What: BUILDing SCHOLARS Research Symposium

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018 (Session 1: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., Session 2: 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)

Where: El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center, UTEP Campus

Contact: BUILD Office, (915) 747-8717

It’s not every day that a mentee/mentor team has the opportunity to present their research overseas, but for UTEP BUILD junior Luisa Castillo and ASU assistant professor of nutrition, Corrie M. Whisner, Ph.D., that’s how they wrapped up 2017.

Twelve faculty members from UTEP and BUILDing SCHOLARS partner institutions were selected for the 2016 BUILDing SCHOLARS Supermentor Program—a competitive 11-month program that serves to strengthen ties between BUILD partner institutions, advance faculty’s research skills and competitiveness for external funding, and enhance student mentoring skills.

Each selected mentee is paired with a Research Partner faculty member who has experience with mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds, gaining extramural funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and producing co-authored papers and presentations.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees! We thank the NIH for making these collaborative efforts possible.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees and mentors. We thank the NIH for making these collaborative efforts possible.

This opportunity provides interested faculty members from UTEP and the BUILDing SCHOLARS Pipeline Partner institutions to collaborate with a host faculty member at one of 13 Research Partner institutions on health-related research.

The applicant spends 10 weeks working with his/her host on a research project, gaining new research skills and experiences. At end of the summer, the applicant must provide a collaboration plan, such as a plan for journal article submissions, grant proposals, etc., describing how their partnership with their host will proceed.

It has been a busy summer at the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center and at the University. We’ve welcomed new students, wished our graduates good luck, and said “see you in August” to our fellows who traveled to other institutions. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) also ranked No. 1 in the Brookings Institution Study of U.S. Public Universities out of 342 public universities for “performing well in both research and social mobility.”

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