The College of Natural Sciences Summer Research Academy offers high school students and incoming University of Texas at Austin freshmen the chance to experience research and mentorship opportunities during the summer.

We have programs for the following types of students

High School Research Academy

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 for between 5 to 8 weeks. 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. For Summer 2014 we have two programs available for high school students entering their junior or senior year in the 2014-15 academic year.

Research Methods:

Research Methods is designed for students with little or no previous research experience. The goals of the research methods experience are to introduce students to scientific thought and methods. The students will work on a research project of their own design with help and direction from UT researchers. During the Research Methods, students will learn about designing experiments, collecting and analyzing data, and communicating their discoveries. Additionally, they will learn about different research projects at UT, including visits to some of the university's research facilities. At the end of the three-weeks, students will present the results of their research.  Research Methods will be a three-week program with sessions from June 9-27, July 7-25, and July 28 - August 15.

Research Academy:

The Research Academy is for students who have five or more weeks to dedicate to conducting research over the summer (June 9 to August 15, 2014). While experience is not required, previous attendance of the Research Methods program will increase the liklihood of being accepted.  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. The students will present the results of their research at the end of the session. Additional activities of the Research Academy include seminars from researchers and visits to other UT-Austin research facilities.

Students applying for the Research Academy will indicate their availability on the application (see below). 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.

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 2014-15 academic year. The High School Research Academy is not a residential program, and we do not provide housing or transportation for the participants.


Summer 2014
Starting June 9, 2013


The fee for the Summer Research Academy is $650, and the fee for the Summer Research Methods program is $450. There will also be a one-time fee of $10 for a student identification card.  These fees cover administrative and material costs associated with the program.  Payment of the fees are not required until the students have been accepted into the program.

Fee waivers are available on a limited basis. Please submit a letter demonstrating financial need to be considered for a waiver. Letters may be submitted to Dr. Stuart Reichler by email no later than April 1, 2014:

How to Apply

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

All application materials are due by April 1st, 2014.

  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 Form.

Emails about placements will be sent by April 16, 2014, and payments are due by May 2, 2014.

For questions, please contact Dr. Stuart Reichler:

Visiting University Students

Summer Research Academy visiting university students have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects with faculty mentors in a community of other scholars. Summer research experiences can be life-changing, eye-opening experiences and are instrumental in sending students down a path towards success.

Visiting university students join more than ten other summer research programs on campus for a common residential community and wide range of social events and workshops.

For questions regarding any Summer Research Academy opportunities, please contact Dr. Stuart Reichler:

University of Texas Incoming Students

Recent high school graduates or transfer students who have been accepted to UT Austin can participate in research the summer before they begin their degree work.  This can be a part of an early-start program, such as Summer Honors Chemistry or the Degree-in-Three.