2020 Summer Research Program


The Environmental Science Institute (ESI) of the University of Texas at Austin will host a program during the summer of 2020 for undergraduates interested in environmental science research. The eight-week 2020 program is expected to begin Monday, June 8 and end Friday, July 31, 2020. Students will be trained in laboratory and field methods applied to studies of global change and its impacts and will work on independent projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Project areas are interdisciplinary and encompass the fields of chemistry, biology, ecology, urban ecology, policy, civil engineering, and geological sciences. Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series, portfolio creation, and professional development activities. Students will also participate in field excursions related to scientific research. These 1-2 day activities may require physical exertion involving hiking, caving, camping, and/or boat rides in hot and humid weather. The summer program will conclude with a research poster session and open house.

Each student will be part of a separate faculty research project headed by a faculty mentor, but all will come together regularly for cross-cohort seminars and field experiences and to examine and participate in the projects of research colleagues.

Each research project is designed to be completed during the summer, but all research leads to larger questions, and it’s strongly encouraged that students continue their research beyond the scope of the summer.

Thinking of applying? Check out the descriptions of the 2020 Faculty Research Projects.

Think you’re ready to apply? Read through the application process and Frequently Asked Questions.