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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, 1-credit undergraduate research program aimed at students interested in careers in academia and research. Junior and senior Rice students engage in a year-long research project and attend weekly seminars on topics of research and the academic life. The program is focused on developing research and presentation skills, an understanding of an academic career, and how to apply to post-undergraduate education (graduate, medical, and law) and nationally competitive fellowships. In addition to this, all students in the program will 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, essays for post-undergraduate applications and fellowships, and an appreciation of the social impact of research.

Schedule: The course operates through 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 post-undergraduate 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 and registration is required for both semesters.