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.  

3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Conference: Guidelines for Faculty

Call for paper/poster abstracts: Early September

Deadline for Submission: October 1

Decisions: November 5th

Conference dates: November 24th and 25th

Types of submissions:

Standard academic paper presentation 10-15mins

Standard poster session

Research design presentation (for feedback on methods or initial findings, “work in progress”).

Abstracts will be published online. Selected submissions will be published in Proceedings.

For faculty:

Requiring an abstract submission is encouraged, but the review will be selective and not all submissions will be accepted. Review feedback will be available. That is, please do not require students to present, as I cannot guarantee all submissions will be accepted, but I can guarantee all submissions will be reviewed.

We need volunteers for both faculty reviewers and graduate student reviewers. If you are teaching a graduate class, requiring students to serve as reviewers, moderators, or just volunteers at the conference would be great. We are happy to work with you on that.

Requiring attendance is very much encouraged. We would love to work with you on designing ways to make that attendance more meaningful for your course. We can provide assignment ideas for the conference presentations, and we are hoping to have some promotional activities involving social media for the conference. We also welcome your suggestions and hope that you will let us know in what ways you are encouraging attendance.

We can help facilitate mini-conferences for your courses if you want to simulate a conference experience.

We can provide examples of abstracts and reviews.

There will be workshops throughout the fall and we can provide you with a schedule by late summer for consideration in your syllabi. We are also happy to do presentations for your class.


  • Contact Dr. Danika M. Brown, Tomas Guerrero, 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