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The Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research helps Rice undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni find additional academic opportunities beyond the classroom. In addition to our programs, this website serves as a gateway to research experiences and fellowships at Rice and beyond. We invite you to join the OFUR Owlspace page to explore and discover the possibilities!   

    All students and alumni/ae interested in applying for fellowships please contact us at scholars@rice.edu 

Click here for the Declaration of Intent form. Please note, you only need to fill out the form and include a resume and transcript, you do not have to submit essays or names of recommenders at this time. 


Congratulations to all the participants and winners of the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium!  


More than 350 undergraduate students from across the disciplines competed for monetary prizes in the annual Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium held yesterday at Tudor Fieldhouse. Judges from Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, Chevron, Hewlett Packard, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, McDermitt, Will, and Emery, Methodist, National Oilwell Varco, Page, Schlumberger, Shell, Texas Children’s Hospital, the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science, the University of Texas Health Science Center, and Zilka Biomass and Energy awarded students in the following categories:


School of Humanities 

  • ($250) Brooke Bullock
  • ($150) Team of Zainab Shipchandler and Julika Kaplan 
  • ($100) Thomas Carroll

School of Engineering  

Top three individual projects ($250 each) Ravi Sheth; Peter Washington; Gabrien Clark

Best group project ($500) Team of Joshua Chartier, Hasitha Dharmasiri, Kiefer Forseth, Andrew Jones, Thomas Ladd

School of Natural Sciences 

  • ($250) Anne Wells
  • ($150) Moez Dawood
  • ($100) Tie between Peter Cabeceiras and Aaroh Parikh

School of Social Sciences 

Top three projects ($200 each) Sarah Brooks; Anjali Raghuram; and Jonika Tannous;

Special Prizes 

Jenessa Shapiro Student Choice Award ($250) Joshua Soucie, Brian Cera, and Steven  Rich

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Prize ($500) Team of Ana Builes, Shaan Patel, Nicholas Petersen

The Baylor College of Medicine Collaborative Research Group Award ($500) Ibrahim Akbar

Center for Civic Leadership Prize ($250) Team of Ana Builes, Shaan Patel, Nicholas Petersen

Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication Prize ($250) Team of Zainab Shipchandler and Julika Kaplan 

Center for the Study of Environment and Society Prize ($250) Nick Thorpe

Chao Center for Asian Studies Prize ($250) Bo Kim

Humanities Research Center Prize ($250) Brooke Bullock

Institutes of Biosciences and Bioengineering Prize for Translational Research in Biosciences and Bioengineering Prize ($250) Anne Wells

K2I Prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd: $500, $250, $250) 

  • Joshua Chartier, Hasitha Dharmasiri, Kiefer Forseth, Andrew Jones, Thomas Ladd
  • Blaine Rister, Daniel Volz, Daniel Reiter, Heija Zhang
  • Philip Taffet

Rice Space Institute Prize ($250) Benjamin Lewis

Rice 360Institute for Global Health Technologies Award ($250) Team of Joao Ascenscao, Truce Pham, Mariam Hussein, Carlos Carames

The Shell Center for Sustainability Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd: $500, $250, and $100)  

  • Tierra Moore
  • Shayak Sengupta
  • Lun Li

The Smalley Institute Prize for Nanotechnology (top 3, each $150) Nicole Moody; Iyza Baig; Benjamin Zhang

The Rice Neuroscience Awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd: $250, $150, and $100) 

  • Rohit Ready 
  • Abigail Wright 
  • Daniel Connolly 

The annual public event is put on by a student committee in conjunction with the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research.


Congratulations to our Watson and Zeff Fellows

  Colleen Fugate, Heather Olsen, and Ana Builes! 
Click here to read more about them and their projects. There are also Ricenews videos on both Ana and Colleen.
Congratulations to this year's Luce Scholar, Kevin Schell!  

Click here to read more about him and his work

All students and alumni/ae interested in applying for fellowships please contact us at scholars@rice.edu

Click here for the Declaration of Intent form.

Upcoming Events

September 23, 2014
Watson OFUR Submission
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September 24, 2014
Churchill Interviews
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September 25, 2014
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October 2, 2014
Watson Interviews
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October 3, 2014
Fulbright OFUR Deadline
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October 10, 2014
Luce Deadline
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October 15, 2014
Undergraduate Conference Funding Deadline
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October 20, 2014
Luce Interviews
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October 31, 2014
Truman, Carnegie Campus Deadline
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November 7, 2014
Goldwater Due
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November 12, 2014
Truman, Carnegie Interviews
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November 18, 2014
Goldwater Interviews
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