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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


Boland, Thomas
Engineering - Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering (MMBME)
biomaterials, inkjet printing, tissue engineering
Featured: Awards

Research Assistant Professor
Science - Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chemical Education, global education, institutional transformation, research-teaching integration, STEM Education, student success, undergraduate research
Featured: Awards

Fuentes, Olac
Associate Professor
Engineering - Computer Science
Artificial intelligence, computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing

Johnson, Jerry
Science - Biological Sciences
biogeography, Biosystematics, Conservation, Ecology
Featured: Awards

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

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.

UTEP Related Effort
Funding: This center is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under linked Award Numbers RL5GM118969, TL4GM118971, and UL1GM118970.

The BUILDing SCHOLARS center is dedicated to the implementation, evaluation and sustainability of a suite of institutional, faculty and student development programs and activities that will positively transform the training of the next generation of biomedical researchers from the U.S. Southwest region in an effort to substantially diversify the biomedical research workforce so that it mirrors the population of the nation.

Freshman Year Research Intensive Sequence (FYRIS)
UTEP Related Effort
Funding: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The FYRIS program is a three-course sequence designed to provide freshmen with course-based undergraduate research experiences. The sequence consists of one research foundations course taught through SCI-1301 (a core course) and two semesters of a research track. All courses are part of degree plans in various majors. Some courses are at the junior/senior level.

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.

Professional Development Workshops for Undergraduate Researchers
UTEP Resource

During the academic year and again in the summer, COURI offers a series of professional development workshops to enhance the training of undergraduate students engaged in research, scholarly and creative activities on our campus.

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

The COURI website contains a page with frequently updated information about all undergraduate research programs on campus and external.

Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR)
Related Effort: Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR)

An instrument to assist institutions to self-assess 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 an 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. 


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