About the Welch Summer Scholars Program
The Welch Summer Scholars Program (WSSP), sponsored by the Robert A. Welch Foundation of Texas, began more than 40 years ago. To date, the WSSP has provided nearly 2,500 Texas high school students with unique opportunities to participate in hands-on, college-level research projects using state-of-the-art equipment and modern technology not typically found in high-school classrooms.

The program is open only to sophomore and junior students who attend high school in Texas and selected individuals will participate in a five-week summer residency program engaging in one-on-one mentoring and first-hand research training with professors and graduate students at one of five Texas universities. Participating institutions are The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Houston and Texas Tech University.

The primary goal of WSSP is to expose partipants to a rigorous scientific research experience while also giving them a glimpse into life on a college campus. Through assignments, research projects, guest speaker series, tours of chemistry-based research facilities and presentations of personal research findings, students will complete the program with a better understanding of chemical principles. Many participants go on to pursue science and engineering degrees in college.

Students selected for the WSSP are chosen on a competitive basis by the selection committee comprised of participating faculty at each of the five universities. The committee considers various factors in their selection such as SAT and ACT scores, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, writing skills, and teacher recommendations.