Texas Tech University

Air Across Texas

The Air Across Texas project is a high school student research project funded by the National Science Foundation (Award # 2325570) designed to engage high school students across the state of Texas in academic research focused on air quality. The program will emphasize the quality and development of the research process and will use hands-on project-based learning to enable students to understand how to use a research-based approach when encountering challenging scientific concepts or subjects. The AAT program will run twice, each time in three phases. These phases will include virtual and in-person settings and emphasize parallel active learning (via hands-on activities) and teamwork. Students will receive a stipend after completing each phase and full financial support for required travel. 

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Program Highlights

  • $2,000 stipend (paid in increments after each phase)
  • Gainvaluable mentorishoip and research experience
  • Virtual monthly meetings
  • Field equipment provided
  • Several free trips to visit Texas Tech University

The project will be conducted in 4 phases, and will be conducted annually, starting in September 2024:

  • Phase 1 (Virtual / Sept. 24 - Jan. 25): Students will be introduced to different scientific topics to increase knowledge and prepare for the next phase
  • Phase 2 (Virtual / Feb. 25 - May 25): Students will focus on hands-on research-based project using a low-costs quality sensor provided by the project and placed around their homes
  • Phase 3 (Face-to-face / 1 week in July 25): Students will come to TTU for a 1-week Summer Research Symposium (SRS). Students will have social and scientific activities and workshops to prepare them for college experiences. Parents will also come to TTU for the beginning of the program to learn about potential STEM careers, collegiate opporunities, and ways to support their students. Students who complete the program will be invited back to TTU to present their research in the fall.
  • Phase 4 (Face-to-face / 1 weekend in October 2025): Students will present their research at the TrUE Undergraduate Research Symposium (Paid trip with your parents to Texas Tech Unviersity, Lubbock, TX).

Informational Sessions

If you are seeking additional information on the Air Across Texas program we will be holding two informational sessions on 5/20/2024 and 6/10/2024 from 6:00pm - 6:30pm. Both sessions will be held via zoom. Please click the link below to access either of the sessions. 

Informational Zoom Sessions

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If you are interested in applying to the program or have questions, please email airacrosstx@ttu.edu

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