Research and Scholarly Activities
Research and Scholarly activities introduce undergraduate students to the culture of learning by doing, through self-directed inquiry under the guidance of an expert faculty mentor. Students and their research mentors collaborate as partners while exploring topics of interest of them. Each project is unique and depends on the discipline and the type of work the student and mentor decide to pursue.
UTEP offers many opportunities for students to work collaboratively with a faculty mentor and conduct original projects at the forefront of their discipline. A few recent projects conducted by undergraduate students include:
- analyzing the role of news media in political decisions
- synthesizing materials with unusual properties
- studying the response of organisms to new stimuli
- developing new or improved technologies
- studying people’s behavior under specific circumstances
- exploring new methods for producing clean energy
Students can engage in undergraduate research and scholarly activities by:
- Taking a Research-Driven Course
- Conducting a project for credit (e.g., capstone, special problems or independent study courses)
- Working with a faculty mentor on a project through a transcripted, zero-credit research course
- Participating in formal undergraduate research programs, either on campus during the academic year or summer, or at other institutions during the summer. These programs typically provide a stipend and additional professional development opportunities
- Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) – A centralized office dedicated to facilitating, enhancing and showcasing the research training of UTEP and visiting undergraduate students
- First Year Research Intensive Sequence (FYRIS) – A two or three course sequence that provides freshmen (and higher level students too) with course-based undergraduate research experiences that give students credit for courses within their degree plan.
- Getting started How to search for and approach potential research 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.
- Researchain – a UTEP student organization led by undergraduate researchers dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of undergraduate research on campus, creating awareness of the importance of research in the El Paso region, and becoming a meeting point for students from different colleges to discuss their research
- Pathways to Science – a database of opportunities and other resources for students in the sciences
- 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.