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Research and Internship Opportunities

ResearchSeventy-five percent of the undergraduate students in the bioengineering program participate in research either in faculty member laboratories, in research centers and institutes at Rice, or in the Texas Medical Center. Students may also sculpt their education and discovery through independent study in bioengineering and clinical research. Additional research and internship opportunities are also possible through the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research.


Bioengineering faculty and students benefit from Rice's many research centers and institutes, including the:  

Fall / Spring Research

BIOE 400 – Engineering Undergraduate Research
Credits: Hours Variable
This course is offered for beginning researchers. Students perform an independent investigation of a specific topic or problem in modern bioengineering research. Under the direction of a selected faculty member, students gain hands-on research experience in a bioengineering laboratory. Students are often mentored by graduate students or postdoctoral fellows in the lab. In the past, several undergraduate students have used their research experience to co-author publications and present results at regional and national meetings. Instructor permission is required.
Instructor: Ka-Yiu San

Awards for distinction in research and creative work

Undergraduate students are recognized for exceptional independent research and engineering design through a new award, Distinction in Research and Creative Works. The award is a university honor granted annually at commencement and notification will appear on the recipient’s transcript and diploma.

To be eligible for the award, students must be in good academic standing, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 in courses completed at Rice. A letter of support from a faculty member or center director is required. A student may self-nominate, and an advisor can nominate a student.

Student applications, which serve as the nomination, are due in early April. The advisor application is due in mid-April. See additional qualifications (PDF) for this distinction. Applications should be sent to Dr. Saterbak (saterbak@rice.edu) with a copy to Gayle Schroeder (ges2@rice.edu). The Bioengineering Undergraduate Awards Committee will make the selection for the students based on these guidelines and other documented, published procedures that the committee establishes. The Chair of the department will review and approve the selection.

Summer Undergraduate Internships

The Department of Bioengineering and several of the university’s research centers and institutes offer Rice students, as well as bright and promising students from across the country, summer internship experiences that help sculpt their education through multidisciplinary training in science and engineering.

Each summer, highly motivated students participate in ten-week intensive internships in bioengineering research. Students work under the guidance of faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. The interactive relationships formed during these programs give Rice faculty members opportunities to connect with students while providing them with an excellent introduction to the graduate school environment. Program features include: lectures, laboratory courses, research training, and special seminars and career development workshops.

Below is a representative list of summer programs. Please note, openings are limited and prospective candidates must complete an application.

Other REU summer programs and opportunities