In the Schools
Rice students find vast opportunities for research within our four main divisions of study. While each school's approach to research varies slightly, students generally take part in research where they can work on projects with faculty members and visiting scholars or receive mentoring as they create and conduct independent research. This can result in co-authoring papers, going to conferences, filing for a patent, conducting research for City Hall or executing and evaluating surveys.
School of Engineering
More than two-thirds of engineering students have research experience by the time they graduate, with many of them co-authoring or presenting papers, developing their own research projects or being part of a larger research team.
Read about undergraduate research in the School of Engineering.
School of Humanities
Through the Humanities Research Center, undergraduates may be awarded an HRC Undergraduate Fellowship. Designed for students who have shown strong potential within the humanities, HRC Undergraduate Fellows work with scholars both at Rice and within the community.
Humanities majors who are not designated as fellows may work with individual faculty members on their research projects and participate in other universitywide opportunities.
Visit the Rice Humanities Research Center.
School of Natural Sciences
More than 60 percent of natural sciences majors are engaged in undergraduate research. Some work with our faculty as part of a larger research team. Others receive sponsorships and fellowships to conduct their own projects, either for a summer or the academic year.
See research opportunities in the School of Natural Sciences.
School of Social Sciences
Through the School of Social Sciences' GATEWAY Program, students develop skills to transition from the academic world to the real world. One of the initiatives funded by GATEWAY is the Social Sciences Research Enterprise (SSURE) in which students receive a research budget of up to $1,500 to pursue an independent research project of their choosing with advice and mentoring from a faculty member. In addition, GATEWAY oversees the Social Sciences Internship, where students receive class credit for interning at firms, nonprofits and government organizations, and the Social Sciences International Ambassador Program, where students conduct interviews with leaders while studying abroad.
See research opportunities in the School of Social Sciences.