Applications will only be accepted electronically.

The application form is located online at this site:

Undergraduate Application | High School Teacher Application

Applications must be complete and received by 11:59pm MST on February 1, 2018.

  • 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) or higher,
  • Rising Juniors and Seniors, however outstanding applications from rising Sophomores will also be considered,
  • Seniors graduating on or after December 2018, and
  • Proof of health insurance coverage

  Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender no later than 11:59pm MST on February 15, 2018.

For Undergraduates

May 21 thru August 4, 2018

Out of town arrivals are May 19, 2018

For High School Teachers

June 18 thru August 4, 2018

  • Reside on campus during the program (out-of-town undergraduates only)
  • Work 40 hours per week
  • Actively participate in a research program
  • Complete all safety and laboratory training requirements
  • Attend additional workshops and seminars
  • Present project data at the end-of-summer symposium on August 4, 2018

Yes. All program participants will be paid a stipend as follows (totals are pre-tax):

  • Undergraduates: approximately $4,400 for the 11-week program, plus accommodations (if necessary).
  • Undergraduates from outside the El Paso region will receive travel support up to $600.
  • High school teachers: approximately $7,700 for 7 weeks.

Note: some meals and snacks will be provided on symposium and workshop days, but you will be expected to support your own daily expenses for food, recreation, etc.

Absolutely! The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a doctoral, minority-serving (~80% Hispanic – reflecting the local population), research-intensive university located on the U.S. border with Mexico. Currently, we serve more than 23,000 students, and our mission is to provide both access and excellence, supporting the education and development of our community. In fact, UTEP’s goal is to become the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic.

El Paso is home to approximately 800,000 residents; combined with our sister city of Ciudad Juárez in Mexico (pop. ~1.2 million), we are the largest bi-national metroplex in the world. Research efforts at UTEP focus on border relevant issues, in line with our commitment to improving the health and well-being of people in this region. UTEP is home to the Sun Bowl and the UTEP Miners, led by our mascot, Paydirt Pete. Come visit us - we’d love to show you around! You can also visit our website: