Texas Research Experience (TREX)

The Texas Research Experience program, or TREX, offers a number of opportunities to successful upper division students. These include:

  • Further enhance academic experience with undergraduate research,
  • Learn about careers in research and product development in an academic setting,
  • Learn about the benefits of obtaining a graduate engineering degree, and
  • Use the experience to become a competitive graduate school applicant.

Selected TREX participants demonstrate exceptional academic competence, leadership skills, independence and ingenuity, and the ability to balance multiple responsibilities.

Selected TREX participants must:

  • Perform 10 hours of research/lab work each week.
  • Submit monthly progress reports.
  • Enroll in a one-hour weekly course, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Wednesdays only) for the fall and spring semesters.
  • Attend weekly meetings, workshops and round-tables.
  • Receive a satisfactory mid-year evaluation to continue the program into the Spring semester.
  • Complete an abstract, report, poster, and PowerPoint presentation.
  • Submit and present a final report in April.
  • Attend the EOE Excellence Awards Banquet.
  • Possibly present research at conferences.

In return, TREX participants receive:

  • Exposure to industry representatives and faculty members.
  • Valuable research experience.
  • Valuable experience in preparing papers and presentations.
  • Monthly stipend totaling $1500 per semester for two semesters.
  • A competitive edge over other graduate school applicants.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Erica Martin
Equal Opportunity in Engineering Program 

How to Apply to TREX

Applications for the 2018-19 TREX program are now open.

Information for Current TREX Participants

TREX is an exciting opportunity to explore careers in innovative research as well as be involved in development and refinement of science and technology.


Frequently asked questions about the TREX program

TREX Roundtable Discussions

To enhance the experience of TREX participants, EOE has a series of round-tables with outside presenters to address higher level topics of interest to the students.