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Summer Undergraduate Research Internship

Applications are currently being accepted for The University of Texas at Austin Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering (UT PGE) 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program, which will run from May 31 - August 6, 2016. The application deadline is January 10 by midnight.

SURI brings together innovative undergraduate minds from prestigious universities across the country to UT PGE 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 U.S. 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 and 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 engineering, geosciences, math, or natural sciences

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

Application Steps:

Step #1 (this step needs to be done first) – You must complete the online application. We recommend that take a look at the entire application before you submit it. You will be asked to submit several essays and a resume. Please have your answers ready to go when you are ready before you fill out the application. You will not be able to go back and edit/change responses. We will not consider multiple applications.

Step #2 – You will need one person to submit an online recommendation form in order to complete your application. If you have ever performed undergraduate research, the recommendation must come from your supervisor. If we do not receive the recommendation form by the deadline, your application will be incomplete and you will not be considered for the program. Again, the deadline is January 10 by midnight.

The committee will not begin reviewing applications until after the deadline. Decisions will be made before the end March. Once you have received an offer to participate in the program, you will be required to submit your official college transcript to the UT PGE department within two weeks to confirm your participation.






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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