Summer Undergraduate Research Program Assistantship
Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM MST, March 15 annually
Acceptance notifications are contingent upon funding.
This form allows you to enter all the necessary information to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program Assistantship (SURPASS).
You must complete the form IN ITS ENTIRETY in order to submit.

Links are  provided to upload your personal statement, project description, transcript, and your mentor's project summary and mentoring plan. Please refer to the Proposal Guidelines to prepare these documents.
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Upload the required documents as indicated

Proposed Research Project Info

Which research theme does this project fall under: *
0/25 words
A. Does this project involve animal subjects or human subjects (surveys/focus groups/interviews)? *
If yes, the project likely requires Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) approval. Discuss this with your mentor and answer the following questions as applicable.
Has the project received IRB or IACUC approval? *

Proposed Project Mentor/Advisor

Student Personal Information

I am a *
Parental Educational Attainment:
Select the highest education level attained by your father and mother
Father *
Mother *
Answering the questions below about  ethnicity, race and national origin are optional. Information collected, however, will be used for important statistics relevant to grant applications in which individual identities will not be revealed. Your cooperation is highly appreciated
Are you of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin?
Race (select all that apply)
National Origin

Student Academic Information

Are you a transfer student? *
Have you changed majors since you started your college education?
How many times have you changed majors?
Which of the following best describes your plans after graduation with a bachelor's degree? (Select one) *
Have you conducted faculty-mentored research in the past? *

Student Finances

Do you currently have a scholarship or fellowship? *
Do you currently receive wages from another UTEP department? *
Have you received or are you expecting to receive a stipend during this program for participating in research activities? *
Have you applied for a scholarship or fellowship and have not received notification yet? *
Do you currently work (for wages) on non-research related tasks outside the university? *

Important Note:
If you were to be accepted to SURPASS, you are expected to
  • commit at least 15 hrs/week for 10 weeks from June thru August to conduct research related activities,
  • attend designated COURI sponsored workshops,
  • enroll in the Zero-Credit Undergraduate Research Course (RSRC 4033) of your mentor,
  • may also need to enroll in least 3 semester credit hours (SCH) for any summer session,
  • present at the COURI Summer Symposium at the end of the program.


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How did you hear about SURPASS?
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