Rice University

Rice University Center for Civic Leadership


On behalf of this year’s Steering Committee and the Center for Civic Leadership, welcome to the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS) webpage.

We recently just concluded our 16th RURS that took place on April 12, 2017. RURS 2017 had over 250 student participants presenting over 200 unique projects and we additionally had over 100 judges from Rice and the greater Houston community come in for the event to evaluate and provide feedback to the students. 

RURS is the premiere event for undergraduates across all disciplines to present their research projects and compete for recognition from academic schools at Rice. This event would not be possible without the efforts of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from Rice and the Houston community who have graciously volunteered their time to evaluate the student presentations.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Winners!

School of Humanities

  1. Gary Dreyer
  2. Magen Eissenstat
  3. Megan Wright 

Top 3 in the School of Social Sciences

  1. Rachel George
  2. Bairavi Shankar
  3. Team of David Ratnoff and Chloe Wilson

Top 4 in the School of Natural Sciences

  1. Roger Liang
  2. Megha Sheth
  3. Michelle Tran
  4. Hector Chaires

Top 3 Solo Projects in the School of Engineering

  1. Rohan Palanki
  2. Zhouhan Chen
  3. Isaac Dykeman

Best Group Project in the School of Engineering

Team of Andrew Dumit and Raymond Cano

Please check back in 2018 for information regarding registering and participating in next year's RURS!