Student Employment and Educational Opportunities
ARL:UT offers ongoing, year-round employment for undergraduate students pursuing degrees in fields related to ARL:UT research. Tuition assistance is awarded based on the student’s academic performance at the university and their work commitment at ARL:UT during each semester of the award. Tuition assistance is also available for students participating in the Cooperative Engineering Education Program at The University of Texas at Austin or similar programs at other universities.
Graduate Student Opportunities
Most graduate research assistants (GRAs) pursue degrees in the engineering and natural sciences at the university and work on a variety of projects at ARL:UT, such as studying sound propagation through flames, bubble dynamics, fish school acoustics, and nonlinear shear wave propagation. Read more about graduate research.
Compensation for a graduate research assistant includes competitive pay, tuition remission, and health insurance.
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship program puts research in engineering, computer science, physics, and math into the hands of students during the summer between high school and college. Students selected for the program often have their first experience working in a laboratory research-and-development environment and learn more about careers in their chosen fields of study. Preference is given to students planning to attend The University of Texas at Austin.
The Honors IR&D Summer Internship offers paid hands-on experience with the option for continued part-time employment during the fall or spring semesters. Interns are selected from a list of candidates provided by the university’s deans of the College of Natural Sciences, Cockrell School of Engineering, and the Jackson School of Geosciences to participate in ongoing sponsored ARL:UT research programs. Because many of the programs focus on research that improves our national security, participating students often choose to pursue careers in this area after graduation.
Since 2006, ARL:UT has chosen talented graduate students interested in studying acoustics to receive The McKinney Fellowship, named in honor of Chester McKinney, who served as ARL:UT’s director from 1965 to 1980.
This competitive fellowship encourages students to perform acoustics-related research at the university in exchange for a compensation package that includes a stipend and payment of tuition and fees, a $3,000 cash award, and support for attending professional meetings related to their research. A selection committee of university faculty and ARL:UT researchers chooses fellows from a pool of students in the university’s acoustics graduate program, and a faculty member associated with ARL:UT supervises the dissertation or thesis of the McKinney Fellow. Other ARL:UT research staff may also be appointed to the student’s thesis or dissertation research committee.
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ARL:UT operates two competitive summer educational programs—the Apprentice program for high school graduates who have been accepted into a UT STEM program, and the Honors Scholar Program for UT STEM majors. The students tour LTTS each year.