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Research Apprentices Program

Science and technology makes our lives better. We use it everyday. Science can be cool. But what do you know about science? Do you know how science works? The United States is a leader in scientific research. Would you like to participate in real scientific research that can make a difference in tomorrow’s world in a university lab setting? 

Our department offers high school students the chance to participate in journal-worthy research projects through its Research Apprentices Program (RAP). The program targets strong achievers who are high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. 

  • Hands-on research lab experience 
  • Improve your knowledge of science 
  • Potential to co-author research journal papers 
  • Potential to present at national and international scientific conferences 
  • Opportunity to compete and win local and national science competitions 
  • Significantly improve your resume and college application credentials 
  • Potential to win college scholarships 
  • Interest in science 
  • Curiosity 
  • Long-term commitment to research 
  • Readiness to learn new skills and improve your science education 
  • Ability to work in a team 
Currently there are several professors in the TCU Department of Physics & Astronomy who are inviting high school research apprentices to their laboratories: Dr. Sergei V. Dzyuba (Biomolecular Chemistry), Dr. P. M. Frinchaboy (Observational Astronomy), Dr. Kat Barger (Observational Astronomy), Dr. Mia Bovill (Computational Astronomy), Dr. Zygmunt (Karol) Gryczynski (Biophysics), Dr. Yuri M. Strzhemechny (Solid State Physics, Properties of Nanomaterials), Dr. Anton Naumov (Biophysics, Nanotechnology) and Dr. Hana M. Dobrovolny (Computational Biophysics). 

You will be working with faculty as well as the members of their research teams – graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral researchers and science teachers participating in the program. 

You will have a chance to learn about most recent scientific problems, work with modern scientific equipment, prepare materials for experiments, write research presentations and papers, travel to conferences and competitions. 
Let your science teacher know that you want to participate and complete our application form or call 817-257-7375 to let us know you’d like to participate.