In recent weeks, Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering alum have responded to the need of current graduate and undergraduate students by helping to support paid research internships offered through Rice University.
The new initiative named the Rice ECE Student Excellence fund was created to help students and Rice community partners during this time uncertainty.
One component of the fund is to aid students who lost summer internships due to the current economy and shrinking job market. Rice ECE prides itself on being able to prepare students for life outside of Rice, making internships and other work-study programs crucial.
With that understanding, the faculty devised a way that students could still receive this experience while working remotely. The team understood that many students depend on summer wages to help support themselves throughout the academic year – so making these opportunities paid was a priority.
The research positions are posted in labs ran by Rice ECE faculty. Students that have a background in computer science or electrical and computer engineering were able to apply. One student who received a coveted opening in a Rice lab was Ankit Narasimhan, a graduate electrical and computer engineering student.
Narasimhan said of this opportunity, “I had planned to return to India over the summer and participate in an industry internship while there. Due to the relationships I have developed with the ECE faculty, they knew of my new situation in the wake of COVID-19.”
Narasimhan continued, “Now, with this opportunity, I’ll still be able to have research and work experience while working remotely.”
Narasimham will be working with ECE Chair, Ashutosh Sabharwal’s Wearables Health Lab
. “To interview and be offered a position in this lab has been great because it combines the health domain with my experience in data science. I am excited to improve on my current skillset and make a significant impact on the research.
Eighty students are participating in the ECE Student Excellence Fund research internships, which began in June.