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Grad School Tips


So, you're interviewing with advisors? Why not try to be yourself? Daziyah Sullivan shares her advice to students looking to leave a lasting impression.

Natsumi Komatsu, graduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering shares her advice to Japanese students planning on pursuing a graduate degree in the United States!

Learn more about this important component of grad school applications and how you can write an effective SOP!

What should you be doing after accepting a grad school offer? Walk through the Rice process with us!

Nearly 450 guests and 10 departments participated in GPS' annual recruiting event.

By Dan Gorczynski. Loosen that tie, grab a cold drink and get ready to learn all about Rice's own grad student bar, Valhalla!

By Emily Elia: Tips on how your grad school expectations may change once you're in the thick of things!

By Emily Elia: Make the most of virtual events in order to develop research and your professional networks!

By Emily Elia: Here are some common things you may experience during your first year of graduate school.

By Emily Elia: Visiting weekends are a great opportunity to get a feel for the culture of a graduate program.

By Emily Elia: You can develop your research interests as you navigate grad school.

By Emily Elia: To prepare for your first year, it's worth it to focus on the logistical aspect of this new life change.

Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022

Grad School 101: Finding an adviser

By Emily Elia: Finding an adviser that is a good match can have a huge influence on your graduate school experience.

By Jennifer Hunter. Graduate student Clara Saitkoulov describes the coincidences that led her to the Shepherd School of Music, and the opportunities she has had during her studies.

Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022

Know Your Wellbeing Resources

By Daziyah Sullivan, Wellbeing Director for Rice’s Graduate Student Association.

By Emily Elia: Tips to help make your personal statement as strong as possible!

Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022

Getting involved in Grad School

By Daziyah Sullivan. In graduate school, a strong community and the freedom to pursue your passions are essential to academic success. Read on for Daziyah’s tips to have a fulfilling grad school experience!

Monday, Dec. 20, 2021

Making the switch from MSI to PWI

Current grad student Daziyah Sullivan discusses her experience in switching from a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) to a predominately White Institution (PWI), and shares her advice for students considering the same.

Jauhara Ferguson found that research can have a big impact on the wellbeing of people around the world.

Applications are now open. GCURS is open to scholars from around the world and will be held in a hybrid format due to the ongoing pandemic.

By Emily Elia: Words of wisdom about how to stay productive when your work schedule is self-directed.

By Marc-Ansy Laguerre: Advice for Prospective International Graduate Students planning to study in the U.S.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020

Rice Bytes - just push play!

Help bring some bite-sized samples of Rice to the masses!

By Emily Elia: How do you make sure you’re on top of new studies? Where do you even begin? Read on for some tips on how to stay current with new research during your time in grad school.

By Santiago Lopez: The standardized tests are without a doubt one of the most stressful parts of applying to Fulbright, and ultimately, to grad school in the U.S.

By Emily Elia: The internet and social media can be powerful tools when it comes to establishing yourself as a scholar, networking, and promoting your research.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020

Feeling at home in the U.S.

By Rosa Guerra Resendez: As an international student, coping with homesickness can be tough. Rosa shares her insights on how to feel more at home in the U.S.

By Emily Elia: Houston has a lot to offer, and the city is a great home during your time at Rice. 

By Rosa Guerra Resendez: Although virtual conferences might seem complicated, there are many ways that you can still network with potential collaborators at these online events.

Monday, Oct. 12, 2020

Becoming a Fulbrighter - Part III

By Santiago Lopez: Recommenders are the experts that lawyers bring to the trial in support of their final arguments. Organize meetings to show them application materials, and to explain your professional and academic goals

By Santiago Lopez: How to captivate your readers in your Fulbright statement.

By Rosa Guerra Resendez: Though some schools have gone GRE-optional due to COVID-19 (including Rice), some programs may strongly encourage score submissions.

By Rosa Guerra Resendez: The first step for finding an advisor is to reach out via email, even if you have not been admitted to the program yet.

By Santiago Lopez: My journey to becoming a Fulbright Scholar.

By Rosa Guerra Resendez: Tips on how to draft a clear and professional email to address a potential advisor as a grad school applicant.

Astrid Campos Mata: “The most important thing is how you can contribute to the world and research is my way to do that.”

By Rosa Guerra Resendez: How the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium made it easier to apply to grad school

The Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium invites applicants from all over the world to participate in the Oct. 31 virtual symposium.

By Emily Elia: Easy-to-implement tips to help your virtual TA experience run more smoothly this semester.

Rice joins a number of U.S. graduate programs that have temporarily suspended the GRE requirement.

By Emily Elia: Effective strategies for managing your time and your work

By Emily Elia: My journey to grad school - and lessons learned along the way.

By Emily Elia: Grad students make up about half of Rice’s student body, and our campus is full of organizations and activities aimed at graduate student life!

By Emily Elia: There are a number of different housing options for graduate students in Houston!

By Emily Elia: Who should you ask for a letter of recommendation? How do you ask?

By CJ Barberan: A fellowship can provide you the freedom to work on a research area of your choosing.

By Emily Elia: What I've learned this fall and how I'm applying it to the spring semester.

By Emily Elia: For many programs at Rice, applications open on or around September 1 each year.