Center for Civic
Engagement Fellows Program
The CCE Fellows Program offers $5000 summer fellowships for undergraduate students to conduct community-based research and/or design projects under the guidance of Rice faculty and in collaboration with Houston community partners. Current Rice Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors from all fields of study are invited to apply. CCE Fellows meet regularly with their faculty advisors and community partners and attend a series of advising meetings and workshops designed to guide them through the community-based research and design process. At the end of the program, Fellows present their research projects at a symposium attended by their advisors and community partners as well as other interested members of the Rice and greater Houston communities.
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2013 CCE Fellows
|Alissandria Benson, typically known
as Lissa, is from Prosper, TX, a small town north of Dallas. She is a rising
Junior, working on her Bachelors of Science degree in Civil and Environmental
Engineering. Using resources from the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership,
Lissa hopes to have a strong emphasis in project management in her studies to
later work in fields such as flooding, natural disasters, and emergency relief
management after graduating. Through the CCE Fellows project, Lissa will be studying
the effects of Low Impact Development in Houston on storm water management to
reduce flooding and improve water quality. The results of this study will be
given to the City of Houston and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
to eventually update the Best Management Practices.
Bremer is originally from Grand Rapids, MI, a small city about an
hour away from Lake Michigan. She is a rising Junior studying Health
Sciences under the Department of Kinesiology. Her academic interests are in public
health and health disparities, especially in areas with people of need. Outside of academics, she loves
cooking, traveling, and teaching swim lessons. She plans to pursue a Masters of
Public Health (MPH) and later work with either college students or at-risk
populations through health promotion and education. Her CCE Fellows project
merges her interests in public health and asthma. Her project involves data on
respiratory distress calls in the Houston area on high ozone days. She will examine the relationship
between ambient air pollution and respiratory distress EMS calls in Houston and
use her findings to develop a warning system for high-risk areas of
Ankoor is a rising Junior from a variety of cities in Illinois,
most notably Chicago, Decatur, and Springfield. He is Sociology major and a
Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities minor interested in issues of social
inequality, poverty, educational inequality, and urban ethnography. His biggest
career goal is to be an influential university professor who conducts
high-quality, socially-relevant mixed methods educational research. As a
CCE Fellow, he will be partnering with the Houston Public Library and their new
Pop-up Library initiative to investigate which summer reading programs best
reach the most disadvantaged elementary students in Houston. Additionally, he
will be doing ethnographic research in Houston's Third Ward by living alongside
and interviewing families about the limited summer learning options they have.
His experiences with the Houston Public Library and families in the Third Ward
will lay the foundation for the independent summer reading intervention he
plans to implement next summer in conjunction with Blackshear Elementary
|Kelly Anne Mover hails from Champaign, Illinois. As a rising senior
studying Psychology and Biochemistry & Cell Biology at Rice University, she
hopes to attend medical school immediately following graduation from Rice and
to become a physician. She has previously researched in a lab and clinic for
the autism spectrum disorders in children and adults, and prior to that studied
stigma towards cancer remission patients upon returning to the workplace. She
also enjoys shadowing physicians and earlier this year had the privilege of observing
a full lung transplant. For her CCE Fellows project, Kelly is working with Dr.
Kirsten Ostherr, PhD in English at Rice, and Dr. Eugene Boisaubin, MD at UT
Houston Medical School, to research and design a new and improved, interactive
electronic health record that patients with chronic asthma can use alongside
their physicians to produce an optimal quality of life and involve the patient
as a more empowered, knowledgeable member of his or her own health management
|Shivani Morrison is a rising
junior at McMurtry College from Austin, Texas. Although she is an English
major, she has diverse academic interests outside her field of study,
especially in psychology and political science, which led her to her current
research. For the CCE Fellows program, she is working under the instruction of
Dr. Robert Stein to investigate the effects of election day vote centers on
errant voting. In the long term, Shivani is interested in pursuing a career in
The CCE Fellows Program invites students to apply in one of two ways. In coordination with a Rice faculty and/or community partner, applicants may propose a project that stems directly from, or is part of, an on-going faculty and/or community research project. Alternatively, applicants may design and propose an independent community-based research or design project. Applicants who propose student-driven projects are responsible for seeking out and securing project support from a faculty advisor and a community partner prior to the application deadline. Students who need assistance identifying a faculty advisor or a community partner for a CCE Fellows project should contact Dr. Elizabeth Vann at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for the CCE Fellows Program, students must submit by the deadline below a completed application, along with letters of support from the proposed faculty advisor and the proposed community partner.
Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2013. Applications for next summer will be due in mid-February 2014.