ANNOUNCEMENT: The application for the summer 2021 program is now open!  Due to delays in obtaining test scores as a result of the current pandemic, the deadline to submit applications has been extended to March 12, 2021.
The dates for the summer 2021 program are June 6 - July 9. Depending on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic, this summer's program may be virtual.  A decision on a virtual versus in-person program will not be made until well after the application deadline; therefore all interested candidates are encouraged to apply.


About the Welch Summer Scholar Program

The Welch Summer Scholar Program (WSSP), sponsored by the Robert A. Welch Foundation of Texas, began more than 30 years ago. To date, the WSSP has provided nearly 2,000 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 riqorous 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 in 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 scores, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, writing skills, and teacher recommendations.