Building on passion for astrophysics through authentic research projects.

The Texas Astronomy Undergraduate Research experience for Under-represented Students (TAURUS) program is a full-time, 9-week summer research experience for highly-motivated undergraduate students from underserved and traditionally marginalized groups. We prepare our TAURUS Scholars to enter graduate school in top-rated astronomy programs or the STEM workforce by providing authentic research experiences, ongoing professional development, and community support beyond the conclusion of the summer program.

We are committed to addressing structural and cultural marginalization (people of color, LGBTQIA, those with disabilities, intersectional groups) within academic research through discussion and building a strong sense of community via mutual respect as scientists, learners, and individuals. Research topics available to students range from planets around other stars and stellar evolution, to galaxy formation and evolution and astronomical instrumentation.



Our program combines one-on-one research experiences with structured mentoring. Over 20 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers design a schedule of bi-weekly seminars and workshops throughout the summer for TAURUS students to discuss topics related to astronomy careers, programming, research, scientific writing, social justice in STEM, and more.

TAURUS Scholars travel to McDonald Observatory, a cutting-edge astronomical facility in West Texas, towards the end of the summer, where they conduct observations related to their science research projects.


Meet the Scholars

UT Austin Astronomy hosted its first class of TAURUS Scholars in the summer of 2016. We were thrilled to get this program off the ground and we invite you to learn more about our TAURUS Scholars and follow the summer blog.


Resources for Scholars

Research Tools

Programming links, Astronomical catalogs, getting help.

Professional Development

Preparing your talk, poster, CV, and grad school application.

TAURUS Seminars

Check out the calendar of TAURUS Seminars here.

Keep in touch by joining the TAURUS family.

Sign up for email updates when applications open for the next year and when we post to our blog.