Frequently Asked Questions
A: Yes, but you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident of the United States, per National Science Foundation requirements.
A: The program is targeted for students in the summer between their junior and senior year, although exceptions can be made in the case of other students who are well prepared by their coursework and/or other experience. All students must be in good standing with all the courses they were registered for during the Spring before the summer program begins (no incompletes that are not easily explainable/understandable/acceptable, etc.).
A: We ideally seek students at this stage so that the experience can inform their decisions about Graduate school. You are welcome to apply but your status as a senior will be considered.
A: You can still participate in the program even if you have previously participated.
A: You can find out more by going to the linked websites of the faculty listed and explore their research projects. We align applicants by their interest area with appropriate participating faculty, who have slots available in their research groups. There is some flexibility in terms of what you wind up working on. The more explicit you can make your interests in your application, the better the alignment we can make.
A: The program is 10 weeks long, and there are several seminars and other activities in the first 2 weeks that you would miss. These are an essential part of the program. Based on this, the review committee will likely not rank your application as high as an otherwise equivalent applicant.
A: Yes, it is located on UT Austin’s campus. Public transportation is available.
A: You can expect to have to put in approximately 40 hours per week.
A: Either an unofficial or official transcript is fine.
A: Notification will be sent out in mid-March.
A: Please note that a final schedule of seminars and trips is usually not available until the program begins.
A: You will receive a portion of the salary soon after arrival provided you have filled out the necessary forms that the program coordinator will send you.
A: While we design research projects that can be completed during the summer, all research leads to larger questions, and it’s strongly encouraged that students continue their research beyond the scope of the summer.