Program at a Glance

  • Tuition: $0 

    Eligible Students: 10-12 grade students (fall 2022)

    Where: UT Austin Campus

    Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

    Credit: Academy certificate

  • Standard Academy Editions 

    When: June 5-11 and June 12-18

    Tools: Arduino microcontroller

  • Game Development Edition

    When: June 19-25, 2022

    Tools: Java-Script, Phaser

  • Academy for Women

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects jobs for computer and information technology occupations will increase a compelling 11% through 2029—faster than the projected growth rate for all occupations nationwide. Explore the world of computer science, learn to code, and get a taste of collegiate life.

What You'll Explore

  • Standard Editions

    Topics Covered

    • C++
    • project management
    • teamwork
    • Women in tech jobs

    Hands-On Experiences

    • Code an Arduino microcontroller to put on an LED display light show
    • Delve into cool new technologies with professors and industry reps
    • Discover future internship and career opportunities
    • Identify tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions
    • Explore the UT campus and meet current UT students
  • Game Development Edition

    Topics Covered:

    • Web-based game development
    • Package managers
    • Running local web servers
    • How a design studio is staffed 
    • Web development tools

    Hands-on Experiences:

    • Building game code
    • Create look and feel through art
    • ​Collaborate on a team to bring your game to life
    • Discover future internship and career opportunities
    • Explore the UT campus and meet current UT students
    • Learn from UT professors and other professionals
    • Identify tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions

Meet Your Academy Staff

  • Dr. Alison Norman
    Associate Professor of Instruction
    Department of Computer Science

    Dr. Alison Norman received both her M.S. in computer science and her Ph.D. in computer science from this department. Since then, she has been fortunate enough to spend her days teaching systems to undergraduates and performing outreach to underserved communities. Her research interests lie in the intersection of supercomputing and program analysis with a special interest in static techniques to improve checkpointing. She is also interested in large-scale simulation.

  • Dr. Sarah Abraham
    Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Department of Computer Science

    Dr. Sarah Abraham is a member of the Real-time Graphics and Parallel Systems group, with interests in non-photorealistic rendering, simulation-based tools for artists, and video game mechanics that foster cooperation and empathy. Dr. Abraham received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and her B.A. From Wellesley College.

  • Michaela Cicero
    Academy Director
    Department of Computer Science

    Michaela is responsible for the planning and management of student focused initiatives including the Accelerated Transfer Program, statewide freshmen recruiting events, and the on-campus summer academies.

Where you'll be

The University of Texas at Austin

Get a taste of university life by learning in the Gates Dell Complex—the home of UT Computer Science. You will stay in student residence halls on campus where you will be matched with another student by age as your roommate. You can look forward to trying out real college residence hall food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is included. Our mentors help you get accustomed to learning on a college campus by staying in the same residence halls and accompanying you throughout your stay. Our academies boast an impressive 1:10 student to mentor ratio to make sure students are getting the most out of their time on campus.

Travel Scholarships

  • Travel scholarships are available to help those with financial need cover transportation to and from Austin.

The application is now closed.

Academy for Women applicants will be notified of their application status by the end of April.

If you have any questions, please direct them to academies@cs.utexas.edu.