Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives

COURI offers professional development training to undergraduate researchers across the campus.  Our workshops prepare students for success through high-quality, interactive, hands on workshops led by subject experts. 

The goals of the workshop series are to:

    • • Equip students with additional skills necessary to succeed as undergraduate researchers
    • • Prepare students for the best summer research programs available in the US and abroad
    • • Better prepare undergraduate students for the best graduate and professional programs in the US and abroad
    • • Provide UTEP faculty mentors with students that are better prepared for the challenges of undergraduate research participation.

NOTE: Attendees must be enrolled in an RSRC 4033 course to attend. We are using the CampusEdge registration system. If you do not have a UTEP email account, please create a profile using the link on the registration page to save your attendance history.


Upcoming Workshops

Responsible Conduct of Research

Saturday, October 13, 2018 Registration Deadline
Registration Link 9pm - October 5
Students will learn about research integrity and the difference between research misconduct and questionable research practices. They will take a close look at the most recent cases of misconduct that have made it to headline news. Participants will work in groups to discuss and reflect on very relevant case studies based on specific topics of current interest. All materials, including the National Academies “On Being a Scientist, A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research”, will be provided.


Professional Application Documents: An Applied Workshop Series

Thursdays, 6:00 - 7:30 PM  Fridays, 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Registration Link Registration Link 
First session: October 18 First session: October 19
Throughout your academic career you will encounter programs and opportunities that require you to submit an application. This workshop series will assist you in preparing documents for an application to a program or opportunity of your choice; whether it is a graduate program, summer internship or scholarship/fellowship application. Throughout this workshop series you will develop an application package with advise from COURI staff and and will receive individual feedback from fellow participants and/or COURI staff to improve your documents. The goal for the end of the series is for you to have a complete application package ready to submit to the opportunity of your choice.

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST attend the first session and every session of this series. This is an in-person time commitment of 6 hours (1.5 hrs x 4 working sessions). You will become part of a special Blackboard course to upload your documents as we progress through each portion of the series. If you do not upload a document or miss one of the sessions you will be ineligible for the remainder of the series.


Preparing an Abstract about your Research

TBA Registration Deadline:
Registration Link TBA
This workshop is intended to further enhance students’ technical writing skills. Emphasis will be placed on using research reports to develop abstracts for technical symposia. Important elements of a good abstract, best practices, and common mistakes will be discussed. Participants will have ample opportunity to review, critique and revise samples as well as write and edit their own.


Preparing & Delivering a Presentation about your Research

TBA Registration Deadline:
Registration Link TBA
In the first part of this workshop, participants will learn about what constitutes a good technical poster and will make a draft from their own research report. In the second part, students will learn the basics of presenting their posters to expert and non-expert audiences.


Previously Offered Workshops

Getting Started in Research

TBA Registration Link

Topics of discussion include what constitutes research; what are the various stages of the research cycle; what are the benefits of involvement in undergraduate research; how to prioritize and schedule responsibilities; what are the professional skills that characterize a good researcher; how to search for and connect with a research advisor in the area of interest; what does it take to build a productive mentor-mentee relationship; and what are the dynamics of teamwork in a research group.


Preparing a Professional Path

TBA Registration Link

This workshop involves a presentation and work in small groups. Depending on scheduling, a round table discussion with graduate students and faculty may be included to provide participants with the knowledgebase necessary for discussion. The guiding theme for the workshop is “What do you want to be when you grow up: Mapping the road for success, driving on the road, shifting gears, and what to do when you get there (or not)”.
Topics of discussion will include:
• What is an advance degree and what does it take to get one? Is it for me?
• Why, how, where, and when to apply to graduate school
• How to succeed in graduate school: Ins and outs
• What to do after you get the degree
• Do I want a career in academia or elsewhere?


Preparing a Resume & Curriculum Vitae

TBA Registration Link
In collaboration with UTEP's Career Center, this workshop will cover:
• the ABCs of a good resume
• the key differences between a resume and CV
• interview basics
• marketing yourself in the digital age