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The Summer 2019 application will open in mid-February.

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Program Overview

The Summer High School Research Academy allows high school participants to participate in one of the Research Streams of the Freshman Research Initiative in the College of Natural Sciences.  The students will be integrated into the research labs and participate in the ongoing research projects. 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-Austin. By being involved in research, the students will experience the joy of discovery that is central to being a scientist. The students will have the opportunity to earn college credit.  This is a unique opportunity that will give high school students a real taste of life as a researcher. 

 Selected students will be placed in a faculty member'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 insights 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 High School Research Academy is NOT a residential program, and we do not provide housing or transportation for the participants.

Watch our video about the program:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4pER_iKZaM 


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 2019-20 academic year.

Students must have five or more consecutive weeks to dedicate to conducting research over the summer (June 3 to August 16, 2019).  


The fee covers administrative and material costs associated with the program.  Payment of the fee is not required until the student has been accepted into the program.

The Summer 2018 cost was $1,600 per student, and the 2019 cost will be announced in mid-February 2019.  Scholarships are available.

The University of Texas is committed to providing this opportunity to a diverse range of high school students.  We have several paid internships and 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 (utaustinhsra@gmail.com).

How to Apply

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

  1. On-line Application.
  2. One teacher recommendation is required per applicant: on-line teacher recommendation form.

  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: 

    Liability Release and Medical Authorization Form In English 

    Formulario de Autorización y Liberación de Responsabilidad En Espaňol

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For questions, please contact Dr. Stuart Reichler: utaustinhsra@gmail.com.