SwRI houses active and prolific researchers in space physics that are able to focus solely on research, unlike a pure academic setting where professors have large commitments to classes. SwRI offers a professional environment in which you can work side-by-side with experts in their field across disciplines to solve problems, key to development as a career-scientist.

We have the unique position of being allowed to grow in experience in instrumentation, a niche skill that can be effectively developed as a graduate student, which makes students from the program stand out from the increasingly competitive field. Every student will be encouraged and given opportunities to participate in instrumentation work at SwRI. Another important advantage is that we have access to SwRI resources (office space and supplies, labs, and awesome staff and researchers, to name a few), as well as to UTSA resources. The program provides for all of our research needs.