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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


Associate Professor
Science - Biological Sciences
drug addiction, Glycinergic Neurons, Membrane Transport, Trafficking
Featured: Awards

Moody, Michael
Associate Professor
Science - Biological Sciences
Botany, Conservation Genetics, Molecular Ecology, Phylogenetics, Plant Invasion Biology, Systematics
Featured: Awards

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

O'Dell, Laura
Liberal Arts - Psychology
Behavioral Neuroscience, drug addiction, Motivated Behavior, Neural Mechanisms, Neurobiology, Tobacco use
Featured: Awards

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

Related Efforts

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.

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.

COURI workshop series
Related Effort: On-campus and external undergraduate research opportunities (COURI)

COURI offers professional development training to undergraduate researchers across campus. Workshops prepare students for success through high-quality, skills development, interactive, hands on workshops presented by subject experts. 

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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