Graduate Student Research Assistant Summer Program

Thank you for your interest in our Summer RA Program. The application process is now closed. Please check back March 2017.

In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, the Graduate School is soliciting applications from graduate students (master's or doctoral) who are interested in engaging in research, scholarly, or creative projects during Summer 2016, under the direction of faculty mentors in any department or program across campus.


Application: All of the following documents must be combined into one PDF, and submitted by the faculty mentor, at gradsummer@utep.edu.

Award Details: Master's and doctoral students selected to receive this award will receive a salary of $15.00 per hour for a maximum of 20 hours per week for ten weeks, to be completed between June 1 and August 31. It should be noted that this summer RA-ship is primarily intended for graduate students not receiving other paid employment opportunities in the summer. While all are welcome to apply, this will be a consideration for selection. Awarded students will attend at least two Graduate Student Professional Development activities sponsored by the Graduate School during this time. In addition, all Summer Research Assistants are encouraged to submit a proposal to the 2016 Graduate Student Research Expo, based on the summer research project.

Role of Faculty Mentors: This award supports research activities, and the faculty mentor is expected to provide mentorship and supervision, with adequate space, materials, supplies and equipment necessary to conduct the project. The faculty mentor will submit a brief online evaluation of the student at the end of the summer. Mentorship workshops will also be available for interested faculty.

Proposal Evaluation: A panel of UTEP faculty will evaluate applications based on the quality of the proposed research, the potential benefit of mentoring, the potential to advance faculty research efforts, and the student's personal statement. Decisions will be announced by May 10th.

The Graduate School held a workshop to assist students in the preparation of the proposals on March 29, 2016. Click here to view the presentation that was delivered.