2021 Summer Research Program


The Environmental Science Institute (ESI) of the University of Texas at Austin will host a remote Summer Research Program on Urban Watershed Evolution during the summer of 2021 for undergraduates interested in environmental science research. The 2021 program will begin Monday, June 7, and end Friday, August 6, 2021. You can apply here. Applications are due February 15, 2021.

ESI hosted a remote summer research program in Summer 2020. The program was successful in providing a rewarding research experience for undergraduate participants. Prior to the program, all participants indicated that they were “slightly likely” to “somewhat likely” to enroll in a STEM graduate program, whereas post-program all participants indicated that they were “considerably” to “extremely likely” to do so. Three-quarters of the students submitted abstracts to and gave presentations at national professional meetings based on their research projects.

Students will be trained in research methods for understanding the challenges to the sustainability of urban watersheds. Students will work on independent projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Project areas are interdisciplinary and encompass the fields of ecology, civil and environmental engineering, and geological sciences, . Students will participate in a weekly research seminar series, portfolio creation, and professional development activities. The program will conclude with a research poster session. We encourage applicants from underrepresented groups to apply to this inclusive program.

Each student will be part of a research project led by a faculty mentor, but all will come together regularly for cross-cohort seminars to learn from the projects of research colleagues.

Each research project is designed to be completed during the summer, but all research leads to larger questions, and students will be encouraged to continue their research beyond the summer as their schedule allows.