Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin

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Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

The Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) brings together innovative undergraduate minds from across the country to The University of Texas at Austin Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) Department to research hot energy topics with world-class faculty members.

Interns receive an insider look at graduate level work conducted at UT PGE, home to the #1 petroleum engineering graduate program in the country, according to US News & World Report. In addition to participating in meaningful academic research, interns learn about the diverse areas of petroleum and geosystems engineering and build strong relationships with their cohort.

SURI is a rewarding 10-week program, offering a $4,000 stipend. In addition, UT PGE provides funding to travel to Austin, housing in an on-campus residence hall that includes a stipend for meals. 

All applicants to SURI must:

  • Have a 3.25+ GPA
  • Have taken at least 45 hours of credit at your current institution (AP credit does not count)
  • Not be a current freshman or graduating senior 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Fully commit to the 10-week program
  • Be majoring in any engineering discipline, geosciences, math, or natural sciences

The SURI program is intended for students who have a strong desire to pursue a PhD in petroleum engineering.

We hope you will consider our 2016 program - we will begin accepting applications in early fall of 2015.





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SURI sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors who make the SURI program possible:

*S.P. Yates Memorial Endowment for Student Projects in Petroleum Engineering


*the Bob and Betty Agnew Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

*the George H. Sawyer Memorial Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum Engineering

*the Aaron Cawley Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

*the Stephens Family Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

*Friends of Alec Various Donors