Community Partners in Civic Research
and Design at Rice University
Community partners are essential to the mission of the
Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research of providing Rice
undergraduate students with meaningful research experiences in and outside of
the classroom. Community partners
provide the setting and opportunities for our students and faculty to address
real-world problems. Our goal is to
create learning opportunities for our students that allow them to help improve
the greater Houston community.
Rice faculty and students in many disciplines have partnered
with non-profit, for-profit, and government agencies across Houston. Examples of community partners include: the
Rutherford B.H. Yates Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, City of Houston
Office of Emergency Management, Institute for Sustainable Peace, City of
Houston Green Building Resource Center, and Technology for All. We seek to broaden our network of community
partners and encourage project proposals from potential partners who will
benefit from student research and who will provide research opportunities that
are appropriate for our students.
Here are some
expectations for community partners in civic research and design projects sponsored
by the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research:
• Create research opportunities appropriate for
undergraduates. Considerations include,
but are not limited to, project duration, data collection, time allocated to
the project, and feasibility of completion during the summer.
• Include meaningful interaction for students with
a community partner in both defining the research or design problem and
carrying out the associated project.
• Produce a project/paper researched and written
by the participating undergraduates. The scope and content of the project may
vary by research topic. The project may be co-authored with other students
• Provide opportunities for undergraduates to
publicly present their work. This
includes presentations to the community partner, presentations at the Rice
Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS), professional conferences, or similar
The Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research will
work with potential community partners to shape their proposed project to meet
the project guidelines. Please be
mindful that all programs must be matched with an appropriate faculty
partner. We will do our best to pair
organizations with faculty Rice members; however, we cannot guarantee that a
project will match faculty research interests.
If you are interested in becoming a community partner,
please contact Elizabeth Vann, Associate Director of Civic Research and Design,
email@example.com, (713) 348-3978.