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 read the Requirements and Application Information page. 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 Stacey Dewald


Project Title: Organizing and Expanding the Natural Resource Management Department’s Preserved Plant Collection

Mentor: Thomas Janke

Project Title: Effects of Weather Conditions on Bird Detections in the Trans-Pecos Grasslands and Shrublands

Mentor: Alex Chavez-Trevino

Project Title: Scaled Quail Diet Selection during the Fall and Winter Seasons in Brewster County, Texas

Mentor: Zoe Carroll

Project Title: Examining the Relationship Between Existing Soil Seed Banks and Established Vegetation Cover

Mentor: Colin Shackelford

Project Title: Assisting Respect Big Bend with Community Engagement across the Trans-Pecos

Graduate Student Mentor: Destiny Locke

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.