FAQ
Where do I apply?

Applications will only be accepted electronically. The application form can be found here.

When are applications due?

The entire application package must be complete and received by 5pm MST on February 26, 2018.

 What are the minimum requirements for acceptance to the program?

  • Submission of a complete application, including letters of recommendation and transcripts, before 5pm on February 26, 2018 MST.
  • Undergraduates must have a GPA of 3.0  or higher.  Preference will be given to rising Juniors and Seniors, but outstanding applications from rising Sophomores will also be considered. You are not eligible if you will be completing a baccalaureate degree by the end of Spring or Summer 2018.
  • Proof of health insurance before 5pm on February 26, 2018 MST .

How can my professors submit the recommendation forms?

Upon succesful completion of your online application, we will send instructions and the reference form to your professors. Make sure you follow up with your references to ensure timely submission. 

How do I know that my application package is complete?

You should recieve a confirmation email of your submission and you should follow up with your references. If you sent separete documentatiom please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Is there someone I can contact regarding questions about my application and the program?

Yes, please contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What are the program dates?

The program begins May 29 and ends August 4, 2018. Students are expected to arrive in El Paso on Monday,  May 28 and depart on Sunday, August 5.

What will I have to do if I am accepted to the program?

  • Actively participate in research program for 40+ hours per week
  • Spend 2-3 days/week conducting field studies at Indio Mountains Research Station
  • Present project results at the end-of-summer symposium
  • Attend workshops and seminars
  • Complete all safety and laboratory training requirements

What financial support will I recieve?

All program participants will receive approximately $5,500 for the 10-week program plus accommodations in shared apartments.

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.

Can you tell me a little bit about UTEP and El Paso?

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 22,000 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: www.utep.edu.