The role of research partner institutions is to provide world-class research experiences for UTEP faculty and students, as well as for our pipeline partners, through programs such as the BUILDing SCHOLARS Scholarship, Summer Research Program, and additional enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

Research partners are also committed to involving their participating faculty in mentoring training. Several research partners have also committed to reserving a set number of graduate school slots for graduates from the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Principal Investigator: Swapna Reddy, JD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Health Solutions
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Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

Principal Investigator: Laurie Connor, Ph.D.
Director, Summer Undergraduate Research (SMART)
Development (IMSD & PREP)
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
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Clemson University

Clemson University

Principal Investigator: Narendra Vyavahare, Ph.D.
Director, South Carolina COBRE Center of Biomaterials for Tissue Regeneration
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
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Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

Principal Investigator: Luis Lujan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Neurologic Surgery


Rice Univeristy

Rice University

Principal Investigator: Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

Principal Investigator: Frans Tax, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
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University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut

Principal Investigator: Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
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University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin

Principal Investigator: Mia Markey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
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University of Texas Southwestern

University of Texas Southwestern

Principal Investigator: Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate School Professor, Department of Microbiology
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University of Utah

University of Utah

Principal Investigator: Sara Grineski, Ph.D.
Professor, Sociology Department

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