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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


Science - Biological Sciences
Cancer, Biochemistry, Immunology, Health Disparities, Cell Biology, Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
Featured: Awards

Science - Biological Sciences
Bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics, Infectious Disease, Microbiology, Parasites, Biochemistry, STEM Education, Curriculum Development
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
Science - Physics
X-ray and Neutron Scattering, Ionic Liquids, Nano-confinement in Pores, Energy Storage, Colloid science, Protein Solution Structure, COVID-19
Featured: Awards

Liberal Arts - Political Science
International Relations; Conflict Studies; Community Engaged Scholarship

Liberal Arts - Political Science
International Relations; Conflict Studies; Community Engaged Scholarship

Related Efforts

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 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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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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