Faculty-Mentored Research Programs

Faculty-mentored research programs support students who are engaging in a research project under the guidance of a Rice University or Texas Medical Center faculty mentor. Together, these programs support students at different stages of the research process, from identifying a research mentor to planning for advanced research in graduate school. These programs typically require an application so be sure to check websites for upcoming deadlines.

Century Scholars

Admissions reviews all admitted students for this award. The selection committee looks for special qualities and achievements in both academic and personal areas. During their freshman and sophomore years, Century Scholars conduct reserch with a faculty mentor and recieve funding to support research activities.

Sustaining Excellence in Research (SER) Scholars

The goal of the Sustaining Excellence in Research Scholars program is to introduce STEM students to the world of science and engineering early in their career by matching them with research internships and engaging the students in a diverse community of scholars.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

The fundamental objective of MMUFP is to increase the number of minority students, and others with a demonstrated commitment to eradicating racial disparities, who will pursue PhDs in core fields in the humanities and social sciences. During their junior and senior years, fellows conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and attend weekly meetings with the Mellon cohort and faculty and staff coordinators. Fellows receive a stipend to support their research.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, support undergraduates from underrepresented and underresourced backgrounds pursuing supervised research with a Rice faculty member over the summer. Preference will be given to first- and second-year students who have secured unpaid opportunities and who have not had prior research experience. Returning undergraduates in all disciplines are eligible to apply. The research project may be faculty-led or initiated by the student.

Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP)

The Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP) is a two-semester, 1-credit undergraduate research program aimed at students interested in careers in academia and research. Students conduct a year-long research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor and receive funding to support research-related activities.

Health, Humanism, and Society Scholars

The Health, Humanism and Society Scholars program (HHASS) provides undergraduates in Humanities and Social Sciences the opportunity to assist in research at various institutions within the Texas Medical Center, giving them valuable experience in a variety of medical and public health settings, research institutes and centers.

International Genetically Engineered Machines Team (iGEM)

The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is an opportunity for a team of undergraduate students to participate in synthetic biology research. iGEM provides a creative outlet where students have the freedom to choose their own topic to study, ask their own research questions, and design and perform the experiments to answer those questions.

Vertically Integrated Projects

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program at Rice unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate Rice VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams.

Houston Action Research Teams

HART is a paid civic research program administered by the Center for Civic Leadership. Small, interdisciplinary teams of Rice undergraduates work together for a semester with city offices and community organizations to address issues and challenges facing Houston and its residents. A faculty member, CCL staff, and a graduate student mentor the teams.

Houston Education Research Consortium

HERC was created as a research-practice partnership in order to turn research into actionable items to target issues in education. We believe that more research-practice partnerships are the key to connect academia and policy, so we want to train the next generation of researchers to work in this unique, productive environment.

Houston Asian American Archive

The Houston Asian American Archive (HAAA) is a research archive focusing on Houston's Asian American immigrant experience.

Fondren Fellows

The Fondren Fellows program funds Rice undergraduate or graduate students to conduct research projects sponsored by Fondren Library that will benefit the library and the scholarly community.