High School Research Initiative

The University of Texas High School Research Initiative (HRI) is a scientific inquiry program supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the NIH. We are focused on training teachers in rural high schools across 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 training, resources, and undergraduate mentors to facilitate flexible modular experiences in the health sciences for high school classrooms.

HRI Teaching Modules


Our curated HRI modules fit best within Career & Technical Education (CTE) health science classes, life sciences, and the scientific research and design course. 


Learn more about each module by clicking the links below:

Caffeinated Coli Kit 

Virtual Drug Screening

Fish Behavior

Habitat Scouts


We provide teachers and educators:

  • access and training for seven unique inquiry modules (one to five weeks). 
  • virtual office hours with research faculty members and undergraduate mentors.
  • virtual 3-4 week summer professional development training to assist with teaching the modules.


HRI Summer Professional Training


Our professional development workshop offers a practical approach to incorporating project-based inquiry experiences into your STEM class.


Participants will:

  • receive first-hand experience to the inquiry-based approach with instructor guidance.
  • explore topics such as experimental design, lab safety, scientific writing, frequentist statistics, and more.
  • learn about modules (created by UT research faculty) to implement into their course(s). 


2023 Summer Professional Development


Fish Behavior 5/30-6/1, 9am-12pm

Virtual Drug Screening 6/5-6/7, 9am-12pm

Caffeinated Coli 6/5-6/7, 1pm-4pm

Habitat Scouts 6/7-6/9, 1pm-4pm

General Research Methods 6/12-6/16 & 6/20-6/23, 9am-12pm 

All sessions will take place virtually. All session times are CDT. 

Cost: Free! This program is supported by an NIH-SEPA Award. Depending on your district location various stipend amounts may also be available.

For more information please contact Gwen Stovall (gwenstovall@utexas.edu).


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