Pending 2018 renewal of the NSF grant that supports this program, the application deadline for summer 2018 program will be February 1, 2018.


  • Freshman (rising sophomore) enrolled in university* and in good academic standing. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply, but may not be as competitive since this program is designed for rising sophomores.
  • Engineering or quantitative science major
  • US Citizen, US National, or permanent resident (Green Card holder)
  • Must be available to be in Austin for the whole duration of the program, from early June through mid-August, 2018 (dates to be determined).
  • Enthusiasm and readiness for research; no previous research experience required

*Students enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin are not eligible for this program.

Application Requirements:

All application materials are required and must be submitted through the online application by the deadline. Once the application has been submitted, the information entered and documents uploaded cannot be changed. Therefore, it is very important to ensure your application is complete and accurate prior to submission.

Please follow the detailed instructions for this application. Please also see the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Submission by the deadline: February 1, 2018

The online application must be completed and submitted by the deadline of February 1. Application materials are only accepted through the online application; no materials sent by email or mail will be included in the application review.


Please upload a PDF copy of your resume into the application. We recommend limiting to no more than 2 pages.


Please upload a PDF copy of your unofficial transcript, with courses taken and grades earned through the Fall/Winter 2017 term. You do not need to have your university send an official transcript.

Three Essays

Please upload a separate PDF for each short answer essay to the following three questions. Each answer should be 300 words or less.

Question 1. Tell us about how you learned something outside of a formal classroom environment. What impact did this experience have on you?

Question 2. Tell us about a challenge that you were faced with and how you were able to overcome this adversity. What was your strategy to persevere and what did you learn?

Question 3. Tell us about a scientific topic or topics that you have been exposed to in your coursework that excite you. Why are they of particular interest to you?

Two Letters of Recommendation: Due by February 15, 2018

Please enter the name and email address for two individuals who will provide to write a letter of recommendation. Both letters must be uploaded by February 15 in order for your application to be reviewed. Letters from anyone will be accepted, however letters from professors at your college or university in science, math, physics, or engineering disciplines are stronger recommendation letters for this program.

You can provide instructions to your letter writers using these instructions for uploading a letter.

Pending renewal of the NSF Grant that supports this program, the application deadline for summer 2018 will be on February 1, 2018. All letters of recommendation must be received by February 15, 2018.

The application for the summer 2018 program will open in late fall or early spring.

Download 2017 Application Instructions