A: Unfortunately, you must be a student at a Texas college or university.
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 8 weeks long, and there are a number of 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: Students are housed on the UT campus so you would not need to commute although public transportation is readily available from the UT campus.
A: You can expect to have to put in approximately 40 hours per week. Although this can take the form of a 9 am – 5 pm, Mon-Fri schedule, those participating in more field intensive research can expect to have a varying schedule over the 8 week period.
A: Either an unofficial or official transcript is fine.
A: Notification will be sent out in early March.
A: You should plan on arriving in Austin no later than the the day before the orientation session, to be announced.
A: We will provide a $300 travel stipend. If you have any questions about your travel, please contact our office.
A: You can book your flight anytime, but you must arrive by the day before orientation, to be announced. You will pay for your flights and be reimbursed upon arrival to the program.
A: We will provide you detailed instructions on how to get to/from the UT campus.
A: The living situation will be in a dorm room on campus. The dorm is convenient to the academic buildings on campus.
A: You will be housed in a UT Dorm and share a room and a community bath with another program participant.
A: You’ll receive a detailed list in advance of your arrival, but mostly, you’ll need clothing for warm weather, a swimsuit for the Port Aransas trip, and some clothes that you don’t mind getting roughly used crawling through a cave (old jeans are good for this).
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 and your food allowance 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.