Dr. Arshad Khan and two students working in the lab


The SMART-MIND program will provide a cohort of summer participants with a high quality experience that combines education, novel research in state-of-the-art facilities, training in bioethics, one-on-one and group mentoring, and training in other relevant professional skills.

Students have an opportunity to choose in their application form the project that they would like to work on and the laboratory they are interested in joining. These projects will provide a meaningful exposure to research methodology in neuroscience with a strong emphasis in drug addiction studies

The major emphasis of this program is the research itself and participants will be integrated into the research groups of individual faculty mentors. Each participant will be guided directly by a different member of the Neuroscience Faculty Team.

The SMART-MIND program has a unifying theme; participants share common research goals as well as goals for academic and professional development. Consequently, SMART-MIND participants will meet frequently as a group for discussions, training, formal presentations, workshops and seminars.  At the end of the program students will present the results of their summer's efforts.


Program Duration


Undergraduate students from UTEP and institutions across the US^

11 weeks


High School Teachers

7 weeks


^Visiting students must arrive on at least two days in advance of the program start date.


Undergraduate Students admitted to the program will receive:

  • Approximately $4,400 for 11 weeks
  • Fully furnished apartments consisting of 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, kitchen and living area (if necessary). Apartments include bed linens, high speed Internet, basic cable package, electricity, gas, water, and refrigerated air. No kitchen supplies.
  • Travel reimbursement of up to $600 (out of the El Paso area participants only)


 Science High School Teachers  (from El Paso, TX and its surrounding areas) admitted to the program will receive:

  • Approximately $7,700 for 7 weeks
  • Participate in research training involving laboraty work
  • Attend instructional seminars, professional training workshops and weekly lab meetings
  • Teachers will design 3 short activities or one long (multi-day) activity related to neurobiology and or drug addiction to implement in their classrooms at the end of the program.
  • Will present research results in the summer symposium