Undergraduate students are recognized for exceptional independent research or engineering design through the Distinction in Research and Creative Works Award. The award is a university honor granted annually at commencement based on substantial contributions in research or design. The award appears on the recipient’s transcript and diploma.
To be eligible for the award, students must be in good academic standing, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 in courses completed at Rice. The minimum requirement is the equivalent to nine credits of ChBE 495 and/or ChBE 499 in a paid or unpaid position. Other individual research or design efforts will be considered if conducted under the supervision of a ChBE faculty adviser and the adviser certifies the equivalent effort. A student may self-nominate. A letter certifying the research or design contribution from a full-time faculty member is required.
Student applications, which serve as the nomination, are due by March 31st. The faculty member certification is due by April 14th. See additional qualifications for this distinction here. Applications should be sent to the ChBE undergraduate awards committee at the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The undergraduate awards committee will select the students based on published guidelines that the committee establishes. The chair of the department will review and approve the selections.