UTSA COS Summer Research Experience
Frequently Asked Questions

There will not be a COS Summer Research Experience until further notice
Who should apply for this program?

The program is for undergraduate junior and senior level students who are interested in exploring a career in scientific research; Ph.D.-oriented candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

What are the eligibility requirements?

All applicants must be attending a university and plan to return there to complete their undergraduate degree; you cannot graduate before or during the program. Applicants should have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Prior research experience is preferred but not required.

What are the program dates?


Who can submit a letter of recommendation for me?

Two letters of recommendation are required from faculty at your university that are familiar with your ability in math/science/engineering. If you have had prior research experience, please list the research mentor as reference #1 on the application.

My school does not let out until after the program start date. Can I still apply?

Please contact Dr. Gail Taylor at (210) 458-5761 or gail.taylor@utsa.edu to discuss.

I have another commitment during the summer and will not be able to participate for a complete 10 weeks. Am I eligible?

The program has multiple goals that require student participation for the entire 10 weeks in order to fulfill the goals. Please contact Dr. Gail Taylor at (210) 458-5761 or gail.taylor@utsa.edu if you have questions.

Can I start earlier than the proposed start date?

The program has planned activities during the specified 10-week period. Earlier start dates are not allowed.

I was offered a position but wish to decline the offer. What do I need to do?

Once you have made your decision, contact the program immediately at (210) 458-5761 or gail.taylor@utsa.edu. The sooner we know, the sooner we can select and notify another qualified applicant of their acceptance.

How will I find a research project to work on? Do I have a say in which lab I will be assigned to?

During the application process, you are asked to identify projects from a list of possible faculty mentors and projects on our web site. If you are accepted, the program acceptance notification will include your project assignment. Lab placement depends on a variety of factors but we try to honor your application choices.

What is the stipend for the program? How will it be paid?

The program stipend is TBD. It will be paid in three (3) installments during the 10 weeks of the program.

Is my stipend taxable?

Yes, your stipend is taxable and you should report it in your tax filings.

Is travel provided?

The program will pay some travel costs. For air travel, coordinate with the program; we will make your reservations. If you are bringing a car, please provide evidence of mileage from your home to the UTSA campus.

Is housing provided?

Housing is provided for students who live outside the greater San Antonio area.

What is included in the housing? What should I bring?

Housing includes basic furniture and all utilities, cable, and high speed internet; a refrigerator and microwave are also provided. TV, kitchen/food-related items, and bedding are NOT included. Coin-operated laundry facilities are available. You should bring bedding (pillow, bed linens, blanket), towels, toiletries, and your personal electronics.

Is a meal plan provided?

The program does not include a meal plan; however, there are many inexpensive restaurants on and near the campus.

Is health care provided for program participants?

The program does not provide a health care plan. Prior to beginning the program, you will need to email us proof of health insurance.

Will other activities (beyond work) be provided?

There will be additional activities such as field trips, seminars, and other informal social events. A calendar of these events will be provided.

How should I pack for San Antonio weather?

It's hot here, so be sure to pack a lot of casual light clothing. Also, it's a good idea to include one semi-dressy ensemble; dress in business casual to impress during your final poster presentation. We are one of the most air-conditioned cities in the world and you will be spending much of your time in a laboratory setting, so bring a light jacket or sweater.

What is the dress code in the lab?

Once you have been notified of your lab assignment, contact your mentor directly about what to wear. Attire is generally student-casual (i.e., no bare midriffs or spaghetti strap tops or short-shorts) with comfortable closed-toe shoes; however, your assigned lab may have additional requirements.

What should I do before I arrive?

You will be contacted by the program staff to provide certain necessary paperwork for your appointment into the program (eg. proof of health insurance). You are strongly encouraged to contact your faculty mentor to introduce yourself and request any suggested reading materials to prepare for your summer research project.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the program?

If you have questions regarding this program, please contact Dr. Gail Taylor at (210) 458-5761 or gail.taylor@utsa.edu.