Getting Started Checklist

Whether you are interested in getting involved in research and design right away or want to understand what research is before jumping in, the new Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) is here to support you! The checklist below will get you connected to our resources, events, and opportunities.

⇒ Visit OURI at the Academic Fair

⇒ Participate in the Discover Research Fair, September 16, 2020 via Zoom. RSVP on Owlnest.

4:00 - 4:30pm Research 101 Workshop Breakout
4:00 - 5:30pm Virtual Discover Research Fair provides an opportunity to meet department and center representatives who have research and design opportunities available.

⇒ Register for the Student Opportunity Center (

The Student Opportunity Center is a searchable database of over 10,000 opportunities both on and off campus. Every Rice undergraduate has access to the system. To activate your account, enter your Rice email account that uses your netid, and press login. You will then be prompted to create a password. Once you are in the system, identify interests to browse matching opportunities and receive email updates.

⇒ Visit our website ( to review the online guides for getting started, profiles of undergraduate researchers, and descriptions of courses that introduce you to research and design.

⇒ Attend a virtual OURI workshop (go to for the full schedule).

Our workshop, Research 102, will be offered on September 23rd in the afternoon. Register on Owlnest.

⇒ Meet our Peer Research Ambassadors.

Fill out an appointment request to set up a virtual meeting with a PRA in your area of interest here.

⇒ Check out the Mentor Database on our website here.

Learn more about faculty and staff who have mentored students in the past.

⇒ Listen to our podcast, Bowl of Rice, hosted by Rice senior, Brendan Wong.

Bowl of Rice tells the story of Rice University undergraduate researchers and scholars. In each episode, you'll hear from a student about their project and next steps for academic, professional, or research plans.

⇒ Connect on a variety of mediums! RSVP to our events in OwlNest. Follow us on social media. (Instagram: @riceouri FB: RiceOURI) or send an email to to set up a meeting.