There are open positions for one or more undergraduate research assistants to work on an NSF-funded research project starting Fall 2022. This project is part of a collaboration with political science and engineering researchers at TAMU, UTEP, and George Washington University to understand pathways to resilient water supply in colonias, which are under-served and historically marginalized communities near El Paso. Specifically, this project seeks to identify strategies for ensuring that decentralized water treatment technologies, which , actually contribute to water security. You can read more about the project here (scroll to Participatory Design for Water Quality Monitoring of Highly Decentralized Water Infrastructure Systems).

Normally undergraduates are encouraged to conduct research for credit before working for pay, but there is some flexibility for this project.


  • Attend regular lab and project meetings (~1 hour per week)
  • Independently research possible water supply solutions that are appropriate for Texas colonias
  • Contribute to water supply vulnerability assessments

Required qualifications

  • Openness to multi-semester collaboration
  • Positive attitude to constructive feedback
  • Ability to work independently and self-motivate
  • Knowledge of drinking water supply systems and treatment technologies (e.g., CEVE 315/316)

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in water supply systems (e.g., EWB)
  • Proficiency (good) or fluency (great) in Spanish
  • Prior research or independent study experience
  • Proficiency with Zotero

How to apply

See the lab guide at instructions for undergraduates page. Then send an email to with “Application for Undergraduate Research Assistant Position” in the subject line. Include the following in your email:

  1. Explain which qualifications (see above) you do / do not meet
  2. State your motivation for this project
  3. Describe how this project would contribute to your future goals
  4. Attach your CV/resume (if you have one) and an up to date transcript
  5. Include any questions you have about the project.