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High School Summer Research Academy

HS Summer Research AcademyThe College of Natural Sciences High School Summer Research Academy offers high school students the chance to experience research and mentorship opportunities during the summer.

Participants will see how research works by being directly involved in research projects on the UT-Austin campus. They will learn advanced techniques and interact with students and faculty at UT. By being involved in research, the students will experience the joy of discovery that is central to being a scientist. This is a unique opportunity that will give high school students a real taste of life as a researcher. 


Austin ISD Middle School Science Mentorship

Undergraduates in the FRI program are ideal mentors for middle school and high school students who are participating in science fairs and discovery-based school projects. Our pilot program matches FRI mentors with students in Austin classrooms. These mentors help by “brainstorming” with them on science fair projects, discussing scientific method and experimental design and by providing role models.

This program is in collaboration with UTeach Outreach, a long standing middle school enrichment program run through the College of Natural Sciences.

Shadow a Scientist Program

This summer program pairs middle school students with a scientist at the University of Texas for a tour of the scientist’s lab and experiments in progress. The goal of the program is to provide the opportunity for young students to cultivate their interest in science and allow them to experience first-hand what a scientist does on a daily basis. 

Visiting FRI Facilities

SMS imageMeet the research educators and undergraduates who make research in the FRI happen!

Visitors are welcome to tour our facilities and hear about the exciting, diverse research our students do in FRI streams. Tours are usually offered to groups of 10-15 guests accompanied by a current UT affiliate. To schedule a tour, please contact Dr. Kara Rogers khrogers@austin.utexas.edu.

Summer Workshop for Science Teachers

Through a collaboration between UTeach and FRI, Dr. Stan Roux and Dr. Greg Clark provide a summer workshop entitled "Discovery Lab: Teach your students how to use strong inference in the discovery process" based upon both the long standing tradition of Discovery Learning practiced by Drs. Roux and Clark and the experiences and data garnered through the FRI.

Students are also encouraged to select outreach activities that reflect their strengths and interests such as Science Olympiad, GirlStart, and Dean's Scholars Middle School Enrichment Program.