University of Texas at El Paso

RISE - Thursday, August 17, 2006
The RISE Journal Club meets every Friday at 3 pm in Biology room 203. 



  Welcome to the Student Research Training Center (SRTC) website your place to find information about student research training programs. The SRTC serves as the referral center for the programs involved in exposing undergraduates to biomedical research careers. The SRTC will coordinate activities with the various training programs at this campus and cooperate in student development and social activities that will contribute to the overall success of the participating programs. At the SRTC, you can obtain information on the various activities related to the training programs such as Faculty Seminars, Journal Clubs, ethics, GRE preparation courses and many other workshops. Click on the programs tab to learn and find out more about the various research training programs and their opportunities.

The Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) provides minority graduate and undergraduate students support in biomedical and behavioral research with  mentors, activities, workshops, and research expererience.  These help to increase students knowledge, skills, and information as they move to more advanced levels and ultimately attain the Ph.D. degree.  Students receive a stipend per semester.  Dr. Renato Aguilera (Biology) directs this program.

The UTEP Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) goal is to increase traditionally under-represented groups in biological science research.  It provides students with an opportunity to inspect a biology graduate program here at UTEP.  A total of 10 students are selected and paired with a faculty advisor to engage in a 10 week summer research project.  Participants are provided with housing, travel expenses, funds for supplies and a stipend.  Dr. Tina Garza (Biology) directs this program.

BURS- The Biology Undergraduate Research Training Program (BURS) exposes talented undergraduate biology students to scientific research.  The program provides students financial support that allows them to participate in hands on research projects invarious laboratories in the Department of Biological Science.  Dr. Renato Aguilera (Biology) directs this program.  (When you click on BURS you will be taken to the Department of Biological Sciences web page.  Please click on student opportunities to be taken to the BURS site.)  *Students who apply for the BURS program will also be considered for the Bristol/Mayberry Award (see description below).

The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) links under-represented minority undergraduate students with faculty mentors and provides research experience and summer internships.  Currently, this program funds students from Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology.  Dr. Keith Pannell (Chemistry) is the director of this program.  (You will be taken to Chemistry's home page when you click the MARC icon, from there click on student resources to be taken to their site.)

BRIDGES- Bridges to the Future is designed to provide a bridging experience for students transferring from El Paso Community College.  Students gain experience working in research laboratories during the summer.  They also receive an introduction to the University that is designed to ease the transition from community college.  Dr. Igor Almeida (Biology) directs this program.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) involves 9 universities and community colleges in an effort to increase the number of under-represented minority students who graduate with degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics and pursue graduate degrees.  Dr. Benjamin Flores directs this program.

Bristol/Mayberry Endowed Award - The Bristol/Mayberry Award was established in honor of Dr. Jack Bristol and Dr. Lillian Mayberry.  The award is made to an outstanding biology or microbiology major who has completed 60 or more undergraduate hours.  It is usually in the amount of $1,400/year and can be used for supporting any aspect of the recipient's education.  To apply, please complete the application available on-line for the BURS program.