Summer Research

For the incoming class of 2017. Some students decide to partake in research the summer before their first semester at TAMS. There are a couple of important things to note:

1) Not many students do research over the summer before junior year. Enjoy your summer before TAMS, you’ll have plenty of time to conduct research once school has started!
2) When approaching professors, you CANNOT say you are a current student at TAMS because you have not officially started schooling at the Academy.
3) Yes, you can use your summer research for all competitions during the fall i.e. TJSHS and Siemens.
4) We recommend continuing the same project, or a similar project, during the fall at a lab at UNT to better prepare yourself for all of the Intel ISEF affiliated fairs (FWRSEF, EMTSEF, Intel ISEF). The more data, the better.
5) If you plan on conducting research over the summer and you also plan on submitting your project to FWRSEF, please at least wait until after Summer Orientation  as the forms process is changing this year.

If you have any questions regarding summer research please do not hesitate to email us at We usually reply within six (6) hours.


Here are some examples of summer research opportunities that you can apply for outside of UNT:

REMEMBER: Consistency is also something to be taken into account. Colleges love consistency and bouncing between labs can be more of a detriment rather than a benefit.

  1.  Cancer Research List – A list of summer research opportunities made by the American Association for Cancer Research
  2. UTD Nanoexplorers Program – High school students are able to do original research work through joining a faculty ember’s research lab based on their interest.
  3. UT Southwestern STARS Program – an eight-week program designed to give teachers and students an opportunity to work side by side with a faculty host in a research laboratory. Participants are paid a stipend and are required to present the results of their research at the end of the summer. Applications are available at the beginning of December.
  4. TTU Clark Scholars Program – The Clark Scholar Program is an intensive seven week summer research program for highly qualified high school juniors and seniors. The Scholars will receive a $750 tax-free stipend and room and board.
  5. Welch Summer Scholar Program – High school students across Texas participate in a five-week summer residency program at participating institutions, including The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Houston and Texas Tech University.
  6. Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program – A competitive program for graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college in the fall semester following graduation and who have applied to The University of Texas at Austin.
  7. UT Health Science Center at San Antonio – A list of summer programs for undergraduates, high school students and teachers
  8. MD Anderson Cancer Center – Summer research program in cancer prevention
  9. RIT – Rochester Institute of Technology
  10. RSI – Research Science Institute at MIT(!)
  11. Columbia Biology
  12. Columbia Chemistry
  13. Stanford – Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Program
  14. NIH Summer Internship Program – National Institute of Health
  15. NASA Develop – A NASA program based on NASA Earth
  16. Monell Center – Institute located in Philadelphia that does research on taste and smell
  17.  POE Program – Pediatric Oncology Education Program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital