Petroleum Science and Technology Institute


UT Austin’s Petroleum Science & Technology Institute introduces STEM high school teachers to the latest technological innovations in the Texas oil and gas industry. The petroleum industry has some of the fastest rates of technological change and engineering innovation in the marketplace. A better technical understanding of petroleum science, engineering and technology provides teachers with the foundation to better instruct, inspire and mentor their students for potential opportunities in an industry that provided over 365,000 direct jobs to Texans in 2019.

The five-day summer institute is led by numerous faculty from the Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. It includes hands-on activities and labs, discussion sessions, breakout sessions, and online coursework. Participants have the opportunity to meet faculty and discuss technology, engineering, careers, and other topics in an informal setting.

Due to continued travel and safety restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the five-day summer institute will be virtual, held July 19-23, using several online resources specifically created and made available to participants.

The activities on Petroleum Geology, Drilling and Well Logging were very interesting and have many applications for my students.

- Petroleum Science & Technology Institute Participant

Each teacher receives a $900 stipend for participating in the institute and providing an abbreviated version of the institute in their school district during the following school year.

Please download our 2021 information page for further details.


Institute Dates: July 19 - 23, 2021

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Apply at: PSTI Application 2021

Questions: Dori Coy at

Resources for the summer institute teachers and participants in our leadership program:

UT Canvas website (login required)

TOP Energy Training website (login required)