Lourdes Echegoyen

Undergraduate Learning Center
El Paso Texas, 79968
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Lourdes E. Echegoyen
Research Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry - Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI)
Director, BUILDing SCHOLARS Center
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

Dr. Echegoyen is the Director of the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI), a unit that opened under her leadership in September 2010. As director of COURI, her goal is to incorporate the best of all high impact educational practices into undergraduate research training to ensure UTEP students achieve academic and professional success. Through collaborations with faculty mentors from all disciplines, COURI's mission is to enrich the experience of UTEP students by facilitating their training in research, scholarly, or creative activities, enhancing their academic success and their professional development, and showcasing the results of their work. COURI's responsibilities include increasing student awareness of internal and external research opportunities, organizing and delivering a series of professional development workshops for undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors, writing proposals and assisting faculty interested in including an undergraduate research component in their grant applications, administering externally and internally funded programs, assisting in the development of strategies that integrate research experiences into course-work, hosting two campus-wide undergraduate research symposia per year, providing advice and leadership for the creation of interdisciplinary teams supporting undergraduate researchers, and catalyzing domestic and international collaborative partnerships for undergraduate research participation. COURI runs both domestic and international research programs spanning all areas of STEM, the arts, humanities and business.


  1. Undergraduate research
  2. Research-teaching integration
  3. STEM education
  4. Chemical education
  5. Global education
  6. Student success
  7. Institutional transformation