Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

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Application Period: February 1 - March 15 Annually



The SURPASS Program supports highly motivated faculty-student teams for 10 weeks of multidisciplinary, hands-on research. Each team prepares a project proposal packet that includes a project description and mentoring plan. SURPASS students will also receive professional development through workshops and social/cultural activities. The aim of the program is to encourage students to gain valuable professional skills through immersion in research projects and cultural exchange, enabling them to acquire a deeper understanding of our global connectedness.

Acceptance is contingent upon funding.


All UTEP undergraduate students, regardless of citizenship status are eligible to apply.

To qualify, students must

  • Be in good academic standing (Minimum 2.0 Cumulative GPA)
  • Graduate no sooner than the Fall or Spring term AFTER the program
  • Have identified a faculty research mentor to prepare a project proposal as a team (see guidelines link below)
  • Have been enrolled for 12 semester credit hours for preceding Fall and Spring semesters
  • Enroll in your mentor's RSRC 4033 summer course
  • Must not have another UTEP Job for the duration of the program

NOTE: Faculty mentors must have a full-time teaching and/or research appointment.


Students will receive an hourly rate of $9.66 per hour for 15 hours per week over the course of the program (150 hours total).

All student awardees will have to commit to certain requirements including, but not limited to:


Proposal Guidelines

Online Application

Acceptance is contingent upon funds available.