October 8, 2015

BRI Undergraduate Research Program Receives $50,000 Grant Renewal from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


Earlier this month, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) renewed its support of the Borderlands Research Institute’s (BRI) Undergraduate Research Program with a grant of $50,000. To date, the HLSR has invested $100,000 towards the program. The idea of the Undergraduate Research Program was developed by Dr. Louis A. Harveson, Dan Allen Hughes Jr., Endowed Director of BRI, in 2014. Harveson saw a need to get more undergraduates involved with research and activities occurring within BRI and the Department of Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross State University. Having a better understanding of the research processes, species being studied, and students and professionals involved within the studies would hopefully help each of the undergraduate participants to be more well prepared and competitive when applying for either a job or higher education position following graduation.

In the Undergraduate Research Program’s first session (Jan 1 – Aug 31, 2015), 8 undergraduate students participated in the program from 3 different schools (6 from Sul Ross State University, 1 from Texas A&M – Commerce, and 1 from Arizona State University). The undergraduate researchers were mentored by 6 different BRI graduate students and advised by 4 BRI faculty members. “We were hoping the program would instill a sense of pride among the participants, but we had no idea of the level of pride they would show! Each student put in more hours than required, engaged with their mentors (graduate students and faculty), and they exceeded our expectations in their performance” stated Harveson proudly.

With HLSR’s renewal of the BRI Undergraduate Research Program, we will be able to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct another year of exciting research and ultimately better themselves for the next step in life. New undergraduate research positions through the program are currently available and can be found on the Undergraduate Research Page. If you would like to learn more about the BRI Undergraduate Research Program, please visit the previously mentioned website or email Thomas Janke.