BUILDing SCHOLARS Summer Research Program
(exact dates vary based on placement)
Gain invaluable biomedical research experience. Collaborate with health research experts. Have fun!
Visit the Research Partners page for summer research program descriptions
This exciting summer program matches BUILDing SCHOLARS students with faculty from UTEP and Research Partner institutions, to conduct a full-time 10-week summer research project, based on mutual research interests and mentor availability. Research is conducted at both UTEP and partner institutions.
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:
- Degenerative and Chronic Diseases
- Environmental Health
- Health Disparities
- Infectious Diseases
- Translational Biomedicine
Students also become part of a formal mentoring program to provide students with a faculty mentor who fits their unique research interests and skills.
7 Research Nodes
40 Hours Per Week
10-Week Summer Session
Work with a Faculty Research Expert
Conduct Research at UTEP or one of 13 Research Partner Institutions
Travel, Housing and Food Provided for those Leaving UTEP*
- Current BUILDing SCHOLARS student who has finished his/her freshman, sophomore or junior year.
- The following prerequisites must be fulfilled prior to beginning the Summer Research Program:
- Research Foundations Course (SI 1301) or Research Foundations Workshop
- Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop
- Online CITI Training
- Students are required to complete a minimum of one summer (if they begin as juniors) and maximum of three summers (if they begin as freshmen).
- All UTEP BUILD students are already pre-accepted for the Summer Research Program.
- Students will be placed at a university based on their research interests and available mentors. Their preference for a specific university is considered as part of the matching process (but not guaranteed).
- Students receive their regular BUILD monthly stipend throughout the summer.
- Housing & Travel
- For students leaving El Paso, arrangements are coordinated by faculty and staff at each university. Travel, housing and food expenses for the 10 weeks are covered through the program.
- 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.
- Daycare Cost Assistance
- Students can receive up to $1,800 to offset the costs of daycare for their dependent children while they are participating in the program.
- 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.
- Network with peers and faculty mentors.
- Build research skills and experiences.
- Make important connections with potential graduate programs and doctoral advisors.
- End of March: Students will be matched with a faculty mentor who shares their research interests at one of the participating institutions.
- April: Students will attend an orientation event to review the details and logistics of the program.
- May–August (exact dates vary based on placement): Students will participate in a 10-week summer research program.