Summer and Academic Year Programs
The Science Park High School Research Program offers academically talented high school students the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge scientific research under the direction of faculty mentors at the Science Park campus in Smithville, Texas. These programs are open to high school students in Bastrop and surrounding counties only.
"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 the Smithville campus, and are required to participate in all 10 weeks of the program, dedicating approximately 40 hours each week. A generous stipend is provided. Students who are at least 16 years old and have not yet graduated (prior to the start of the program) are eligible.
How to Apply
Please complete this Internship Application and return it, two letters of recommendation from current or past teachers, and a copy of your official academic transcript to Ms. Chris Contreras via fax or email.
Academic Year Program:
Applications from local high school students (Bastrop and surrounding counties) for the 2019-2020 Academic Year Program may be submitted starting in June. Please contact Ms. Chris Contreras with any questions via phone or email.
The application period for the 2019 Summer Program is now closed. Please check back in November to apply for the 2020 Summer Program. Please contact Ms. Chris Contreras for more information.
Past Summer High School Interns
From the west:
Take Texas Highway 71 East towards Bastrop/Smithville. As you approach Smithville, you will pass La Cabaña Restaurant and a Chevron gas station on the right. Immediately past the Chevron station, you will turn left across Highway 71 West and onto KLBJ Road.
From the east:
Take Texas Highway 71 West towards Smithville/Bastrop. Near Smithville, you will pass Spiradrill on the right and Smithville Hospital on the left. Look for a small sign marking KLBJ Road. There is only a very short exit ramp marked on the shoulder of the highway. If you pass a Chevron gas station and La Cabaña Restaurant on your left, you have gone too far.
Once on KLBJ Road:
Take the first left onto Ann Powell Road. At the end of Ann Powell Road, you will see a stop sign and a sign directing you toward Science Park, where you will turn left onto the winding Park Road 1-C (there is no sign marking Park Road 1-C). Science Park will be on your right with a large wooden sign marking the entrance. Upon arrival at the gate, use the intercom to ask the guard for additional directions.