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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 substantial contributions to independent research and engineering design through the Distinction in Research and Creative Works award. The university honor is granted annually at commencement and notification appears on the recipient’s transcript and diploma. 

All Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering candidates are eligible. No minimum GPA is required. 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.

Applicants must complete the Student Application form (See PDF). One faculty mentor who has worked with the student in research or design must complete the Supporting Faculty form (See PDF). A letter of recommendation may accompany the Supporting Faculty form.

The student application and the advisor’s supporting letter are due Friday, April 3. Completed 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 bioengineering department will review and approve the selection.

See additional qualifications (PDF) for this distinction.

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