Use this form if you are a student at a College or University who has completed no more than 60 credit hours by August 2020 or if you attend Early College High School.

Undergraduate Training Program

The University of Texas at El Paso

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 22, 2020 at 11:59 PM, MST

Recommendation Form Deadline: Sunday, January 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM, MST

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Background Information

Preferred Method of Contact *
U.S. Citizen *
U.S. Permanent Resident (Green card holder) *
Answering questions about gender, race and ethnicity is optional and will not be used for selection purposes. Information collected may be used for statistical information relevant to UTEP BUILDing SCHOLARS, and/or the National Institutes of Health. Note that individual identities will not be revealed. Your cooperation is highly appreciated. 
Racial Identity (Select all with which you identify)
Ethnicity (Please select one)

Family Background Information (optional)

Answering questions about your family background is optional and will not be used for selection purposes. Information collected may be used for statistical information relevant to UTEP BUILDing SCHOLARS, and/or the National Institutes of Health. Note that individual identities will not be revealed. Your cooperation is highly appreciated. 

Are either of your parents a veteran?
Please indicate your mother’s/legal guardian’s educational attainment.
Please indicate your father’s/legal guardian’s educational attainment.
Please indicate your yearly household earnings.

Academic Information

The following information is required for the evaluation of your application. Please complete the following:

Official Test Scores

Official SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and/or ACT (American College Test) scores must be sent directly to The University of Texas at El Paso Office of Admissions and Recruitment from the testing agency or must appear in your official high school transcript.

Official High School Transcript

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the schools attended to The University of Texas at El Paso Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Please make sure that your school includes your diploma type, rank, and GPA.

Select your Undergraduate Status (by number of credits completed and verifiable on your transcript): *
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Prior Research Experience

Have you worked on a research project or volunteered in a research lab with any UTEP faculty member or with any other faculty member at another institution? *
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Potential Mentor

If selected as a BUILDing SCHOLARS fellow, you will work closely with a UTEP faculty member who will be your mentor.  With this in mind, please answer the following question(s):

Do you have a potential UTEP faculty mentor in mind? (It is okay if you do not have one yet. You will have an opportunity to select one later.) *
Have you discussed applying to BUILDing SCHOLARS with your potential UTEP mentor? *
Note: Selection to the program will not be influenced by the prior identification of a faculty mentor.   

Essay: Career Goals, Academic Goals, Personal Achievement And Life Challeges

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Please include the following in separate files 

Required Participation in Summer Research Programs 
If selected as a BUILDing SCHOLARS trainee, all entering students who already have credit for SCI 1301, or its equivalent (e.g., UNIV 1301), must attend the mandatory zero-credit Summer Research Foundation Course (RFC) scheduled for Monday, July 27, through Friday, August 7, 2020 at UTEP. Failure to attend will result in immediate dismissal from the program. The only exception is if the student took a FYRIS/BUILD-sponsored SCI 1301, at which that point thye student does not need to attend the Summer RFC. *
If selected as a BUILDing SCHOLARS trainee, you will be required to participate in summer research at one of the program's partner institutions. Information about these programs can be found by contacting us at buildingscholars@utep.edu. Participating in an external summer research project will be an essential part of your training and will contribute to your personal and professional growth. There may be extenuating circumstances preventing a top candidate from spending summers at another site, so BUILDing SCHOLARS leadership team will review each case individually to determine if a student may be excused from this requirement. Please respond to the following to the best of your ability. *


Please provide the name and email address of a person who is not a member of your immediate or extended family who can submit a recommendation for you. This individual should be able to speak about your academic abilities, your research ability and your desire to become a research scientist in a biomedical field (e.g., addiction, cancer, neurodegenerative and chronic diseases, environmental health, health disparities, infectious diseases and translational biomedicine) upon graduating with a PhD or an MD-PhD. This information will not be shared with anyone. A separate link will be sent to the recommender once the application is submitted. Recommenders will have until 11:59 PM MST on January 29, 2020 to submit the recommendation form.

Application Checklist

This checklist is provided for your convenience.
You are responsible for providing all requested information by the deadline. To facilitate processing your application, submit in one packet. Late applications will not be accepted. Your application should include the following:


Important Dates

Personal Interview 

Applicants who are chosen as finalists will be contacted for personal interviews. The interviews will take place on Saturday, February 22, 2020. If selected as an award recipient, attendance at the events below are mandatory.

Letter of Agreement Presentation – Wednesday March 25, 2020
Welcome Orientation – Saturday, May 09, 2020
Summer Research Foundation Course – Monday, July 27 to Friday, August 07, 2020

Note that late, incomplete or applications that fail to follow the instructions provided, will not be considered.  Thank you for applying to the BUILDing SCHOLARS Program


Contact Information:


Email: buildingscholars@utep.edu

By submitting this application, I consent to the use of my image, voice or any likeness for the purposes of advertising, marketing and promotion of the BUILDing SCHOLARS training program. I also authorize the publication of any award that I may receive. *
I certify that the information on this application is complete and correct. I understand that the submission of false information is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, cancellation of traineeship and reimbursing the training program for expenses incurred that resulted from your selection to the program based on fraudulent information. *


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