Core Computer Science Honors classes are typically about fifty students, and electives usually range from thirty to sixty students in size. This gives Turing Scholars a unique opportunity to get to know their professors closely, helping many find research opportunities. The small class sizes mean Turing Scholars are exposed to a small, stimulating community. The Turing Scholars Student Association organizes regular events within this community, such as brunches with professors, potlucks, and excursions into the city.
Enrollment in the Turing Scholars Honors Program is available at no additional expense to students. In addition, Turing Scholars are eligible for scholarships specifically targeted for honors students, and our students fare very well in the larger pool of department and University-affiliated scholarships. A poll of 60 Turing Scholars shows that 60% received at least one scholarship in the last academic year, with each recipient averaging two scholarships.
Space in the Honors Dorms
The University's three honors dorms - Andrews, Blanton, and Carothers - let students meet and form ties with students from other honors programs. Collectively, these students represent some of the most talented students in the University.
Excellent Career Opportunities
The University's location in Austin, the international reputation of the UT's CS department, and the excellence of the honors program attract recruiters from across the country. Even students completing only their freshman year often participate in paid summer internships at top tech companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, and Dell.
A poll of last year’s freshmen, sophomore, and junior Turing Scholars indicated that 75% of them had obtained summer internships in the tech industry. This even holds true for the freshmen class, where more than 75% were able to find summer internships after their first year in college. Typical pay ranges anywhere from $20-60 per hour, with average pay at around $35. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft were the most popular internship destinations - with around 25% of all Turing Scholars working there for the summer.
Undergraduate Research and Honors Thesis
One of the requirements to graduate from Turing Scholars is that students write an honors thesis on original research. This thesis is designed to emulate a PhD thesis, while staying adjusted to the undergraduate level. Students usually spend at least a year conducting research with a professor prior to writing the thesis, and then defend their thesis in front of a panel of at least three professors. This is by far the most challenging part of the program, but many students find the experience greatly rewarding for learning critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Because our students have research experience, they are highly sought after by top graduate programs. Students interested in graduate school are usually admitted straight to PhD programs after their undergraduate degree. In recent years, students have gone onto top PhD programs in places like Stanford, MIT, UIUC, Berkeley, CMU and Cornell.
Excellent Multidisciplinary Experience
Our program positions students for success in many areas, not just those directly related to class. Here are just a few examples of incredible experiences our students had after completing their freshman or sophomore years:
- Interned at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
- Interned at the University of Minnesota's Bioinformatics Center
- Interned at the University of Colorado to study computer security
- Conducted research at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico
- Conducted research in numerical analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden
- Earned patents for work at IBM