Undergraduate Research
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The Undergraduate Research iMove Community connects faculty and professional staff who wish to share data, knowledge, experiences, and best practices in undergraduate research, scholarly and creative activities. UTEP's Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) serves as the central unit on campus for facilitating undergraduate training in research, scholarly, or creative activities, enhancing student's academic success and professional development, and showcasing the results of their work.


The community aspires to: - Learn from members - Promote interdisciplinary undergraduate initiatives - Share effective practices - Learn about and disseminate undergraduate research opportunities


  1. Mentored Research
  2. Professional development
  3. Research Intensive Courses
  4. Research Methods
  5. Scholarly and Creative Activities
  6. Student development
  7. Undergraduate mentoring
  8. Undergraduate research
  9. Undergraduate training


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic


Engineering - Electrical and Computer Engineering
3D Printed Electronics, Additive manufacturing, Electronics for Harsh Environments, Low Power Electronics, Rad Hard Electronics

Moody, Michael
Assistant Professor
Science - Biological Sciences
Botany, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Phylogenetics, Plant Invasion Biology, Systematics

Liberal Arts - Psychology
Hispanic health disparities, methodology, Psychometrics, quantitative psychology

Wiebe, John
Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Psychology
adherence, chronic illness, coping, HIV, mental health, Testing

Science - Biological Sciences
Anti-cancer Drug Discovery, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Health Disparities, Immunology

Related Efforts

RISE Option III: Research Scholars Program
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: This program is funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).
Contact: Renato Aguilera

The primary objective of the RISE Scholars Program at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is to increase the participation of disadvantaged underrepresented minority students (URM) in biomedical research. The UTEP RISE Program is comprised of two distinct populations of trainees: a) Students that participate in research projects as undergraduates and b) Graduate students working towards a Ph.D. degree.

Affinity Research Group Model
Funding: NSF DUE-0443061, DUE-092033, and CNS-050592
Contact: Ann Gates

A set of practices built on a cooperative team framework to support the creation and maintenance of dynamic and inclusive groups. ARG extends the number of students involved in research through inclusion of those who have the capability, but who have not considered research. ARG students become productive members of research teams through the deliberate and intentional development of the technical, team, and professional skills and knowledge required for cooperative work.

On-campus and external undergraduate research opportunities (COURI)

The Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) seeks to enrich the undergraduate experience of students by facilitating, enhancing and showcasing their research training. This mission lies at the core of UTEP’s goal of becoming the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic.

Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR)

An instrument to assist institutions to self-asses the maturity of their undergraduate research programs. The instrument aspires to present the best practices in undergraduate research. It can be used as a guide for institutions that are striving to enhance the learning experiences of students through research program. It can also be used as a beacon for institutions that are in the beginning stages of developing and undergraduate research program.

A Handbook of Effective Practices for Promoting Diversity and Involving Undergraduates in Research Groups
Related Effort: Affinity Research Group Model

The ARG handbook can be used as a step-by-step guide for newly formed research groups or as a reference manual for more established ones. Because groups differ in purpose and personality, the structure and activities presented can be adapted as needed to accommodate various environments, research areas, and audiences. 

Affinity Research Group workshops and activities
Related Effort: Affinity Research Group Model
Ann Gates

The ARG model facilitates workshops and structured activities that develop student members’ technical, communication, research, and cooperative group skills. Students develop research skills throughout the semester by working with the faculty mentor and through their pairing with more experienced student researchers. 

Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is a national organization whose mission is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. CUR hosts an undergraduate research poster session on Capitol Hill, produces a Quarterly journal, and organizes institutes and conferences for students, faculty and program directors.
UTEP is an institutional member of CUR, along with over 900 other colleges and universities.

Research Mentoring
Effective Practice

Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison dedicated to provide resources to improve research mentoring relationships. It provides curricula, assessment tools and resources relevant for mentors and mentees, as well as those who would like to implement mentor training.


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