News Types: Student Opportunities

Student Opportunity: Clean Technology Competition

The application to compete in the Texas Venture Labs Investment Competition (TVLIC) is now open. TVLIC is designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. UT Austin graduate students can apply now and no later than April 20. Applying is easy – fill out the application form and submit an executive summary of your business (2 pages) with financial projections. For more information and a link to the application, go to

The Semifinals will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 6 PM until 9 PM in the AT&T Center. The winners of each Semifinals division will compete in the Finals on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 9 AM until 12 PM in the AT&T Center. The first place prize includes $10,000, one year at Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), assistance in raising funds and the opportunity to join TVL in closing the Nasdaq in June. Second place prize is $5,000. There are also cash prizes for clean technology ventures and ventures with one or more U.S. military veteran founders.

The $5,000 Wells Fargo Clean Technology Award will be given to the best venture focused on clean technology solutions.  This includes advancing technologies needed for the conventional oil and gas sector with an emphasis on water reuse and conservation as well as alternative energy space.

Contact with any questions or come to TVL Office Hours at One Twenty 5 Cafe in the AT&T Center at 1900 University Avenue on Wednesdays from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.

Student Opportunity: Next Generation Mobility Challenge

Net Impact has partnered with Toyota on the Next Generation Mobility Challenge to engage students around the country on imagining and building the future of transportation and mobility. The event will be held at UT-Austin on Friday, March 25, 2016 from 9 am-4 pm.

Undergrad and grad-level students will work in interdisciplinary teams in this highly interactive design-thinking process to come up with solutions around how we can transform the transportation industry to become more socially and environmentally sustainable. Teams will pitch their ideas to Toyota and mobility experts and receive feedback from them.

The winning team will even have the chance to receive mentorship to further their ideas throughout the spring semester with a Toyota or transportation and mobility expert.

This 7-hour event is limited to only 50 students (and requires a short application), but is an amazing opportunity for students to flex their creativity muscles and gain invaluable professional skills. The deadline to apply for the Next Generation Mobility Challenge has been extended to March 16, 2016.

View event flyer

Student Opportunity: UT Energy Week Poster Competition (New Deadline for Abstracts is Dec. 31)


The Longhorn Energy Club and the Energy Institute are hosting this year’s UT-Energy Week from February 16-19, and abstracts are now being accepted for the Student Research Poster Competition taking place on February 18th. There will be four research categories:

1) Environmental and Sustainability

2) Energy Economics, Law, Communication, and Policy

3) Renewable Energy and Storage

4) Fossil Fuels & Byproducts

A few noteworthy aspects of the competition are:

  • $8,500 in prizes will be awarded including a $50 abstract acceptance award.
  • Judges will be from industry and the university. Industry judges will provide a unique networking opportunity for all accepted researchers.
  • A People’s Choice Award will be selected during a happy hour designed to provide additional networking opportunities.
  • Please see our website below for abstract submitting requirements and the rubric that will be used to score each submitted abstract-
  • Abstract submissions must be submitted by 11:59 CST December 31th, 2015 to

If you have any questions please see the Call for Abstracts or email

17 Students from 11 Different Countries Graduate from Texas Law’s Master of Laws Program with Certificates in Global Energy, Intl. Arbitration & Environmental Law

In May 2015, 17 students from 11 different countries graduated from Texas Law’s Master of Laws Program with Certificates in Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. The KBH Energy Center’s LL.M. Concentration in Energy Law, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law is a unique degree program that allows students to concentrate in, as well as explore the intersections between, energy law, international arbitration, and environmental law. The students’ countries of origin include Chile, China, Ecuador, India, Iran, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, the United States, and Venezuela. For more information about the KBH Energy Center’s LL.M. Concentration in Energy Law, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law, read our brochure.

Effective October 1, 2014, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an order amending the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Texas. As a result, foreign-educated applicants and foreign attorneys are now eligible to take Texas Bar Examination. According to Haynes & Boone Partner Larry Pascal, “The reforms will make Texas competitive with New York and California and create expanded commercial opportunities for the state’s lawyers.” Pascal chaired the task force that recommended the proposed reforms to the state’s international law practice rules. Read press release.