Applications will only be accepted electronically.

The application form will be made available online via the links below once the program dates are announced:

Undergraduate Application | High School Teacher Application

Applications must be complete and received by 11:59pm MST on February 1, 2020.

  • 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 2020, and
  • Proof of health insurance coverage

  Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender no later than 11:59pm MST on February 15, 2020.

For Undergraduates

Mid-May thru early August 2020 (To be announced late fall 2019)

*Out of town arrivals are expected to arrive at least two days in advance of the program start date.

For High School Teachers

Mid-June thru early August 2020 (To be announced late fall 2019)

  • 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.

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  on campus accommodations for out of town students.
  • Out of Town students are also eligible to receive up to $600 in travel support
  • 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: