The Nation’s Largest University Undergraduate Research Program
In UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences, students dive into scientific research right from the start. The pioneering Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) gives first-year students the opportunity to initiate and engage in real-world research experience with faculty and graduate students. Our companion Accelerated Research Initiative offers a parallel experience to upper division students.
Our program has become a national model for science education, as students are more likely to stay in college, complete science and math degrees, and graduate better prepared to pursue advanced degrees or jobs in industry.
Labs as Launch Pads for Discovery
Students explore unanswered questions in science, math and technology. They uncover new knowledge and develop innovative technologies in specialized programs like these: