University of Texas, Pan American’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Service Learning invites all undergraduates in all academic fields to submit an abstract and registration information to participate in our annual undergraduate research conference.

Research projects must have been conducted under the supervision of a faculty advisor or professional in the field, must be original, documented, and of high quality. Proposals to present will be reviewed by disciplinary panels.

Students will present their research projects to faculty, staff and other conference participants in either an oral or poster format. The oral presentation will allow students to give a 15-minute presentation of their topic and includes time for questions. Each oral session will be moderated by a faculty member. There will be sessions for “works in progress” where projects can be discussed for feedback. 

For the poster session, students will design a visual poster representing their research and will present their work to individual conference participants over a 1-hour session. The call to submit an abstract proposal to present will go out to UTPA students in the fall every year and submissions will adhere to a strict timeframe (check our "Call for Proposals" tab for deadlines).

The Office of UR&SL offers workshops to prepare students for research and conference presentations.

Who is eligible:

Any undergraduate student currently enrolled in any discipline at UTPA. Any Student who will have graduated in spring or summer 2013 will also be eligible to present as long as s/he has not started post-baccalaureate study and the research.  


  • Contact Dr. Danika M. Brown, Nina Medrano, or Brittany Ramirez.
  • Identify a potential research project, or a previous project you’d like to consider revising and/or expanding upon. 
  • Attend our workshops on identifying a faculty mentor (if you don’t already have one in mind), preparing a proposal abstract, preparing a paper, preparing a poster presentation, and tips for successful oral presentations. 
  • Submit abstract proposal for consideration.
  • If accepted: work with your faculty advisor/mentor to finalize research and prepare paper/poster for presentation.
  •  Present.  

Conference Coverage

New conference debut at UTPA to star undergraduate researchers

By Gail Fagan, Public Affairs Representative

Posted: 11/06/2012

As an undergraduate student working as a tutor in The University of Texas-Pan American's Writing Center, Rebecca Ramos saw daily the difficulty of students trying to translate their thinking in Spanish to proper writing in English.

"It's really hard for them to translate those ideas that they want to say into English," said Ramos, who is now a graduate student at Pan Am pursuing a master's in English as a Second Language. "I thought the Writing Center could be a little more ESL friendly. We owe it to the students to help them convey their ideas because we want to see their voice in their writing."

She turned her concern into a research project - "Transitioning from Limbo" - focused not only on Mexican national students dealing with the differences in structures of writing an essay in English rather than Spanish but also the observations of the center's tutors about the needs of students on this side of the border where the two cultures connect and its effect on their writing proficiency.

Ramos hopes her findings will one day result in workshops providing more specialized training in grammar, punctuation, and translation for the Center's tutors.

Ramos' research is will be one of many quests undertaken by UTPA students for new knowledge and solutions to problems that will be highlighted at the University's first Undergraduate Research Conference "Explore and Engage," scheduled for Nov. 19-20.


Undergraduate Research Initiative


What is the URI?

The Undergraduate Research Scholars Initiative (URI) at The University of Texas-Pan American is a program where undergraduate students share in the excitement of research discoveries, work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students who are creating new knowledge, and learn valuable research techniques. The initiative allows undergraduate students to obtain real-world research experience in a field of interest related to their majors.


Click here to be redirected to our Bronc Link where you can access the application form.

Additional Coverage

Posted: 11/27/2012 - Undergraduate research transforms the Valley