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

The annual Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium enables Rice undergraduate students in all disciplines to share their research and design projects with the broader Rice and Houston community. 
 
 
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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 Rhaguram; Team of Sydney O’Connor and Jonika Tannous;

 
Special Prizes 

Jenessa Shapiro Student Choice Award ($250) Joshua Soucie, Brian Cera, Steven  Rich, Emna Nehdi, Rima BenAmar

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Prize ($500) Team of Anna 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 Anna 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 annual public event is put on by a student committee in conjunction with the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research.

 

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Begun in 2002, RURS is a one-day, campus-wide showcase of the cutting-edge research accomplishments of Rice undergraduates. The event features poster presentations, oral presentations, and cash prizes determined by faculty, graduate student, and community judges. Last year 280 students representing all schools participated. The RURS Steering Committee seeks greater participation this year and is excited to host this year’s symposium in Tudor Fieldhouse! 

The Committee encourages all students who are participating in independent or group research to take advantage of the opportunity to gain conference experience. Since this will be the first conference for many students, RURS holds workshops during the spring semester on abstract writing, poster design, and oral presentations. 

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

   
 

 

 


 

 
 
If you are a current undergraduate interested in being on the RURS student planning committee, please email rurs@rice.edu.      
To reach faculty sponsor Dr. Caroline Quenemoen, email scholars@rice.edu