Chemistry Research Experience
Explore Current Research in Chemistry
Summer 2024: TBD
CREATE’s summer research program takes place on UT Austin's main campus and involves research groups within UT's Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Molecular Biosciences. During June and July, students work with a UT Austin research advisor on a project that explores a topic of current interest in chemical research. Potential topics include the design of new light absorbing materials for solar energy conversion and light-responsive chemical sensors, the mobility of biomolecules within cells and membranes, and catalytic mechanisms for the production of chemical fuels. These projects are conducted within a research group that affords CREATE students a chance to network with scientists and engineers working on state-of-the-art problems in chemistry. CREATE students are also invited to attend research seminars that showcase ongoing research work at UT Austin and other Universities.
Student participants in CREATE earn course credit via UT Austin’s Extension Program and financial support via a research stipend.
STEM majors currently enrolled at Austin Community College
Completion of a General Chemistry sequence by the start of internship (preferred)
GPA of 3.0 (preferred)
You can find information on how to apply for CREATE’s summer research experience below.
Step 1: Research Participating Faculty Mentors
Before applying for CREATE’s Summer Internship, we recommend that you identify Faculty Mentors who you would like to work with based on your interest in their current research. Some resources are:
The UT research group pages that are linked under participating faculty
Attending our seminar series in-person at ACC Highland or via Zoom
* format varies for each seminar.
Step 2: Gather Supporting Documentation
To apply for CREATE’s Summer Internship, you will need the following:
An unofficial transcript describing courses taken at Austin Community College.
A resume or curriculum vitae.
Up to two recommendations, preferably from individuals who can speak of your performance in science labs.
When you are committed to applying, please identify the two people who you would like to request a recommendation from and notify them of your intent.
NOTE: At least one letter of recommendation must be from an ACC professor. In addition, a minimum of one letter of recommendation is required but two are preferred.
Step 3: Submit Your Application
Once you have assembled your supporting documentation, please complete this application form.
Please request the professor recommending you for CREATE to complete this recommendation form.
All application materials must be received ahead of the application deadline which is typically before the end of April.