Selective Research Scholarships
Rice University provides access to research for all undergraduate students. However, for those who show a unique promise in their field, we have some select scholarship programs. Students in these programs have the opportunity to work closely with our distinguished faculty — who are accomplished in all areas of teaching and scholarship — beginning with their first days on campus.
Century Scholars Program
The 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. Century scholars also receive a two-year merit scholarship and stipends for supporting research initiatives.
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.