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

High School Research Academy, Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 application is closed (see below).  It was due on April 2, 2017.

On or before Wednesday, April 5, we will email every applicant to the program.  If you do not receive an email by midnight on April 5, we did not receive an application from you.

The Summer High School Research Academy allows high school participants to join researchers in the College of Natural Sciences where they will become members of a research team. The 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. 

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To be eligible for participation in one of these summer research programs, students must be 15 years or older and be either a junior or senior in the upcoming 2017-18 academic year.

The High School Research Academy is NOT a residential program, and we do not provide housing or transportation for the participants.

Students must have five or more consecutive weeks to dedicate to conducting research over the summer (June 5 to August 18, 2017).  Selected students will be placed in a faculty's laboratory where the students will be integrated into the ongoing research projects. The students will participate in many different facets of research while gaining valuable insight and experience. Each student will be paired with a laboratory based on the student's interests and laboratory availability.  Additional activities of the Research Academy include seminars from researchers and visits to other UT-Austin research facilities.

Each high school researcher will arrange specific hours with the researcher that they are paired with, but in general students are expected to work between 25-35 hours per week.


The cost for Summer 2017 will be $700.

These fees cover administrative and material costs associated with the program.  Payment of the fees is not required until the students have been accepted into the program.

The University of Texas is committed to providing this opportunity to a diverse range of high school students.  We have several scholarships available to help defray the costs of the program.  To apply for a scholarship please send an email demonstrating financial need to Dr. Stuart Reichler ( no later than April 2, 2017.

How to Apply

The Application process requires three forms: an on-line application, a teacher recommendation, a liability and medical release form.

All application materials are due by April 2nd, 2017.

  1. On-line Application-

  2. One teacher recommendation is required per applicant. The teacher recommendation form can be filled out at-

  3. Applicants must also submit a Liability Release and Medical Authorization Form signed by your parent or guardian.  These forms will be signed via an online system called Docusign.  These links will open in another window. 

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Emails about placements will be sent by April 28, 2017, and acceptance and payments are due by May 10, 2017.

For questions, please contact Dr. Stuart Reichler: