Capitalizing upon the successful outcomes and experiences gained from a previously National Science Foundation-funded Science Technology Engineering Mathematics RTI program at UTEP, the BUILDing SCHOLARS Research and Teaching Integration (BUILD-RTI) Program is designed to increase the effectiveness of undergraduate education in biomedical disciplines broadly defined. The program integrates mentored research, guided course module development, and peer-led teaching and learning to enhance the learning experience of BUILD Scholars at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Ten selected UTEP BUILD Scholars (mainly at the junior level) and their faculty mentors each year will engage in a highly effective BUILD-RTI program starting in early 2016. This program will provide the select group of BUILD Scholars with the ability to translate their research findings into laboratory and/or classroom teaching modules, and practice the art of teaching.

The main goals and objectives of the BUILD RTI Program is to:
Improve the BUILD Scholars training and skills in preparation for graduate school, biomedical teaching careers or the biomedical workforce broadly defined.

The objectives of the BUILD RTI Programs are to:

  • Provide fellows with a unique professional development opportunity to develop and practice the art of content development, teaching early on
  • Provide training in effective academic teaching and active learning practices
  • Enable and support fellows to translate their summer/academic year research experiences into laboratory/classroom module development and teaching

How does it work?

In the BUILD RTI Program undergraduate BUILD researchers (and in exceptional cases non-BUILD student researchers) will be trained to convert an aspect of their faculty mentored research projects into teaching modules that fit into one of their professor’s undergraduate courses. They will then use active learning techniques and teach these modules to undergraduate students taking those courses.

    • UTEP BUILD Junior level Scholar (in exceptional cases, UTEP BUILD Sophomores level Scholars and UTEP non-BUILD Juniors will be considered)
    • A 3.25 GPA or above
    • Completion of at least one mentored summer and/or academic semester research experience in one of the following transdisciplinary or related research areas: addiction, cancer, degenerative and chronic diseases, environmental health, health disparities, infectious diseases, translational biomedicine
    • A variety of majors including those in the behavioral-, social, life-, physical-, clinical-, and health sciences, nursing, mathematics, and engineering will be considered


    • The BUILD RTI fellows will:
    • Engage in a unique professional development opportunity focused on translation of their research findings into teaching
    • Acquire training and hands-on experience to become an excellent instructor
    • Prepare to enhance their graduate school performance,
    • Actively participate in workshops provided by The Center for Faculty Leadership and Development (CFLD) to learn about effective and efficient teaching methods
    • Receive a travel stipend ($1,200) to present the outcomes of their RTI fellowship at an educational or mentoring regional or national conference
      The BUILD RTI faculty (researchers) mentors will:
    • Have a unique opportunity to share their teaching philosophy and transfer some of their teaching experiences and skills to their undergraduate mentees
  • The application process will be coordinated through the Intuitional Development Core (IDC) of the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center and will open in the spring, for the following academic year. Selections will be made in the summer and the program will start in the fall. A Proposal Review Board will complete the review process of the BUILD RTI applications. Below (under Apply) is the BUILD RTI Application.


    • The program runs from Fall 2018 – Spring 2019.
    • The on-line application system opens on September 2018 and applications are due on October 5, 2018.
    • In late October 2018, student-faculty teams will be notified about their acceptance into the BUILD RTI Program.