Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Undergraduate Participation in Bioinformatics Training (UPBiT)
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UPBiT is a research-based program funded in part by the National Science Foundation with stipends available for biology or mathematics majors to participate in individualized 3-year training starting in the sophomore year. Activities include communication workshops, lab training, research rotations, and specialized bioinformatics research projects.
Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
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MARC is a research training program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), an organization within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The MARC program is part of NIGMS’ effort to increase to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities involved in biomedical research by strengthening the science curricula at minority-serving institutions and increasing research training opportunities for students.
UTEP’s MARC program awards 14 scholarships to juniors and seniors. Scholarship recipients participate in:
Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE)
- biomedically-oriented research under the direction of an NIH-approved faculty mentor
- honors courses
- research workshops
- regional, national and international professional research meetings
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RISE is a student development program at the undergraduate and graduate levels designed to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who complete Ph.D. degree programs in biomedical and behavioral research.
RISE provides opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in:
RISE Graduate Scholars Program additional support in the form of mentorship and guidance to help them stay on track toward their degree. RISE graduate scholars also attend national/international conferences to present their research which prepares them for the next step in their academic/research careers.
- laboratory research
- specialty courses that focus on critical thinking and developing research skills
- scientific reading comprehension and writing skills
The RISE Program provides stipends to qualified students in Biological Sciences and Engineering to perform undergraduate research during the academic year. Working under a faculty mentor, students have opportunities to work in research while attending UTEP and working towards their degree.
Student Research Training Center (SRTC)
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SRTC provides information about and coordinates activities for programs focusing on involving undergraduate students in research. The SRTC also provides support for student development and social activities.
Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
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REU provides students with opportunities to explore UTEP’s biology graduate program by pairing with a faculty advisor for a 10-week summer research project. Participants are provided with housing, travel expenses, funds for supplies and a stipend.
Biology Undergraduate Research Training Program (BURS)
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BURS exposes talented undergraduate biology students to scientific research. The program allows them to participate in hands-on research in various laboratories throughout the Department of Biological Science. Students who apply for the BURS program will also be considered for the Bristol/Mayberry Award.
Bridges to the Future (BRIDGES)
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BRIDGES brings El Paso Community College students to UTEP to experience working in research laboratories during the summer. They also receive an introduction to UTEP designed to ease the transition from community college.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP)
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AMP is dedicated to increasing the number of involves under-represented minority students who graduate with degrees in science, engineering and mathematics who plan to pursue graduate degrees.