Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

The Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives (COURI) seeks to enrich the undergraduate experience of students by facilitating, enhancing and showcasing their research training. This mission lies at the core of UTEP’s goal of becoming the first national research university with a 21st century student demographic. This goal will be achieved with undergraduate student participation through the first-rate personal mentoring and training that undergraduate (UG) research experiences are able to provide. With its demonstrated impact on learning, retention and graduation rates, a strong emphasis on UG research will allow UTEP to increase its productivity in increased graduation numbers, shortened time-to-degree, and Closing the Gaps, all emphases areas highlighted recently by the University of Texas System Board of Regents.

The overall goal of the office is to use undergraduate research and the special training opportunities that it provides as the vehicle to prepare all students on campus to compete effectively for the best graduate and professional programs in the world and to prepare them to join a 21st century workforce that is globally engaged. To this end, the principal objectives are to:

  • • Support and enhance existing undergraduate student-faculty research projects
  • • Initiate and support new undergraduate student-faculty research projects
  • • Catalyze opportunities for undergraduate students and faculty to engage in research collaborations
      with other institutions and programs, both in the US and abroad
  • • Showcase research conducted by UTEP undergraduate student-faculty teams
  • • Provide training to enhance curricular work