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Moncrief Summer Internship

The Moncrief Undergraduate Summer Internship Program is organized to provide summer support for qualified undergraduate students of mathematics, science, and engineering to work within the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences during the summer months.

Interns work with faculty and research staff from one of the Oden Institute's research centers and groups on one of a wide range of research topics. Research activities generally focus on developing modeling and simulation methods to study problems in areas such as energy, environment, advanced materials, biomedical research, nanomanufacturing, autonomous systems and many other scientific and engineering areas that draw on applied and computational mathematics, computing, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, mathematical physics, and biology.

— We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2022 in November —

Eligibility Requirements

For participation in the Summer 2022 program applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents* who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution and will be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2022.

*International students may apply if they are currently enrolled in a U.S. institution.

Internship Information

  • Stipend: $9,000
  • Internship Dates: June 6 – August 12, 2022
  • Interns will be assigned a faculty supervisor in one of the Oden Institute's Research Centers or Groups and will work with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Applicants will be notified of decisions by March 4, 2022.

How to Apply

Submit the following materials to the Internship Coordinator via the Application Materials Uploader located below:

  1. Internship Application form
  2. Resume
  3. Personal Statement — write a 1 page (double-spaced) statement describing why you wish to participate in the Moncrief Summer Internship Program. You may include your past & current research experience and state your post-graduation career goals.
  4. A copy of your official transcript(s). PLEASE NOTE — this is a COPY of your official transcript (i.e. get your official transcript, scan it, and then upload it.) Copies of unofficial transcripts (such as those printed from your university's website) will not be accepted. UT AUSTIN STUDENTS do not need to upload their UT transcript. Provide your UT EID on the application form and we will access your transcript.
  5. Two (2) letters of recommendation (letters should uploaded directly by your references. Please provide them with the link to the Application Materials Uploader. PDF format is preferred.)

Application Materials Uploader

Please go to our Application Materials Uploader to upload your application materials.

Please review our Program FAQs for important and helpful information about your application and the internship. For questions regarding this program, please contact: csemgrad@oden.utexas.edu.

Previous summer research topics

Modeling the Extracellular Matrix around Valvular Interstitial Cells

Supervisor: Michael S. Sacks

A Core-Set Approach to Active Learning for Convolutional Neural Network

Supervisor: George Biros

Visualizing Coastal Flooding Simulations Effectively

Supervisor: Clint Dawson

Multiplicative Multifidelity Estimation

Supervisor: Karen E. Willcox

Thermodynamic Force Behind RNA Collapse

Supervisor: Ron Elber

Computational Biology Modeling of Protein Interaction Network Motifs

Supervisor: Stephen Yi

Recurrent Neural Network Models for Predicting ODE Dynamics

Supervisor: Tan Bui-Thanh

Active Perception with Structured Prior Knowledge

Supervisor: Ufuk Topcu

Inverse Hessian Estimation using Chain of Operators for Least-Square Migration

Supervisor: Sergey Fomel

Frequently asked questions

  • Who can apply for the internship?

    For participation in the Summer 2022 program, students must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution and be entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2022.

  • I am an international student. Can I apply for this internship?

    If you are currently attending a U.S. institution and hold a valid F-1 visa, you may apply.

  • Is research experience required?

    No, research experience is not required.

  • What coursework/experience will help me succeed in the internship?

    While not required, it has been noted by faculty and previous interns that the following coursework and/or experiences would be helpful for interns' success:

    Basic numerical methods

    Calculus

    Differential equations

    Finite elements courses

    Functional analysis

    LaTex

    Linear algebra

    Matlab

    Programming (languages such as C, Fortran)

    Scientific computing

    Statistics

  • What are the dates of the internship?

    The internship dates are June 6 – August 12, 2022 and roughly coincides with the University of Texas at Austin's summer semester schedule.

  • May I enroll in classes during the internship?

    We prefer that interns do not take classes over the summer, however it may be allowed contingent upon approval from the supervising professor. Tuition assistance cannot be provided.

  • Is housing provided?

    No, housing is not provided. Interns must make their own housing arrangements.

  • Will interns have access to the library and other campus services?

    Summer interns will be provided with a University ID Card, library privileges, permission to purchase a temporary membership to RecSports and permission to apply for and purchase a Parking Permit.

  • Do students work in groups or alone with faculty?

    Typically interns will be assigned to work within one of the Oden Institute's Research Centers or Groups. This will involve working with faculty, graduate students, and postdocs. Each intern may be assigned to a different Research Center/Group.

  • What is the deadline to apply?

    The application deadline for the Summer 2022 program is February 1, 2022. All materials must be received in our office no later than this date to receive consideration.

  • What information should be included in the ‘Relevant Background’ section of the application?

    Relevant background should include: coursework, previous summer internship positions, course projects in computational science and engineering (CSE) related courses, and previous jobs that include CSE research components. If there is a specific research center/group or faculty member you are interested in working with, you may indicate it here. You may submit this information in a separate document if you prefer.

  • Are transcripts required?

    Yes, a copy of your official transcript is required. Please note — this is a COPY of your OFFICIAL transcript. Obtain your official transcript from your university. Scan it. Upload the scanned copy. Please do not submit copies of unofficial transcripts (such as those printed from your university's website).

  • How are intern selections made?

    All applications are reviewed by the Internship Committee, which makes selections and assigns interns to a research group and supervising professor. If you are accepted, you will receive notification of which supervisor and research center/group you have been assigned to. You are strongly encouraged to contact your assigned supervisor prior to accepting the internship to ensure the proposed project topic/research area matches your interests.

  • How will students be notified of the committee’s decision?

    All applicants will be notified via e-mail once selections have been made.

  • How many interns are selected each summer?

    The number of internships awarded each year varies. In general, we anticipate awarding between 5 and 10 internships per year.

  • What have previous interns said were the most valuable aspects of the internship?

    Learning how research is done in an academic setting

    Engaging in self-guided learning

    The experiences and connections gained by working closely with faculty

    Working on a team

    Getting a preview of graduate student life

    Hands-on experience with applied computational algorithms

    Learning about computational biomedical research

    Learning to code in C and Matlab

    The opportunity to attend talks given by visiting scholars

  • How should I submit the application materials?

    Please use the Application Materials Uploader.