The Rice University 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. In addition to the research opportunity, the students receive a two-year merit scholarship and a research stipend.
The CCL solicits proposals from faculty who wish to work with Century Scholars during the academic year. Students are also welcome to contact the faculty members they wish to work with.
Introduced during the 2000-2001 academic year, Century Scholars is a unique opportunity for first-year students to become involved in cutting-edge research across disciplines. Besides establishing a close relationship with an academic mentor, students also have the option to explore other aspects of a research career. For example, the program has seen participants spend 6 weeks at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory studying physics while many others have accompanied their mentors to international conferences.