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Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP)

Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP)

Program Summary: The Rice Undergraduate Scholars Program (RUSP) is two-semester, for-credit undergraduate research program aimed at students interested in pursuing a research career. Senior (and in some cases junior) Rice students engage in a year-long research project and attend weekly seminars on topics related to graduate school, research careers in various sectors, and academic life. The program is focused on developing research and presentation skills, an understanding of a research career, and how to apply to graduate education and nationally competitive fellowships that support research careers. In addition, all students in the program have access to funding that may be used for research materials or conference attendance.

Benefits: Students will receive course credit, access to research funds, an understanding of the academic life, feedback on essays for graduate applications and fellowships, and an appreciation of the social impact of their research.

Schedule: The course operates throughout both the fall and spring semesters of a given academic year with regularly scheduled classes on Tuesday nights. 

Program Requirements: Under the guidance of a faculty mentor in their discipline, students will work on a year-long research project. As part of this research, students will be required to present their progress and final results to the class for discussion and feedback. Students will also compose graduate school and/or fellowship applications related to their research. The graded course components per semester include: presentations, application essays, submission of project, and class participation. RUSP is a for-credit course (1 credit per semester), and registration is required for both semesters.