The University of Texas at El Paso has made extraordinary progress in developing its research capacity and expanding its doctoral programs. With the University’s recent investments in state-of-the-art equipment, laboratories and buildings, it is an exciting time to be a part of the research community at UTEP.
Research opportunities abound for students, beginning at the undergraduate level through the Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives, or COURI. COURI’s goal is to prepare students to compete effectively for admission to the best graduate and professional programs in the world and join a globally engaged 21st century workforce.
UTEP faculty and students are actively engaged in research in key strategic areas. Recent projects in the health and biomedical sciences aim to combat cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, create vaccines for HIV and Chagas disease, prevent obesity in children, reduce tobacco use and understand the neurochemistry of drug addiction. In the areas of energy and the environment, UTEP researchers are working to make water desalination more affordable and efficient, test and certify alternative energy projects, and document climate change in the Arctic. Through the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, researchers study cross-border economic and social development. Other projects range from enhancing bilingual education to monitoring earthquakes, advancing 3-D printing technology and improving the safety of human space flight.