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High School Research Initiative


The University of Texas High School Research Initiative (HRI) is a scientific inquiry center that provides dual-enrollment research courses, trains teachers to successfully lead research/inquiry experiences, as well as provides supportive resources to introduce and lead scientific inquiry experiences in a high school environment.

If you are a faculty member at a local Austin-area high school interested in learning how to implement the HRI program at your school, please contact Gwen Stovall, gwenstovall@utexas.edu.


High School Summer Research Academy

The College of Natural Sciences High School Summer Research Academy offers high school students the chance to experience research and mentorship opportunities during the summer.

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. 


'Shadow a Scientist' Summer Program

This summer program pairs middle school students with a scientist at the University of Texas for a tour of the scientist’s lab and experiments in progress. The goal of the program is to provide the opportunity for young students to cultivate their interest in science and allow them to experience first-hand what a scientist does on a daily basis.