High School Students

Summer Intern Program

Are you interested in making your own scientific discoveries? The Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research (WCAAR) offers opportunities for highly motivated high school students to perform original research on a wide variety of topics, as part of a research team.

We have summer programs available for high school students who are 15 years or older, under the supervision of faculty sponsors.  Please contact faculty members directly for available positions. If a faculty member agrees to sponsor you, follow the how-to-apply steps. Students and supervisors should decide on start and end dates (between June 1 and August 31), as well as a weekly schedule of beginning and ending times, before completing submission forms. Participants will be classified as volunteer, unpaid student interns.

Research Methods

Research Methods is for students with little or no previous research experience. The goal of the program is to introduce students to scientific thought and methods. Students will work on a research project of their own design, with help and direction from UT researchers. Students will learn how to design experiments, collect and analyze data, and communicate their discoveries. Additionally, they will learn about different research projects at UT Austin, including visits to some of the university's research facilities.

Research Project

The Research Project is generally reserved for students who have completed the Research Methods program and are ready to be placed into ongoing research projects. Students will participate in many different facets of research while gaining valuable insight and experience. Additional activities include research seminars and visits to other UT Austin research facilities.

Additional Info

At the end of the program, students will present their research results.

Each high school researcher will arrange specific hours and dates with their faculty sponsor.

To be eligible for participation in one of these intern programs, students must be 15 years or older.

Application materials are due no later than the first Monday in April.

Our program is registered with the University's Youth Protection Program (YPP).

The Intern Program is NOT a residential program, and we do not provide housing or transportation for participants.

Submit forms to WCAAR High School Intern Program