UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AND
MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

The Borderlands Research Institute and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo have teamed up to fund opportunities for undergraduate research in the BRI program. Projects will be funded seasonally or annually depending on project needs, and are available to any interested undergraduate student who fits the required qualifications. Participants will gain knowledge, experience, and professional connections in the field of Natural Resource Management. Presentations concerning research will be made by the student researchers during the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Undergraduate researchers will also have priority in assisting additional BRI projects (i.e., big game captures, prescribed burns, etc.) as availability permits.

Current openings for undergraduate researcher positions can be found on the EMPLOYMENT page. For more information, or if you are interested in applying for one of the current openings, please download the Requirements and Application Information. In addition to providing the application materials for the Undergraduate Research and Mentorship Program, you must also complete a Sul Ross Student Employment Application for the job that you are interested in. For questions regarding the application process, or the Undergraduate Research and Mentorship Program in general, please contact Thomas Janke.

Project Title: Comparing Nutrient Values of Browse Plants From Various Trans-Pecos Mountain Ranges

Mentor: Thomas Janke

Project Title: Determining Winter Seed Availability in the Marfa Grasslands, Texas

Graduate Student Mentor: Fabiola Baeza

Project Title: Effects of Lunar Phase on Mule Deer Feeder Utilization

Mentor: Thomas Janke

Project Title: Examining Nutritional Values of Bouteloua and Aristida in the Marathon Basin

Graduate Student Mentor: Cullom Simpson

Project Title: Nutritional Content of Wildlife Browse in Differing Mountain Ranges, Trans-Pecos, Texas

Mentor: Thomas Janke

Project Title: Spatial Partitioning Between Coyotes and Other Meso-Carnivores in the Marfa Grasslands, Texas

Graduate Student Mentor: Matthew Hewitt

Project Title: Experiences Gained While Partaking in a Kit Fox Distribution Survey

Graduate Student Mentor: Matthew Hewitt

Project Title: A Review of Techniques to Integrate Archival Camera Trap Databases

Mentor: Thomas Janke

Project Title: Determining Data Loss by Elimination of Excessive Day Time Photos

Graduate Student Mentor: Matthew Hewitt

Interested in joining our team? Visit the Requirements and Application Information page for more information on applying to our undergraduate research and mentorship program.


Participants and Projects from Previous Years


The BRI Mentorship Program is proudly supported by an educational grant from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.