Summer Research Opportunities

Interested in pursuing research over the summer? There are a number of places to look for opportunities both internally at Rice and beyond. Contact OURI at with any questions.

Peer Research Advisors

Peer Research Ambassadors are Rice students who have engaged in research, design, and creative work during their undergraduate careers and want to help other students get involved. Ambassadors host office hours and attend OURI workshops and events in order to share information specific to their academic schools. Request a meeting with a PRA here to create a plan for pursuing summer research.


Handshake is Rice's job, internship, and research database. Rice students can search for active openings and upcoming opportunities. Log into Handshake using your SSI net ID. Use the Job Roles search, keyword "University Student Researchers," to filter for research positions. Need more guidance on using the platform? Click here.

OURI Mentor Database

If you are looking for a potential research mentor and project, check out OURI’s mentor database here. The mentors database includes information about faculty and research fellows at Rice University and beyond who have mentored (or are open to mentoring) undergraduates. Browse the database by area of interest or department and identify potential mentors to contact. Remember the mentor listings do not indicate a current opening for undergraduate researchers; please inquire directly about availability!

Internal: Opportunities at Rice for Summer Research at Rice and Elsewhere

Biosciences Summer Research Institute

Must have a summer research opportunity secured at Rice prior to applying for SRI.

Dean’s Fellows in the Humanities and the Arts

The fellowship provides a $3,500 summer stipend — available at least once during the student’s undergraduate years at Rice — to support a humanities research project or humanities-related internship. Students remain fellows throughout their undergraduate education at Rice.

HEDGE Summer Internship Fund

Humanities funding for unpaid or low-paying professional internships obtained by Humanities majors.

Humanities Research Center Summer Research Fellowship

Best for students looking to do an independent project with a lot of flexibility.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Only available to sophomores, restricted to specific majors, two-year commitment, paid funding for research during the semester and each semester, provides a lot of guidance about the research process. Available for core disciplines in humanities and social sciences.

Owl Edge Summer Experience Fund (CCD)

Open to all disciplines. Funding available for unpaid or low paid internships & research, not at Rice.

Physics & Astronomy

Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (SURF)-

REU Rice

Natural Sciences & Engineering. Research experiences for undergraduates at Rice are open to students at colleges and universities from around the world. For most programs, research experience is not required.

School of Humanities Internships, Practicum, and other experiential learning opportunities

List of opportunities, includes academic year and summer programs.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) with OURI

SURF supports 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. $3,000 stiped for 200 hours of research over the summer. Open to students from all disciplines.

Wagoner Foreign Study Scholarship (CCL)

Provides students and alumni with the opportunity to conduct research abroad for a minimum of eight weeks and up to one year.


External: Outside Rice Summer Opportunities

Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Experience for Undergraduates. Stipends for 10 weeks are $6,000, fully funded by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas grant (*2020 amount).

Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program

Baylor CAGT (Cell and Gene Therapy) Summer Research Internship Program

Houston Methodist Summer Internship Program

General Lists to Search:

Please note, OURI and Rice cannot account for validity, accuracy or quality of postings in these lists.

Listings compiled November 2021 by OURI & Peer Research Ambassadors. List should not be considered comprehensive.