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Shadow a Scientist Program


Shadow a Scientist This summer program pairs a group of two Middle School students with a Research Scientist at the University of Texas for a two hour 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. Students can choose a research area that interests them and when possible they will be matched with a scientist doing research in that area.

How to Apply

Middle School students interested in spending two hours “shadowing” a UT scientist one day this summer should complete and submit this form. (Minimum requirement: Adobe Reader Version 8 free download) Please save the form to your computer, complete it in Adobe Reader, and email the completed form to Greg Clark. If you are having difficulty completing the form electronically, please contact Dr. Greg Clark

The program works on a first-come first-served basis, so you will be contacted as your turn to shadow approaches.

A liability form, transportation form and medical treatment form must be completed once you are notified that a shadowing opportunity is available and these forms must be submitted before the shadowing day:








Please print, complete and sign this form. The completed form should be faxed (512-232-1435) or emailed as an attachment to Dr. Greg Clark


On Shadowing Day

For summer 2019, the program starts on Wednesday, May 29 and ends on Wednesday August, 14.  Students must wear appropriate lab clothing i.e. long pants or skirt and closed-toed shoes. On the Wednesday that your middle school student will shadow a UT scientist, please plan on dropping off and picking up your middle school student at 24th Street and Whitis (Whitis is one block east of Guadalupe on 24th Street MAP). The shadow coordinator and student escorts will be waiting at the Barbara Jordan statue located on the southwest corner of 24th and Whitis. Dropping off of your student should occur between 1:50 and 2:00 PM and picking up should occur between 3:50 and 4:00 PM.

If your student cannot make it on the day he or she is scheduled to shadow, please call the shadow coordinator, Greg Clark at 512-471‐1074 or 512-467-0145. If you are running late on shadowing day due to unexpected circumstances, please drive carefully and arrive safely when possible. If no one is there to meet you, please call 512-471‐1074 or 512-467-0145. Here is the Communication Plan.

We look forward to having your student shadow a scientist at UT. The experience is typically rewarding for both the host and shadow. If you have further questions please contact the FRI Outreach Director, Dr. Greg Clark:

Phone: 512-471-1074 or 512-467-0145.  | Email: gbclark@utexas.edu