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Undergraduate Research


Undergraduates in ECE have many opportunities to do research:

ECE Faculty Recruiting
Faculty recruit undergraduates for research opportunities. Learn more about what our faculty do! The ECE Research Guide can be found here.
The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program 
The VIP Program unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context. Undergraduate VIP students earn academic credits, while faculty and graduate students benefit from the design/discovery efforts of their teams. VIP extends the academic design experience beyond a single semester. It provides the time and context to learn and practice professional skills, to make substantial contributions, and experience different roles on large multidisciplinary design/discovery teams. The long-term nature of VIP creates an environment of mentorship, with faculty and graduate students mentoring teams, experienced students mentoring new members, and students moving into leadership roles as others graduate. Rice VIP teams are comprised of students from freshmen to seniors, with a variety of majors and backgrounds.
ELEC 491: Electrical Engineering Research Projects
ELEC 491 is a course where undergraduates can conduct theoretical and experimental investigations under ECE faculty direction.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
The objective of the REU program at SCI is to give undergraduate students an opportunity to train during the summer in an intense, interdisciplinary, collaborative research environment and to involve them in a program of discussions and interactions with faculty and graduate students. Students from many schools spend 10 weeks at Rice working on cutting-edge projects with individual SCI research groups. This provides an accelerated introduction to experimental and/or theoretical research work itself, as well as insight into how fundamental research in atomic, molecular, optical, surface, materials, chemical and biophysical sciences relate to many important technologies. In addition, each student is expected to attend special seminars and group discussions for REU participants, make a report of the project and participate in the SCI Research Colloquium at the end of the summer.