support, professional development training and more
- National Dance Education Organization – In addition to conference scholarships, NDEO provides professional development, networking forums, honor societies, journals, research and advocacy tools for teachers, administrators and students in the field of dance arts education.
- The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) - An organization that promote dialogue, research, and learning among practitioners of theatre design and technology
- Researchain – a UTEP student organization led by undergraduate researchers dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities on campus, creating awareness of the importance of those activities in the El Paso region, and becoming a meeting point for students from different colleges to discuss their research, scholarly and creative activities
- Mentoring – a page with resources (scroll to the bottom of the page) for mentors and mentees framed around the four phases of the mentoring relationship
- Council on Undergraduate Research Student Events and Resources – The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national organization with affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals who share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students. This page provides information about CUR sponsored national conferences for undergraduate researchers and other resources for students to advance their careers.