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 and 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.

In 2020, the virtual, five-day summer institute was held July 20-24 and used a number of online resources specifically created or made available to participants. For 2021, we plan to host the institute in late July, either in-person or online, depending upon the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 $500 stipend for participating in the institute, as well as a $400 stipend for providing an abbreviated version of the institute in their own school district during the following school year.

Please download our 2020 information page for further details. Information on 2021 will be forthcoming.


Institute Dates: 2021 dates likely to be held at the end of July, but specific dates are TBD

Deadline: TBA 

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)