The George R. Brown School of Engineering offers variety of scholarships, awards and opportunities available to undergraduate and graduate students. These awards recognize academic success, research, service and development. Visit the School of Engineering website to browse these award opportunities and to apply!
The Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students must apply to be considered for the award, and the application must be supported by a letter from a faculty member.
Eligibility for the award extends widely to include a variety of research, design, and other creative projects, as well as persistent dedication to research.
Students in mechanical engineering often participate in activities that go above and beyond the standard set of course requirements. 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.
Applicants must be in good academic standing and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 in courses completed at Rice. The award will be granted only to projects that produce a concrete outcome--e.g. an essay, invention, design, and demonstrate commitment and/or achievement above and beyond the norm. Students who complete senior design projects or other required senior capstone projects are eligible—but do not qualify automatically--for consideration for this university distinction.
Students must declare their intent for the distinction, and submit the application materials in electronic form by May 1st of the current academic year. Application materials include a letter of support from a faculty member, a copy of the creative work (publication, patent, poster, presentation), and the application.
Students who wish to be considered for this award must request an application from the department.
To apply, you must request the application form via email from Jessica Guerra at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Please use the email subject line: “Rice Distinction Application Request”