Meet Rice’s Graduate Ambassador Joshua Moore

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

Rice University

Meet Joshua Moore. Moore is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of BioSciences at Rice University. Moore is from Texas and is a Rice Graduate Ambassador. Ambassadors are students who represent the university and help prospective students gain knowledge of student life as a graduate student at Rice.

Moore chose Rice as a graduate school because of the welcoming atmosphere of the graduate community and the teaching opportunities Rice provides. 

Moore’s research focuses on studying the genes that control the small stem cell population's ability to form the neurons that control the gut to understand birth defects in the digestive system better.

When he is not conducting research, he is serving in various leadership roles within the Rice community. He is a part of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), Bioscience GSA, the Graduate Student Association (GSA), and GradGames on campus.

Moore advises prospective students to get involved with the Rice and Houston community to enrich their graduate school experience.

“My biggest piece of advice is to get involved with something on and off campus,” said Moore. “Graduate school is very important, but it isn't your life. Always make time for yourself, and you will succeed in graduate school.”

Moore advises current students to remain present in the moment and embrace the journey graduate school has to offer, both professionally and personally.

“Take time for yourself to learn what your passions outside of graduate school are,” said Moore.

Outside of academics, Moore enjoys making latte art. He also enjoys going to his favorite coffee shop in Houston, which is Day 6 Coffee Co.

Graduate ambassadors can be contacted via email at Joshua Moore can be contacted directly by email at