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 consistently provides over 365,000 direct jobs to Texans.

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.

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.

Energy Excursions

Our summer institute introduces teachers to the free, online curriculum developed by our subject matter and educational experts for high school STEM students and teachers: Energy Excursions (

Energy Excursions is for high school teachers seeking to easily include energy topics in their classroom to meet required content standards, to showcase the integrated nature of STEM using applied energy topics, to provide their students with online curriculum that covers the various levels of Blooms Taxonomy, culminating in a design challenge for the student.

Energy Excursions gives both teachers and students a window into the interdisciplinary nature of the skills, knowledge, and creativity required to provide energy to a global society, as well as an understanding of the challenges that make energy projects exciting and the oversight and considerations that keep these projects safe for humans and their environment.

The University of Texas at Austin, Hildebrand Department of Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering designed Energy Excursions to make it easy for teachers to peruse the standards (TEKS) and practices (CollegeBoard) aligned with our online curriculum. That’s why you’ll find easy-to-use, searchable features for each course, lesson, and topic page we present as part of our curriculum.

Easy-to-use, free, and no logins or memberships required—just real-world, energy curriculum aligned to the essential knowledge and skills of the subjects teachers instruct.

Please download our 2022 information page for further details.

Important Information

Institute Dates: July 18–22, 2022

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline based on space availability.

Apply at: PSTI Application 2022

Questions: Contact Dori Coy

Resources: Available to summer institute teachers and participants in our leadership program

UT Canvas website (login required)

TOP Energy Training website (login required)

Energy Excursions (free)