Wiess School of Natural Sciences
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Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Earth Science
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Physics & Astronomy

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Wilson labGraduate Students
Graduate students are the lifeblood of modern scientific research. These students are the hands/eyes/ears of the faculty, pursuing the research agenda under the mentorship of the faculty. Graduate fellowships allow departments to recruit the very best graduate students in the country. Graduate fellows are future renowned scientists who attend Rice in their formative years to pursue their area of interest. Our graduate students serve as mentors and guides for our undergraduates as they come into the laboratories to learn how to do basic research; they serve as teaching assistants in our undergraduate laboratories; they tutor, provide help sessions, and help guide the undergraduates in our courses. Indeed, they are a part of the entire vertical team—undergraduate, graduates, post-docs, and faculty—that undertakes the research challenge. Our graduate programs create leaders and experts in their fields, and their success reflects positively on Rice.

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Grad School Programs and Support

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) - Support programs and professional development at more than 150 colleges and universities

IGERT Graduate Programs - Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programs offering stipends $30,000 per year + tuition and expenses

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows form the backbone of the basic science research enterprise. Fully prepared by their graduate study, these talented up- and-coming scientists are attracted to the Wiess School of Natural Sciences based on its reputation for excellence, stellar faculty, innovative research, and its interdisciplinary focus. Competitive endowed fellowships enable Rice to attract and retain the best and the brightest scientists in their fields to ensure that our research output remains accordingly competitive. Without this valuable intellectual capital, our laboratories and research centers would lose traction and momentum. Further, the post-doctoral population makes a significant contribution by working with and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, underscoring its importance in the educational mission of the university.