The University of Texas High School Research Initiative (HRI) is a scientific inquiry program between nationally recognized programs, UTeach & FRI. The HRI program is focused on training teachers in rural high schools across the entire state of Texas to successfully lead independent research experiences for high school students, infuse inquiry into existing curriculum, and use innovative resources to support inquiry in the classroom.
HRI provides access to training, resources, and undergraduate mentors to facilitate flexible modular experiences in the health sciences for high school classrooms. In addition, we offer an intensive HRI Professional Development program including an intensive 4-week teacher summer training developed around the inquiry-driven science modules and steeped with science content knowledge and skills, statistics, ethics, Sheltered Instruction practices, and project management training, as well as opportunities to participate in an authentic research experience with a UT faculty member. Ongoing professional development and activities (e.g., monthly meetings, opportunities for reflection, access to mentor teachers, etc.) are also provided for additional support throughout the year.
HRI is supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the NIH.