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 labs; they tutor, provide help sessions and help guide undergrads in our courses. Indeed, they are part of the entire vertical team — undergraduates, graduates, postdocs and faculty — that undertakes the research challenge. Our graduate programs create leaders and experts in their fields, and their success reflects positively on Rice.
Graduate students are the lifeblood of modern scientific research. Graduate students are the hands/eyes/ears of our faculty, pursuing the research agenda under the mentoship of our faculty. Graduate fellowships allow our 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.