BUILDing SCHOLARS

   THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

Travel Awards Program for Faculty

Now Accepting Applications

To encourage the dissemination of approaches, outcomes and results emanating from the full suite of BUILDing SCHOLARS Center activities, the Travel Awards Program supports up to five professional development and/or conference trips per year for affiliated UTEP faculty members and four trips per year for BUILDing SCHOLARS postdoctoral personnel.

Travel awards are determined based on competitive review of applications from eligible faculty and postdoctoral personnel. Each award provides a maximum of $2,000 to cover an individual’s professional development/conference travel expenses.

Award applications are reviewed beginning on July 1 of each year. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a revolving basis thereafter until all funds for each budget year (ending on June 30) are expended.


  • Eligible UTEP faculty members include the following:
    • Developers of BUILDing SCHOLARS research-driven courses
    • Mentors to BUILDing SCHOLARS undergraduate scholarship recipients
    • Recipients of other BUILDing SCHOLARS awards (through the Supermentor, Summer Sabbatical, Pilot Grant, Seed Funding or Research-Teaching Integration programs)
    • Postdoctoral personnel appointed through the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center
  • Travel awards will only be provided to eligible recipients for the purpose of:
    • Personally presenting original products flowing directly from BUILDing SCHOLARS activities at scholarly conferences, meetings, symposia or workshops  
    • Participating in professional development opportunities that will directly enhance the Mission and Vision of BUILDing SCHOLARS
    • “Original products” from BUILDing SCHOLARS activities must focus on activities directly involving undergraduate research training, including those focused on the following:
      • Novel approaches or programs for student, faculty or institutional development in the area of undergraduate research training (e.g., course-based integration of undergraduate research or undergraduate research mentoring programs)
      • Outcomes of undergraduate research training activities (e.g., effects on student engagement, learning, science identity formation, persistence, career progression, etc.)
      • Results from biomedical research activities involving undergraduate research training and supported by the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center (e.g., research results from research-driven courses, faculty-mentored student research projects, Pilot Grant Program, etc.)
        • Note: From the BUILDing SCHOLARS perspective, “Biomedical research” may originate from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, behavioral sciences, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, clinical sciences, math and engineering.
      • The BUILDing SCHOLARS Misson and Vision statements are referenced below:
        • Mission: To implement, evaluate and sustain a suite of institutional, faculty and student development programs and activities that will positively transform the training of the next generation of biomedical researchers from the U.S. Southwest region
        • Vision: To substantially increase the diversity of the biomedical research workforce so that it mirrors the population of the nation
  • Recipients will apply their travel award funds in compliance with BUILDing SCHOLARS and UTEP requirements, as well as all rules/spending limitations applicable to federal grants.
  • Travel awards may not exceed $2,000 per award. Travel awards are limited to U.S. domestic destinations.
  • Applications must be received at least two months prior to the requested travel dates in order to process/review applications and issue awards.

Travel award applications will be reviewed beginning on July 1 of each year. Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a revolving basis thereafter until all funds for each budget year (ending on June 30) are expended. Applications must be submitted as a single PDF file. Applications must be written in 11 point Arial font with 1-inch margins and include the following information:

For Conferences:

  • Name of the applicant
  • Position and contact information of the applicant
  • Applicant’s affiliation with BUILDing SCHOLARS (for eligibility purposes)
  • Title of product to be presented
  • List of authors
  • Conference/meetings/symposia/workshops location and dates
  • Abstract: The abstract must provide a concise description of the product to be presented and must contain no more than 500 words. The abstract should include: rationale supporting the work, including the significance and innovative aspects of the work; the specific hypothesis or hypotheses tested (if applicable); the approach, in terms of aims, design and methods; outcomes or results; and the overall impact of the work (in terms of relevant broader implications).
  • Evidence of abstract/paper acceptance in the form of a letter/e-mail from the conference organizer.
  • Matching resources are encouraged. Applicants should provide details regarding matching resources (if applicable).
For Professional Development:
  • Name of the applicant
  • Position and contact information of the applicant
  • Applicant’s affiliation with BUILDing SCHOLARS (for eligibility purposes)
  • Title and description of activity (no more than 500 words)
  • Conference/meetings/symposia/workshops location and date
  • Description of how this professional development opportunity aligns with, and will enhance BUILD's objectives
  • Evidence of activity registration (Award will be used for reimbursement of costs associated with attendance.) 
  • Matching resources are encouraged. Applicants should provide details regarding matching resources (if applicable).

Applications will be recommended for funding based on a two-step review process. The first step will involve internal evaluation of applications in terms of their compliance with all Travel Awards Program requirements. Only applications that meet program requirements will proceed to the second step of the review process. Step two will involve evaluation by the BUILDing SCHOLARS Leadership Team to prioritize applications for funding based on the overall impact of the work.

For questions or more information about the Travel Awards Program for Faculty, contact Dr. Lawrence Cohn at

Application form: