Undergraduate Research Traineeship Experience (RTX)

Join us for the Jackson School of Geosciences Summer 2021 Virtual Research Traineeship Experience (RTX)!

June 7-August 4, 2021 (orientation June 2-4)
Virtual, online format
Deadline extended — Apply now through April 5!

Individual photos of the twenty three trainees who participated in the 2020 RTX. The students are racially diverse.
Twenty three trainees from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds participated in the virtual 2020 research traineeship experience (RTX), with the theme GeoVISION.

The RTX is a paid opportunity for STEM undergraduates and recent graduates to gain technical skills, get involved in geoscience research and develop your own educational and professional goals.

Apply by April 5, 2021!


Who can participate?What would I do?What do I gain?How do I apply?

I’m interested in being a mentor!



Who can participate in the RTX?

  • We welcome applications from undergraduates and recent graduates* majoring in geoscience and other STEM fields, such as computer science, mathematics, chemistry and physics. Applicants attending two-year colleges with plans to transfer to a four-year university are welcome. Students who have had a non-traditional path (e.g. parents, military veterans) are also welcome!
  • No prior experience with computation, programming or research is required. Novices are welcome!
  • The RTX strives to involve trainees from a range of identities, abilities and backgrounds who represent the entire spectrum of our society. We are excited to receive applications from students from groups historically underrepresented in the geosciences, including students who are Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latinx, female, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. We welcome LGBTQ students.
  • The RTX is not limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. International students are welcome to apply!
  • *Generally, we consider graduated within the last year as “recent,” but other situations may be considered. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact Dr. Dana Thomas at dthomas@jsg.utexas.edu or Dr. Samuel Moore at slmoore@jsg.utexas.edu.


What would I do as an RTX trainee?

  • Spend eight weeks as part of a cohort of students learning together and supporting one another.
  • Participate in a series of training modules on data analytics, computational techniques, digital tools, and programming languages used in the geosciences.
  • Engage in weekly workshops on research skills and personal and professional development, with topics like reading scientific literature, coping with stress, and how to apply to graduate school.
  • Trainees are selected as a “Researcher” or a “Learner.”
    • “Researchers” are paired with mentors and guided through an independent research project that focuses on applying the skills learned.
    • “Learners” gain research exposure by attending Jackson School research group meetings through “Research Rotations.”
  • See examples of past projects and training modules here.


What do I gain from the RTX in addition to the content?

  • Financial compensation for your participation: Researchers can earn up to $5,200. Learners can earn up to $1,400.
  • Access to informational and technological needs, including laptops and software and access to the UT library system.
  • Support for presenting your research at professional conferences. You will be able to request financial assistance for registration and travel.
  • Continued support in your educational and professional development.


How do I apply?

  • Check that the program dates of June 2 – August 4 work with your schedule.*
  • Confirm your eligibility (see above).
  • Consider which areas of geoscience research interest you most, especially if you are applying to be a Researcher. Visit this website to learn more about research at JSG: http://www.jsg.utexas.edu/research/.
  • Preview the application by downloading this file: Preview_JSG_RTX_Trainee_Application_2021.
    • We suggest you compose your short answer questions prior to completing the online application.
  • Complete the online application here: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_51EVUAIsw3d6kyW, which includes:
    • Basic contact and educational info
    • Info on technical background and previous research experience
    • Three short answer essays
    • Name and contact information of someone as a reference (letters of recommendation are not requested)
  • *The RTX is a blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning. We may be able to accommodate certain scheduling conflicts. However, you should consider the RTX your primary activity that you spend the most time on for the eight weeks.

Are you a JSG faculty member, research scientist, postdoctoral scholar or graduate student interested in mentoring a student, leading a training module, or hosting students in your group meetings?

Please let us know here,
or contact Dr. Dana Thomas at dthomas@jsg.utexas.edu or Dr. Samuel Moore at slmoore@jsg.utexas.edu.