27 Research and Summer Programs in Texas For High School Students

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The top research programs in Texas for high school students, selected based on prestige, location, and affordability. See research opportunities in other states here.

Institution
Location
Tuition
Event type

Hosting Institution

Polygence

Online/In Person

Online

Location

Online

Cost

Starting at $2695

Application Deadline

Jul 15, 2024

Categories

Neuroscience, Biology, Psychol...

Summary

Polygence is an online research program designed to offer high school students accessible research opportunities, making them more inclusive. The program was created by researchers from Harvard, MIT, and Stanford and provides tailored research projects, allowing students to explore their interests, acquire professional skills, and increase their competitiveness for college admissions.

ELITE Tech Camp

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Hosting Institution

Rice University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston (TX)

Cost

$3,795

Application Deadline

Jun 15, 2024

Categories

Engineering, Comp Sci, Medicin...

Summary

This summer program is designed for high school students interested in engineering and college readiness. It offers a rigorous STEM curriculum that emphasizes hands-on learning, problem-solving, and the practical application of engineering principles. Through intensive coursework and support from experienced instructors, students will gain valuable technical skills and an understanding of how to apply engineering to real-world challenges.

Casper RET Program

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Hosting Institution

Baylor University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Waco (TX)

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

Jun 21, 2023

Categories

Social Science

Summary

CASPER's Summer Research Experiences for Teachers Program offers elementary school, middle school and high school teachers the opportunity for active research participation with CASPER faculty. This summer program will begin around the first of June and end around the middle of August. (The starting and ending dates are flexible and may be adjusted to fit ISD schedules.)

Summer Research Internship in Infectious Diseases

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Hosting Institution

University of Houston

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston (TX)

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

No deadline

Categories

Medicine, Biology

Summary

This program spans over 8 years and offers students direct, hands-on experience in generating, analyzing, validating, and reproducing research data under the guidance of the program director. Students will receive practical research training that encompasses laboratory analysis skills, literature review, handling of biological samples, performing PCR tests, and plating bacteria through laboratory testing and basic microbiological techniques.

High School Research Academy (HSRA)

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Hosting Institution

The University of Texas

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Austin (TX)

Cost

$3,500

Application Deadline

Mar 24, 2024

Categories

Biology, Chemistry

Summary

The summer High School Research Academy (HSRA) provides high school students with an immersive and hands-on five-week interdisciplinary non-residential summer research experience at the University of Texas at Austin campus. Students participate in research projects in active College of Natural Sciences (CNS) laboratories related to the exciting fields of biochemistry, biology, environmental science, genetics, neuroscience, genome engineering, data analytics, ecology, and more. Participants will learn cutting edge research techniques while gaining valuable insights and experiences through interaction with UT students and faculty in CNS undergraduate research groups.

Regeneron ISEF

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Hosting Institution

Society for Science

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Dallas (TX)

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

No deadline

Categories

Biology

Summary

The Regeneron ISEF isn't just your typical high school science fair. It's the most renowned science competition for high school students in the nation, attracting 1,800 finalists who compete for $8 million in awards and scholarships. Its reputation is highly respected by colleges and the scientific community. To participate in ISEF, 9th-12th grade students must first compete in a Society-affiliated fair and earn the opportunity to attend. Each fair has the opportunity to sponsor a certain number of projects, either team or individual, for the chance to compete at ISEF.

Conrad Challenge

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Hosting Institution

Conrad Challenge

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston (TX)

Cost

Free

Application Deadline

No deadline

Categories

Psychology

Summary

This competition provides a platform for students aged 13-18 to address global issues by utilizing science, technology, and innovation, all while cultivating entrepreneurial skills and forming new connections. With guidance from industry professionals and a structured framework, participants can strengthen their collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication abilities. One of the best aspects of this challenge is that students can choose to work with a small team of their choosing, allowing them to collaborate with friends and enjoy the project together.

Health Sciences Summer Camps

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Hosting Institution

The University of Texas at Austin

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Austin, TX

Cost

$500

Application Deadline

Apr 20, 2024

Categories

Environmental Science

Summary

The Health Sciences Summer Camps at Dell Medical School offer high school students in Central Texas an immersive experience in the healthcare field. Through hands-on activities and interactions with professionals, participants gain exposure to various medical professions and learn clinical skills like administering IVs and CPR. The camps aim to inspire students to pursue careers in healthcare, especially those underrepresented in medicine. Two sessions are available in June, and students can apply through school nominations or open applications. Need-based scholarships available. Selected students can continue their engagement with Dell Med through the Health Sciences Yearlong Academy.

Tapia Camps

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Hosting Institution

Rice University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston, TX

Cost

$2500

Application Deadline

May 1, 2024

Categories

Environmental Science

Summary

The Tapia STEM Camps at Rice University offer award-winning residential programs for rising 8th-12th graders focusing on communication and equity in STEM. Campers engage in challenging STEM projects led by Rice University students, with a curriculum designed by Professor Paul Hand. They develop public speaking and teamwork skills, culminating in project presentations. Dr. Richard Tapia, a renowned mathematician, oversees the camps, aiming to inspire students towards STEM excellence. The program emphasizes societal equity within STEM and provides a unique opportunity for campers to interact with professionals in the field. Sessions run for 6 days and 5 nights during the summer, featuring field trips and dormitory accommodations. Limited scholarships are available, and discounts may be offered for large groups.

Closer Looks

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Hosting Institution

Wonderworks

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston, TX

Cost

$1,000

Application Deadline

Jun 1, 2024

Categories

Architecture

Summary

Closer Looks, a program by Wonderworks and Rice University's Department of Art History, offers an immersive exploration of art and art history for high school students. Participants delve into various artistic works through lectures, discussions, readings, films, and field trips to esteemed art institutions. Led by experienced art historians and curators, students analyze artworks spanning civilizations, fostering a deep appreciation and understanding of art's significance. No prior art history knowledge is required, making it suitable for all levels. The program, held at Rice University, emphasizes both enjoyment and challenge, requiring focused commitment. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Journalism Camp

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Hosting Institution

TCU Schieffer

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Fort Worth, TX

Cost

$2,000

Application Deadline

May 1, 2024

Categories

Social Science

Summary

The Schieffer Summer Journalism Camp at Texas Christian University offers an intensive two-week residential program for high school students interested in journalism. Led by TCU faculty and industry professionals from Fort Worth and Dallas, participants delve into digital reporting, refining critical thinking and writing skills. Through discussions on media evolution and career pathways, students generate and develop news stories for both newscasts and online platforms. Registration is open for the upcoming session. For further details or to apply, contact the camp director via email or visit the camp's website.

Analytics Academy

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Hosting Institution

TCU Neeley

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Fort Worth, Tx

Cost

$1500

Application Deadline

Apr 19, 2024

Categories

Data Science

Summary

The TCU Neeley Analytics Academy is a competitive, one-week summer program for high school juniors and seniors. Participants gain hands-on experience in data analytics and market research, exploring statistical programs, data visualization, and modeling techniques. Led by top-ranked professors, students learn to collect, analyze, and present data effectively, earning a Data Analytics Certificate upon completion. Strong math skills, scholastic achievement, leadership, and motivation in analytics are required for application. Need-based scholarships are available.

ELITE Tech camp

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Hosting Institution

Rice University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston, Tx

Cost

$3,795

Application Deadline

May 31, 2024

Categories

Comp Sci

Summary

Residential students at the camp have the exciting opportunity to delve into cutting-edge technology courses during their week-long stay. With a wide array of tech offerings spanning fields like Python programming, robotics, deep learning, and self-driving technology, students can tailor their learning experience to suit their interests and career aspirations. Each week, students select two courses, one for the morning session and another for the afternoon session, allowing them to explore different aspects of technology and engineering. From mastering programming languages like Python and C++ to diving into advanced topics like deep learning and IoT, students gain practical skills and knowledge under the guidance of experienced instructors. Whether it's designing robots, exploring AI applications, or learning about spaceflight engineering, the camp provides a dynamic learning environment for aspiring tech enthusiasts. With tuition covering accommodation and instruction, it's a comprehensive opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of technology and innovation.

Artistic Exploration: Zip ST.ART Teen Program

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Hosting Institution

ST.ART

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Austin, TX

Cost

$1,625

Application Deadline

Jun 1, 2024

Categories

Arts

Summary

ST.ART's Zip ST.ART program offers a one-week residential experience for high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Participants choose two daily studio sessions from a variety of options including comics, printmaking, drawing, painting, photography, animation, and sculpture. The program includes over 30 hours of instruction, meals, housing, and activities. Financial aid and scholarships are available. The program aims to expand students' artistic skills, portfolio, and creativity in a supportive environment, providing opportunities for experimentation and learning from practicing artists and designers.

ST.ART Intensive: Igniting Creative Futures

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Hosting Institution

ST.ART

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Austin, TX

Cost

$4,500

Application Deadline

Jun 1, 2024

Categories

Arts

Summary

ST.ART Intensive is a transformative four-week Art + Design program tailored for rising juniors and seniors. Participants delve into diverse concentrations like Digital Media & Sequential Art, Drawing & Painting, Printmaking & Design, and Ceramics & Sculpture. Through hands-on instruction from practicing artists, students expand their artistic horizons, develop portfolios, and prepare for college and beyond. The curriculum encompasses foundational classes, college prep discussions, and weekly critiques, fostering individual growth and creativity. Students engage in independent studio time and showcase their artwork in a final exhibition. Residential and commuting options are available, with payment plans and scholarships to ensure accessibility. With a rigorous yet rewarding schedule, ST.ART Intensive empowers students to embrace their artistic voice, nurture their talents, and embark on a path towards a vibrant creative future.

From the Ground Up: Summer Discovery Program in Architecture

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Hosting Institution

Wonderworks

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston, TX

Cost

$1500

Application Deadline

Jun 1, 2024

Categories

Architecture

Summary

Explore the world of architecture with Wonderworks and the University of Houston's Summer Discovery Program. Designed for high school students entering grades 10 to 12, or recent graduates, this immersive experience offers a hands-on introduction to architectural history, theory, and design. Through daily lectures, studio sessions, and field trips, participants develop a deeper understanding of the built environment and cultivate essential skills for portfolio building. No prior architectural knowledge is required. Applications open in January and close in June, with early submissions encouraged for timely decisions. Held at the University of Houston Central Campus, the program fosters both enjoyment and challenge, requiring focused effort and commitment from participants.

Story Lines: A Summer Dive into Fiction, Film, and Creative Writing

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Hosting Institution

Wonderworks

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Houston, TX

Cost

$1,000

Application Deadline

Jun 1, 2024

Categories

Literature and Languages

Summary

Wonderworks, in partnership with the University of Houston's Department of English and Creative Writing Program, presents Story Lines, an immersive summer program from June 17 to July 19, 2024. Aimed at high school students entering grades 10-12 or recent graduates, the program delves into fiction through readings, film screenings, and creative writing exercises. Participants analyze short stories or novel excerpts in the mornings and related films in the afternoons, exploring storytelling techniques and themes. Taught from a writer's perspective, Story Lines offers a glimpse into the mechanics of storytelling across different mediums. Admission is competitive, requiring a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated proficiency in core subjects. Scholarships are available based on financial need.

Community of Scholars Summer Program at American University

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Hosting Institution

American University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$5,719

Application Deadline

Apr 30, 2024

Categories

Environmental Science

Summary

The Community of Scholars pre-college summer program at American University's School of International Service offers high school juniors and seniors a three-week immersive experience in international affairs. Students take a three-credit class taught by AU faculty, complemented by visits to government agencies and organizations in Washington, D.C. The program combines on-campus learning with asynchronous study, allowing students to deepen their understanding of global issues. Upon completion, students receive an official transcript from American University. The program aims to enhance students' academic interests in international relations, provide exposure to international careers, and foster connections with like-minded peers. Additionally, students have access to AU facilities such as the fitness center and library.

Summer Intensive Training in Musical Theatre and Drama

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Hosting Institution

The Catholic University of America

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$3,800

Application Deadline

May 31, 2024

Categories

Arts

Summary

The High School Drama Institute at The Catholic University of America offers a three-week intensive summer training program in musical theatre or drama from July 8-26, 2024. Classes run weekdays from 8:45 am - 4:45 pm with evening activities. The program, held at the Hartke Theatre, includes lodging, meals, classes, workshops, and tickets. Participants study voice, movement, and acting with industry experts, and rising seniors can use the program as an audition substitute for the university's BFA in Acting for Theatre, Film, and Television or BM in Musical Theatre. Students experience campus life by attending classes, rehearsals, and engaging in the university meal plan. The program emphasizes audition monologue preparation, culminating in a showcase performance. Testimonials highlight the transformative experiences and positive learning environment. Contact the Department of Drama for more information.

Biosciences Institute: Intensive Coding for Biomedical Engineering

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Hosting Institution

The Catholic University of America

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$995

Application Deadline

Jul 1, 2024

Categories

Biology

Summary

The Computational Biosciences Institute is a 10-day residential program designed for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in computer science and biomedical engineering. Participants will engage in intensive coding and programming sessions using Matlab software, focusing on real biomedical imaging and datasets. Led by faculty with expertise in biomedical imaging and computational biosciences, the program offers hands-on experience in scientific programming. Successful completion may earn transfer credit equivalent to a first-year, 3-credit computer science course required in accredited engineering undergraduate programs. This immersive experience provides a valuable introduction to the intersection of computer science and biomedical engineering, preparing students for further academic pursuits in these fields.

Engineering Pre-College Programs

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Hosting Institution

The Catholic University of America

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$995

Application Deadline

Jul 1, 2024

Categories

Engineering

Summary

The Engineering New Frontiers Institute offers a weeklong residential academic summer course for high school students from July 22nd to July 26th. Aimed at students entering junior and senior years, the program covers various engineering disciplines including biomedical, mechanical, electrical, civil, and computer science. Participants engage in modern laboratory exercises, engineering design workshops, coding bootcamps, and prototyping work led by expert faculty. Additionally, students will have opportunities for entertainment, cultural experiences, and technical exploration in the DC area.

Nursing Summer Camp

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Hosting Institution

The Catholic University of America

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$150

Application Deadline

May 15, 2024

Categories

Medicine

Summary

The Conway School of Nursing Summer Camp offers a dynamic one-week experience for students interested in exploring nursing as a career. Led by experienced faculty and upper-class nursing students, participants engage in hands-on learning, simulation exercises, and lab practice. Emphasizing professional values and human dignity, the program integrates technical skills training with discussions on nursing's role in promoting human flourishing during illness. Strategies for academic success are also incorporated. Participants will earn CPR certification from the American Heart Association, enhancing their preparedness for future endeavors in healthcare.

Summer High School Program - Experiences in Architecture

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Hosting Institution

The Catholic University of America

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$1,370-$2,570

Application Deadline

Apr 15, 2024

Categories

Engineering

Summary

The Experiences in Architecture (EiA) program at the Catholic University of America offers a pre-college workshop for students interested in architecture and design-related fields. Held in Washington, D.C., it provides exposure to both academic and professional aspects of architecture. Participants gain insights into campus life and receive preparation for success in university-level studies. The program runs from July 7 to July 20, 2024, and is open to rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders, and incoming freshmen. Students can choose between residential or commuting options. Upon acceptance, students are guided through the next steps. For more information, contact the program directors Tonya Ohnstad and Rebecca Ambouroue.

Service in the City - Day Camp

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Hosting Institution

The Catholic University of America

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$700

Application Deadline

Apr 15, 2024

Categories

Social Science

Summary

The "Service in the City" Day Camp, hosted by the National Catholic School of Social Service, offers high school students a unique immersion into social work principles in Washington, D.C. Over June 8-12, 2024, participants explore micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work, engaging with individuals, communities, and policymakers. The program emphasizes strength-building, anti-oppressive practices, and empowerment, providing a deep understanding of societal challenges. It's not just a camp but a transformative experience, fostering a commitment to meaningful change.

Immerse into ASL

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Hosting Institution

Gallaudet University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, D.C.

Cost

$750-$1250

Application Deadline

May 1, 2024

Categories

Languages

Summary

Immerse Into ASL offers a transformative experience for new signers, providing a 24/7 immersion into American Sign Language (ASL) and deaf culture at Gallaudet University near Washington, D.C. With sessions catering to beginners and intermediates, campers engage in ASL learning, self-discovery activities, and outdoor adventures. Led by qualified Deaf instructors, participants gain independence in ASL communication while enjoying field trips to D.C. landmarks and Six Flags. The program accepts deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing students entering 10th–12th grade, with hearing applicants required to submit an ASL video application. Two sessions are offered: an overnight camp and a day camp, with campers allowed to attend for up to two summers. Vocational Rehabilitation counselors receive a student summary report post-program.

Summer Immersion

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Hosting Institution

The George Washington University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, D.C.

Cost

$4,600-$5,100

Application Deadline

May 1, 2024

Categories

Environmental Science

Summary

The George Washington University Pre-College Program offers high school students an immersive summer experience in Washington, D.C., focusing on global development, international relations, public policy, and more. Participants engage in intensive, academically challenging courses taught by top-tier faculty and practitioners, integrating lectures, seminars, and hands-on experiences. The program also provides insight into college life, fostering confidence and social connections among peers from diverse backgrounds. With sessions covering diverse topics such as international law, entrepreneurship, medicine, and cybersecurity, students gain valuable knowledge and skills while exploring the nation's capital. Additionally, opportunities for recreational activities and exploration of D.C. complement the academic curriculum. Various application deadlines are available for different sessions, ensuring flexibility for interested students.

Global Scholar Training

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Hosting Institution

Georgetown University

Online/In Person

In Person

Location

Washington, DC

Cost

$1930

Application Deadline

Jun 15, 2024

Categories

Environmental Science

Summary

Join the Global Scholar Training at Georgetown University, a one-week immersive program designed for rising 9th-12th graders. Dive into workshops and discussions led by experts and youth leaders, focusing on key skills for social change, such as empathy, problem-solving, and team-building. Explore urgent global challenges like climate change and gender justice while connecting with peers from around the world. With a "pay what you can" model and need-based scholarships available, the program aims to make this transformative experience accessible. Gain valuable skills, expand your network, and become a bold and visionary global leader ready to tackle the world's pressing issues. Apply now and be part of the change!

Are there many Research Opportunities for High School Students in Texas?

Texas features a variety of academic opportunities for students, including several large public university systems (the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, Texas State), prestigious private schools (Rice University), and HBCUs (Prairie View A&M University). Need more reasons? Texas' natural beauty offers students throughout the state the opportunity to pursue various outdoor recreational activities. Texas is home to beaches, mountains, lakes, and state and national parks, all of which are conducive to spending time outside. Students in Texas can hike through mountains and parks, climb natural rock faces, wake surf along the coast, or raft down rivers. These areas also offer numerous opportunities for camping and backpacking.

What other research opportunities are available?

For a full set of research opportunity listings, see our guide to research opportunities for high school students.

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