BUILDing SCHOLARS

   THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

 Program Overview:

  • $4,000 Stipend

  • 40 Hours Per Week

  • 10-Week Summer Sessions

  • 7 Research Nodes

  • Work with a Faculty Research Expert

  • Join a Mentoring Program

  • Research & Professional Development Opportunities

  • Travel & Housing Assistance*

  • And MORE!


  • * More details under Financial Assistance.

Pipeline Partner Institutions


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For Pipeline Partner Students


BUILDing SCHOLARS UTEP Summer Research Program

May 29th — August 4th, 2018

Applications accepted from November 15th, 2017 – February 9th, 2018

Gain invaluable biomedical research experience. Collaborate with health research experts. Get paid. Have fun!



This exciting program matches students from BUILDing SCHOLARS Pipeline Partner institutions with UTEP faculty to conduct a full-time 10-week summer research project based on mutual research interests and mentor availability.

Students receive one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors on a cutting-edge biomedical research project in one of seven research nodes: addiction, cancer, degenerative and chronic diseases, environmental health, health disparities, infectious diseases and translational biomedicine.

Examples of faculty-mentored research projects include:

Students also become part of a formal mentoring program, through the Chronus on-line mentoring platform, which includes an innovative online profile-based mentor matching protocol designed to provide students with a faculty mentor who fits their unique research interests and skills.

All research will be conducted at UTEP.

A notarized Affidavit of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency Form (link to form) will be required to complete your application. For the list of acceptable documents visit http://www.tn.gov/safety/article/dlcitizen to complete application. Please note that you will upload this document to complete application. If selected you will be required to present the original Affidavit of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency form.

  • The student must be finishing his/her freshman or sophomore year in May 2018. Those students finishing their junior or senior year in May 2018 are not eligible to apply.
  • U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.
  • 3.0 GPA or above is strongly desired.
  • The program is open to students from a variety of majors including:
    • Behavioral sciences
    • Social sciences
    • Life sciences
    • Physical sciences
    • Clinical sciences
    • Math
    • Engineering
  • The student should be interested in one of seven transdisciplinary research nodes: addiction, cancer, degenerative and chronic diseases, environmental health, health disparities, infectious diseases and translational biomedicine.
  • Currently enrolled at, and returning for the next academic year to, one of the following schools:
    • El Paso Community College (EPCC)
    • Texas Southern University (TSU)
    • Northern New Mexico College (NNMC)
    • Western New Mexico University (WNMU)
    • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI)
    • Other New Mexico-INBRE institutions
      • New Mexico State University (NMSU)
      • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT)
      • Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU)
      • New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU)
      • San Juan College (SJC)
      • New Mexico Tribal Colleges

 


  • Stipend, Housing & Travel to UTEP
    Students receive:
    • $4,000 in wages for research work.
    • Housing at on-campus apartments if not currently residing in El Paso, TX.
    • Up to $400 in travel expenses for travel to and from El Paso, TX if not currently residing in El Paso.
  • Competitive Travel Award Program
    • Students can apply for a minimum of $600 to cover travel costs in order to present their research at a regional or national academic conference during the academic year.
  • Research Supply Money
    • Up to $1,000 in research supply money is awarded to each student’s research mentor so that he/she can provide the student with the supplies needed to complete the project.

Students:

  • Become a member of a productive research team.
  • Receive one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors on a cutting-edge biomedical research project in one of seven research nodes.
  • Become part of a formal mentoring program, through an online mentoring platform, which includes an innovative online profile-based mentor matching protocol designed to provide students with a faculty mentor who fits their unique research interests and skills.

Students:

  • Receive mentee training to help develop the skills needed to grow as a researcher.
  • Complete a weeklong “Foundations of Research Course” (zero-credit) before their research project begins.
  • Attend professional development workshops designed to help the student grow as a scholar and be competitive for graduate school admission
  • Are pre-accepted, based on satisfactory performance during their first summer at UTEP, to return to the program for a second summer at UTEP with the same mentor or another mentor (depending on preferences) or to one of several programs at a research partner institution.

Students:

  • Become part of the prestigious NIH-funded BUILDing SCHOLARS Center, which is transforming biomedical research capacity in the U.S. Southwest.
  • Network with peers and faculty mentor through this cohort of approximately 40 students from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

  • The program runs from May 29th — August 4th, 2018 (10 weeks). Students must be available for this entire 10-week period.
  • Applications are due February 9, 2018. The online application system will open by November 15, 2017.
  • In early March of 2018, students will be notified about their acceptance.
  • By the end of March 2018, students will be matched with their faculty mentors.

 

Apply

New applicants: click here

Returning Summer BUILD Scholars: click here