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Beginning Fall Semester 2024, graduate support over 12 months will increase to a minimum of $34,000.

By Fariha Ahmad. Preparing to give a presentation at a conference can be intimidating the first time you do it. Here are some personal experiences from my first conference!

By Manuel Carmona Pichardo. The pedestrian guide to surviving and thriving in Houston without a car of your own.

By Carly Graverson. Carly interviews David Solti, a recent Rice graduate, about his job as a flight controller at NASA.

By Sathvik Ajay Iyengar (PhD Fellow in Materials Science and NanoEngineering [MSNE])

By Sathvik Ajay Iyengar (PhD Fellow in Materials Science and NanoEngineering [MSNE])

By: Dinora N. Rodriguez

By: Carly Graverson

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023

Houston’s Northern China Cuisine Map

By Bohan Zhang, Ph.D. Student in the Department of History

By: Manuel Carmona Pichardo. Manuel explores ways of maintaining a work-life balance in graduate school.

By Bohan Zhang, Ph.D. Student in the Department of History

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

Where to find delicious food in HTX!

By: Esther Jimenez, Ph.D. Candidate in Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

Exploring Historic Houses in Houston

By Bohan Zhang, PhD Student in the Department of History

By Bohan Zhang, PhD Student in History

By Sathvik Iyengar, Ph.D. fellow in Materials Science and NanoEngineering

By: Manuel Carmona Pichardo

Friday, Aug. 18, 2023

My GCURS Experience

By: Carly Graverson. Carly explores what GCURS is and provides insights into the application process, drawing from her own experiences.

By Annie Finneran. I am proud to say this was a successful field season. Overall, I have nearly 8,000 wildlife photos and over 800 hours of recordings.

By Eliana Cadena Semanate and Sarah Glass. On our first of four workdays we hiked many miles of mountainous terrain to visit the sources of the community’s water.

By Manuel Carmona Pichardo. At a crossroads with your decision? Let's dissect and discuss the five most talked-about “pros” of grad school.

By Chun-Ying Chao. I still remember the night I received the graduate school admission offer. It was midnight in Taiwan, and I was too excited to sleep.

GEM has helped thousands of students in engineering and natural sciences identify opportunities for career pathways in industry and academia, and supported them in securing funding for graduate education.

By Fariha Ahmad. Life as a Muslim student away from family and home can feel lonely. Here are some ways to connect with the Muslim community in Houston.

By Fariha Ahmad. Maintaining your health during your graduate career can be difficult; here are my tips for how to do both.

By Sathvik Iyengar. Building a sense of community on campus is crucial for graduate students to thrive academically and personally.

By Sathvik Iyengar. How do you go about contacting a professor who could potentially be your adviser?

Moore shares his interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

By Daziyah Sullivan: You know who you want to request a letter of rec from, but it’s the asking that’s the stressor now. Have no fear, that’s what this blog is about!

5th year graduate student Emily Elia shares some advice for conducting dissertation fieldwork during grad school

By Robin Mo: a Ph.D. is more than just research

By Fariha Ahmad: Balancing rotations, classes, and a work-life balance can sound difficult... here is whats in store and how to manage it.

Durán-Chaves shares her interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

Morales-Calva shares her interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

Elia shares her interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

Nnorom shares her interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

Umezaki shares her interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

Chao shares his interest, experience, and advice to prospective graduate students

EducationUSA makes it easier to connect to Rice University, explore graduate opportunities and application process

Njideka Nnorom (Syndi) is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering program at Rice University.

By Alejandra Osejo Varona - Graduate Student -Ph.D. Anthropology

By Carly Graverson: Activity improves physical, emotional, and mental health during grad school!

By Daziyah Sullivan: You have so many accomplishments, big and small. Everything about you has led you here.

By Ivan Rosa de Siqueira: The concept of a “good” paper is obviously variable, yet, scientific writing overall relies on a number of common, basic roots.

By Ying Chen: Undergrad research experience gave me the confidence to apply for graduate school!

By Utana Umezaki: Rice is always welcoming international students and has many cultural events/communities that you can be part of!

Monday, Sep. 5, 2022

Managing Time Without Classes

By Emily Elia: Imposing structure onto your schedule is one way to bring more organization back into your life.

By Daziyah Sullivan: So, you’re interested in finding a university, but how do you find out what it’s like to actually be a student at that university?