Initiatives

The Office of Inquiry-Based Learning supports the scaffolding of inquiry-based learning and undergraduate research by supporting curricular development and opportunities for students to complete and showcase their research, design, and creative work.

Supporting and Celebrating Inquiry-Rich Curricula

Grants to Develop Inquiry-Rich Curricula

Grants are intended to fund integration of experiential inquiry and research into the undergraduate curriculum of a major, area major, or interdisciplinary major/minor.

Grants to Develop Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences

Grants open to faculty and staff for integration of inquiry-based learning and research in 3-credit courses.

Teaching Award for Excellence in Inquiry-Based Learning

To bring attention to the efforts across campus to scaffold inquiry and research into the curriculum, this award recognizes faculty who demonstrate excellence in the use of inquiry-based learning pedagogies in undergraduate teaching.

Supporting and Celebrating Undergraduate Research

Discovery Day

Through Discovery Week events, we wish to provide students with an understanding of what it means to do undergraduate research, design, and creative work, to expose them to the variety of work taking place across the schools, and to demystify the process of identifying and securing opportunities.

Summer Research and Opportunities Fair

The Summer Research and Opportunities Fair serves as a "one-stop shop" for undergraduates interested in learning about summer opportunities in research, service, and internships at Rice, off-campus, and internationally.

Student Opportunity Center

The Student Opportunity Center is a searchable database for experiential opportunities including internships, publications, research positions, scholarships, and symposia. Login using your Rice email account and identify interests to browse matching opportunities.

OURI Workshops

OURI offers workshops to engage and support students in research and creative projects.

Undergraduate Conference Funding

OURI accepta applications from individuals or teams who are attending a conference to present research or design (poster or oral presentation).

Undergraduate Publications

OURI supports undergraduate publications by organizing meetings of journal editors to discuss juried selection processes, publication logistics, and distribution.

Bowl of Rice Podcast

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.

Inquiry Week

Inquiry Week at Rice University coincides with the Council for Undergraduate Research's Undergraduate Research Week (URW) and celebrates the accomplishments of undergraduates in research, design, and creative work. In addition to incorporating two long-standing events that celebrate student inquiry, the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium and the George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Poster Session, Inquiry Week introduces new events that highlight the diversity of student work and the value of faculty-student engagement.

Jenessa Shapiro Award

Award to the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS) presenter who embodies the ideals of the scientific enterprise exhibited by Dr. Shapiro throughout her career at Rice: curiosity, ingenuity, creativity and hard work.

Distinction in Research and Creative Work

Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. The Office of Inquiry-Based Learning recognizes these students with a reception during commencement activities.

Campus Partnerships in Inquiry-Based Learning and Undergraduate Research

Library Support for Inquiry-Based Learning

Workshops for Research