Cockrell School of Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin


SURI brings together innovative undergraduate minds from prestigious universities across the country to UT PGE to research hot energy topics with world-class faculty members.

Interns receive an insider look at graduate level work conducted at UT PGE, which is home to the No. 1 graduate and No. 1 undergraduate petroleum engineering programs in the country according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings. In addition to participating in meaningful academic research, interns learn about the diverse areas of petroleum and geosystems engineering and build strong relationships with their cohort.

SURI is a rewarding 10-week program, running from June 3 - August 9. For non-UT Austin students, the program offers a $4,000 stipend with funding to travel to/from Austin and housing in an on-campus residence hall that includes a stipend for meals. For UT Austin students, the program offers a $5,000 stipend that doesn't include housing and meals.

All requirements below must be met in order to be considered:

  • Have a 3.25+ GPA
  • Have taken at least 45 hours of credit at your current institution (AP credit does not count)
  • Not be a current freshman or graduating senior
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Fully commit to the 10-week program
  • Be majoring in engineering, geosciences, math, or natural sciences
  • Be enrolled in a four-year institution

The SURI program is intended for students who have a strong desire to pursue a PhD in petroleum engineering.

The application for the 2019 program will become available in December.




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SURI supporters

Thank you to all our supporters who make the SURI program possible:

*S.P. Yates Memorial Endowment for Student Projects in Petroleum Engineering



*the Bob and Betty Agnew Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

*the George H. Sawyer Memorial Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum Engineering

*the Aaron Cawley Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

*the Stephens Family Endowed Excellence Fund in Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering

*Friends of Alec Various Donors