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High School Research

The Science Park High School Research Program offers academically talented high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scientific research under the direction of faculty mentors at the Science Park campus in Smithville, TX. 



 "Lab Rats" Academic-Year Program

Students who participate in the Lab Rats program during the academic year are provided an opportunity to earn one science credit in a Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved course called Scientific Research & Design. Academic-year participants are expected to devote at least 10 hours a week to the program for two semesters.

Summer Program in Cancer Research

A summer program is also offered for high school students in conjunction with the Summer Program in Cancer Research  (SPCR). During the summer, high school students participate in a variety of activities including a weekly lecture series developed and administered by postdoctoral fellows and the Scientific Symposium, where students present a 10-minute talk describing their research results. SPCR students are recruited for both the Smithville and Bastrop campuses, and are required to participate in all 10 weeks of the program, dedicating approximately 40 hours each week. A generous stipend is provided.

How to Apply

Internship Application Form  

Academic year program: Now accepting applications from local high school students for the 2014-2015 academic year program. Applications may be sent to Chris Contreras at  Please contact Chris via email or (512) 237-9425 if you have any questions.

Summer program: The application deadline for the 2014 summer program has now passed. Please check back in November 2014 for information on the 2015 summer program. Contact Chris Contreras at (512) 237-9425 or for more information.

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