To enhance the undergraduate experience, produce even more technically competitive undergraduates in pursuit of their career goals, and to help distinctly realize the new Vision of the Second Century, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences has created a strategic plan for expanding undergraduate research experiences. A school with marked prestige in research, the Wiess School of Natural Sciences is surprisingly “obsessed” with the undergraduate experience. Currently more than 60% of our students are engaged in an undergraduate research experience. Indeed, the tradition of undergraduate involvement in research has thrived for decades. With a President and administration equally devoted to strengthening this focus, additional opportunities have arisen for donors to fund summer and academic year research experiences, student field trips, research travel stipends, seminars, team research funds and prizes, or almost any item imaginable that connects undergraduate students to the exciting research environment in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences.
For more information about research opportunities at Rice University:
Office of Scholarships and Fellowships
Center for Civic Engagement
Undergraduate Summer Research Exchange Program
Rice now has an active relationship with two Indian Institutes of Technology, one in Kanpur (IITK) and one in Bombay (IITB). One facet of this relationship is the undergraduate summer research exchange program.
IITK's program is called SURGE. Students from Caltech and Ecole Central, Paris have participated in this program during past summers, and this year, universities in Australia, New Zealand and Canada are also included. Rice is in the process of crafting an agreement with IITK to exchange three undergraduates each for a research experience this summer (2009). We are also extending this type of program to include IITB. The students, generally rising juniors and seniors, are rigorously trained and are looking for creative research opportunities. The relevant details are:
- Total of 6 IIT undergraduate researchers to be invited (ideally 3 each from IITK and IITB)
- Students in all science and engineering disciplines
- Students will visit and work at Rice for 10 weeks, starting in early May 2009
- Summer stipend of $4500 to be paid by Rice faculty member
- A separate Rice fund will cover the IIT students' travel costs