Research Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

OURI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, is a program for undergraduates from underrepresented backgrounds (including first-generation and low-income) who are interested in pursuing supervised research with a Rice faculty member over the summer. No prior research experience is required, and preference will be given to first- and second-year students without previous experience. Students from all disciplines are eligible to apply. Fellows will receive $3000 and are expected to work approximately 150 hours on their research project while also participating in professional development workshops and small-group advising sessions.

Sustaining Excellence in Research (SER) Scholars Program

Sustaining Excellence in Research (SER) Scholars are freshmen & sophomore students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines who are invited to participate in the SER Scholars Program, based on a constellation of factors relevant to the student’s academic preparation for the science and engineering course work at Rice. In the HHMI SER Scholars Program, students receive support to achieve academic excellence. They attend regular mentoring meetings with program staff, and are paired with a Natural Sciences or Engineering lab either within Rice or the Texas Medical Center, where they receive $10.00 per hour for the first 150 hours of their work. In addition, there are monthly meetings and workshops to network with other Bishnoi SER Scholars and learn new study and stress management skills.

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 arts and sciences. The program aims to reduce the serious underrepresentation on university faculties of people of certain minority groups, as well as to address the attendant educational consequences of these disparities.

Century Scholars

The Rice University Century Scholars program matches select incoming freshmen with faculty mentors for a two year period. During that time the student and mentor collaborate on one of the mentor's research projects. In addition to the research opportunity, select students receive a two-year merit scholarship and a research stipend.

Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP)

The Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP) is a two-semester, for-credit program aimed at senior Rice students in all disciplines who are interested in pursuing a research career and planning a one-year senior research project through an honors thesis or independent study. Students attend weekly seminars on topics related to graduate school and research careers across sectors. The program is focused on developing research and presentation skills, an understanding of a research career, and how to apply to graduate school and nationally competitive fellowships. In addition, all students in the program receive funding that may be used for research materials or conference attendance.

Undergraduate Conference Funding

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry is offering grants to cover the costs of virtual or in-person conference participation. Grants can cover registration fees and/or associated travel costs. Up to $500 is available for students who are attending a conference to present research or design (poster session or oral presentation). Up to $100 is available for students only attending. You may apply before your conference or retroactively for reimbursement, though grants are not guaranteed.

UNIV 301

UNIV 301 is a zero credit course that enables students to have supervised research experience on and off-campus recorded on their transcript. The research advisor will provide OURI with a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory at the end of the semester. The requirements for satisfactory performance need to be agreed upon between you and your research advisor at the beginning of the term. Note that your research advisor can be faculty on or off campus. OURI does not determine these requirements.