Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program
The Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP) is designed for juniors and seniors from any department who are considering graduate school and academic careers. Undergraduates accepted in the program "act" as graduate students for an academic year, with a faculty member selected by the student who serves as a mentor and meets regularly with the student. During the first semester (three credits), students write a funding proposal, prepare oral and written progress reports, begin their research and learn about various aspects of academia through presentations. In the second semester (variable, one-six credits), students focus on their research/writing and present their results orally and in the form of a scholarly manuscript. Some students attend a professional conference and present a paper. Individual support ranges from $250-$1,700 per year for research work.