Testimonials

"I would recommend this program to any student who enjoys chemistry..."
"I'm a former Welch Scholar who participated in the program at UT Austin. I'm currently an undergraduate studying Chemical Engineering at MIT with plans on graduating in 2018.  I loved the Welch program and it was then when I had my first research experience. When I first arrived, they had us choose from a list of jargon-rich projects, none of which I could understand. But the chemistry laboratory that I ended up in was a great fit and allowed me to work with my hands, run experiments, and present on my work. Although I know now that I would rather work in industry rather than in a laboratory, I'm really thankful for the opportunity that Welch gave me to explore that option.  I would recommend this program to any student who enjoys chemistry (or even science in general) and I am so glad it is continued to this day!"
-Vitoria Moreno-Costa
WSSP Site: UT-Austin
 
 
"I really credit WSSP for first introducing me to the struggles and rewards of research..."
"I’m a former Welch Scholar, and then I RA’d the program at UT Austin as an undergrad. I wanted to update the program on where I am. I graduated UT this past May, and I’m now a PhD student at Stanford in Electrical Engineering and was awarded the NSF fellowship for my graduate work this year.   I really credit WSSP for first introducing me to the struggles and rewards of research, and I think going through the program allowed me to jump into undergraduate research early on when I came to the university. I also remained good friends with some of my fellow scholars when we entered UT.  Thank you for the continued work you all put into running the program! It truly has made a difference in my career trajectory so far."
-Nikhil Garg
WSSP Site: UT-Austin
 
 
 
testimonials-"WSSP will...prove to be a rewarding experience beyond comparison..."
"From the lows of processing hours worth of unprolific data and joking about leaving academia for industry, to the highs of insightful group meeting discussions, WSSP alumni learn to love it all. And if being immersed in a welcoming and teaching university lab group isn't enough, professional friendships that act as a jump start to college networking and personal friendships with the fellow "Welchkins" will certainly consume any remaining interest during the 5-week program. A sneak peak of college life, priceless friendships, your next amusement park screaming buddy, and graduate-level research all come in a great big package at Welch. Even for those who have their eyes set on a career in the sciences and academia, WSSP will still prove to be a rewarding experience beyond comparison."
-Yingxuan Tan
WSSP Site: UT-Arlington
 
 
"It was a truly unforgettable experience..."
"The Welch Summer Program was an amazing opportunity! I learned so much about the field of photovoltaic technology, and was able to conduct actual research with my helpful and knowledgeable mentors. During the program my fellow Welch Scholars and I had such a fun time on our outings and in our dorms; we became very good friends. It was truly an unforgettable experience."
-Spoorthi Kamepalli
WSSP Site: UT-Dallas
 
 
"This program has definitely influenced my plans on going into the field of science..."
"Getting to work directly in a research lab with graduate students was a rewarding experience that taught me about the structure and nature of scientific research. This program has definitely influenced my plans on going into the field of science and allowed me to meet and interact with seven other high school students with common interests. There's undoubtedly a lot of time dedicated towards lab work and crafting a research paper, but the five weeks were also filled with a lot of fun trips and intense card games. Not only that, I made seven close friends that I hope to cross paths with again in the future."
-Winnie Lu
WSSP Site: UT-Arlington
 
 
"The program was both rewarding and extremely fun..."
"I felt that the program was both very rewarding and extremely fun. I learned a lot about not only chemistry but also about how to perform research and write papers. I really appreciate this opportunity."
-Jingze Yu
WSSP Site: Texas Tech University
 
 

"I had the opportunity...to immerse myself in cutting edge research..."

testimonials-"At Welch, I had the rare opportunity as a high school student to immerse myself in cutting edge research that could actually have an impact on the medical and scientific world. More importantly, though, in five weeks, I developed friendships that I am confident will last a lifetime."
 -Serena Wang
 College Station, TX.
 WSSP Site: UT-Dallas

 
 
 
"WSSP was amazing..."
"WSSP was amazing. Not only did I get to help with ongoing and relevant research, but also got to know some really cool people, thoroughly take advantage of all UT Austin had to offer, and generally have fun while still learning!"
 -Lauren Liou
 Grand Prairie, TX
 WSSP Site: UT-Austin
 
 
 

"Not only did I get to help with ongoing and relevant research, but also got to know some really cool people."

testimonials-"Meeting other students from Texas who were interested in science was such a rewarding experience, and the wonderful friends I made during my time on campus are people I will definitely keep in touch with for years to come. Being on campus was also a fantastic experience and really gave me a feel for being away from home and what college will be like, which is really important as senior year rolls around and those apps start."
    -Shree Bose (WSSP 2011, and Google Science Fair 2011 Winner)
    Fort Worth, TX
    WSSP Site: UT Austin

"The Welch Summer Scholars Program provided a research environment where I could get to understand the research very quickly and read background research papers and understand them.  The freedom was amazing.  You could play basketball with college students or run at the track  (which was important in July) at the rec center, you could eat where you wanted, work where you wanted (within legal codes and the university campus), and in general, work at your pace."
 -Johannes Kronenberg
 College Station, TX
 WSSP Site: Texas Tech University
 
 

"This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

testimonials-"Not only did I learn what it was like to live on a college campus (did you know it turns out fine if you wash all your clothes in the same load?), but I also stayed up until 5am writing papers with some of the most amazing people I've ever known. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that taught me a lot about chemistry and a lot about making friends."

 -Rachel Jagielski  Arlington, TX
 WSSP Site: UT Austin



 
 
 
"An opportunity to be around so many incredibly motivated and talented young men and women..."
"I learned three very important lessons from my five weeks at Welch.  Firstly, failure, even repeated failure, is no less important in eventually finding solutions than that eventual success; second, the best science raises as many questions as it answers; and most importantly, the most successful research is collaborative.  Additionally, I appreciated the experience as an opportunity to be around so many incredibly motivated and talented young men and women."
 -Oliver Quintero
 The Woodlands, TX
 WSSP Site: UT-Austin
 
 

"I had a BLAST at Welch... I can't wait to get my hands on some dangerous chemicals again."

"I had a BLAST at Welch! I never thought it'd be so much fun! The five weeks flew by so fast, I wish I could relive it again! I met so many great people, people I'll never forget, and I'm really thankful I had this opportunity. Most importantly, I think it showed me how much I enjoyed research, which honestly surprised me. How, as I apply to universities, I'm really looking for ones that have active research programs and that'll enable me to research as early as possible. I can't wait to get my hands on some dangerous chemicals again."
-Jingyan Yue
Houston, TX
WSSP Site: UT-Arlington

 
 
 

"I would like to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude for the Welch Foundation..."

testimonials-"I attended the Welch Summer Scholars Program at the University of Arlington Site and have recently been honored with as a Semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for my chemical research project I completed as a Welch Summer Scholar. I would like to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude for the Welch Foundation in sponsoring such an amazing program and the Welch Summer Scholars Program for exposing bright minds like mine to the wonderful world of chemical research."
      -Haiyin Wang
       Pearland, TX
       WSSP Site: UT-Arlington
 
 
 

"This remarkable five-week program taught me the importance of getting out of my comfort zone."

testimonials-"The Welch experience was enlightening and life-changing.  I was provided a unique opportunity to engage in graduate-level scientific research as a high school student.  On campus, I was able to fully immerse myself in research to question, investigate, and transform uncertainties into solid conclusions that may beneficially impact the world.  Our mentor, Dr. Hanna, ensured that us Welchies enjoyed awesome bonding activities.  From trapezing on a Ropes Course and riding Elephants at the Science Spectrum, to eating turkey legs and funnel cakes at the July 4th parade, I was able to form friendships with amazing people.  This remarkable five-week program taught me the importance of getting out of my comfort zone and enabled me to experience living on a college campus!"
 
testimonials-–Serena Zadoo (WSSP and Siemens Semifinalist)
Austin, TX
WSSP Site: Texas Tech University