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Resources & Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

The following is a list of resources, programs, and other opportunities for our undergraduate students. Follow any of the links provided below to learn more about these undergraduate student resources and opportunities.

Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Opportunities

George R. Brown School of Engineering

The office of the dean of engineering posts opportunities for scholarships, fellowships, special programs and more throughout the year. To stay in touch with the latest opportunities visit Scholarships, Fellowships and Other Opportunities  

The School of Engineering maintains listserves for students who are interested in receiving information as it is made available. There are lists for jobs and internships and graduate school information and opportunities. If there is a topic for which you would like to see a listserve, contact engrnews@rice.edu

Rice University Distinction in Research and Creative Works in Mechanical Engineering

Students in mechanical engineering and materials science at Rice often participate in activities that go above and beyond the standard set of course requirements for the various degrees. Examples include but are not limited to extensive and continuous participation in club activities resulting in field work or competitions (e.g. Engineers Without Borders or Solar Car); undergraduate research experiences at Rice or at other universities that result in presentations (oral, poster) and/or publications in conference proceedings or in journals; creative endeavors or commercial realization resulting in patents or start-up companies; capstone design projects that extend beyond the academic year for additional testing, validation, or delivery requirements imposed by the customer; or similar activities that demonstrate extended and continuous commitment to creative or research endeavors that are not within the scope of degree requirements.

The student must provide evidence of the research or creative work via electronic format (documents, slides from presentations, copies of publications or patents, or videos documenting efforts). It must be clear that the student engaged in a prolonged and continuous effort that resulted in the showcased output. The student must also identify a faculty member who will support the application.

Students must declare their intent for the distinction, and submit the application materials (Application Request Details Below) including support from faculty member (see the form for details) plus a copy of the creative work (publication, patent, poster, presentation) in electronic form by May 1st of the current academic year.

Application Request Details: 
Request Application Form via EMAIL from  Alicia Herrera 
Please use the email SUBJECT LINE: "Rice Distinction Application Request"

Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF)

The LRF Undergraduate Scholars in Mechanical Engineering will be exemplary junior and senior students who have expressed an interest in gaining leadership training and experiences as part of their undergraduate degree and coursework. They will participate in activities with the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL), and their technical electives will focus on design analysis and front-end engineering design. Theses students will be joining the workforce within five years of receiving this support, and will bring outstanding computational, analytical, and leadership skills to the workforce. Two students will be selected each year, and each will receive a scholarship of £2,500.

Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates who are rising juniors or seniors should contact Professor Marcia O'Malley prior to February 1 for information. 

Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research

The Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research coordinates applications for major scholarships and fellowships. The office advises students on their eligibility and gives feedback on applications. Visit the office in RMC Cloisters to consult binders containing successful applications from previous Rice students.  This office serves undergraduates and alumni.

If you are a student interested in learning more about research opportunities and/or fellowships/awards, please visit the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research  

Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC)

If you are interested in being part of one of the top nuclear programs on earth, look into the NUPOC program. It offers up to $168, 300 while finishing your degree, providing a regular monthly income ranging from $3, 280 to $5, 610 for up to 30 months prior to your graduation. That includes a generous military salary, a food allowance, plus a housing allowance that is based upon the location of the school you attend. You'll also enjoy comprehensive military health-care benefits - with no uniforms, no drilling requirements and no service obligation until you graduate.
From there, you'll begin the process of being commissioned as a Navy Nuclear Officer and take on unrivaled training and profession responsibilities. Through this highly competitive program, there are opportunities in any of four career focus areas. Learn more about those areas, the specific requirements and the specific offers by visiting Join the Navy

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

If you are interested in a collegiate scholarship program that not only pays for school but also generates some of the country's most capable leaders, start by looking into the NRTOC Scholarship program. It offers up to $180,000 to cover the cost of earning your degree at any one of more than 160 leading colleges and universities, providing money for tuition, lab fees, textbooks - even a monthly spending allowance - for up to five years of college. And it's possible to apply while in high school or as a college student. Learn more by visiting Rice Naval ROTC 

SMART Scholarship

The Science, Mathematics and Research Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Services Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DOD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DOD laboratories. Learn More >

Student Associations

Rice Society of Mechanical Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) promotes the art, science, and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. The Rice ASME branch works with employers to bring professional mechanical engineers to Rice to speak to undergraduates. ASME also organizes study breaks, trips, and activities for mechanical engineers at Rice.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at Rice University

The Rice University student chapter of The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) was founded in 1989; and in 1997, the organization decided to join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The organization seeks to increase the number of Hispanic science and engineering students, develop and participate in programs with industry and the university, and provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent to Hispanic engineering or science students at Rice. As a result of their efforts, the organization was named Chapter of the Year for Region V (2007-2008). Region V includes the 20 chapters of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Rice University

The  Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a national, non-profit educational service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education. The SWE at Rice hosts several events throughout the year and offers information about jobs, scholarships, mentor programs, and involvement in the community.

Other Resources & Opportunities


What is the OEDK? The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) provides a space for undergraduate students majoring in bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, computational and applied mathematics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and materials science, and statistics to design, prototype and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges. Read more about our design facility and its resources and the projects our students create by visiting OEDK.


Rice Center for Engineering Leadership

The Rice Center for Engineering Leadership offers our students a variety of courses and experiences to help them develop their leadership abilities. For more information about the programs and opportunities offered, please visit RCEL.


Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) 

The mission of Rice University's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide the best services and support possible for international visitors. For more information about the services and program please visit OISS 

Center for Career Development

The Center for Career Development (CCD) seeks to match its services and programs to the unique needs of the Rice community. Their mission is to enhance the knowledge and skills of students that lead them to make informed decisions and prepare them for professional advancement. Through CCD you can; increase your knowledge of self and professional options, enhance your professional communication skills, and increase your knowledge of institutions, organizations, and companies. To learn more about the programs and services they offer please visit CCD.