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About the RQI REU Summer Program

Program Objectives 

The objective of the REU program at RQI 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 RQI 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 RQI Research Colloquium at the end of the summer.

The faculty fellows of RQI and their groups always have considerable undergraduate involvement in research; however, this Program provides additional research opportunities, allowing more students to become involved and create a coherent educational structure for these students during the summer. The fellows are accustomed to working with undergrads, and their research has involved undergrads to the extent that undergraduate co-authorship of publications is not uncommon.


This REU site, the first such site at Rice University, has been in continuous operation since 1996 and is currently funded through 2014. A renewal proposal has been submitted to the NSF to continue to program.


Co-supported by: The NSF REU program (Physics and Chemistry and DMR) and the DoD ASSURE program.

Program Details 

All applicants must be United States citizens or U.S. permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate institution for the duration of the program. In addition, all applicants must commit to the entire program (no late arrivals, no early departures.) The program is NOT available to current Rice students or graduating seniors.  (Current Rice or international undergraduate students with other funding can participate in the scientific activities of the program.)

All participants are required to complete the entire 8-10 week program. Students who arrive late or leave early will not be accepted. There are no vacations during the 8-10 week program. Participation in the weekly seminars and social activities is mandatory for successful completion of the program. Participants are also required to present a poster at the annual RQI Summer Research Colloquium, which is the conclusion of the program.

  • Dates: The program dates for 2014 are June 2nd - August 8th.
  • Housing:
    • Housing is located in the Rice Graduate House Apartments
    • There is a $40 non-refundable housing application fee
    • Student housing is arranged and paid for by the REU program, except the application fee
    • Move-in day is the Sunday prior to the start of the program
    • Move-out day is the Saturday following the last day of the program
    • Students will be charged for any move-out cleaning fees
  • Travel Expenses: Up to $600 in travel expenses will be reimbursed to each student. Receipts must be provided for reimbursement.
  • Stipends: Each student will receive a stipend of approximately $4,000 for the program

Upon arrival at Rice, participants will check in with the Rice Quantum Institute office, which will serve as the student's home department. The RQI office arranges set up of an individual Rice email account, access to the university library and the gym.

Applicants will be notified via email of their application status no later than April 15, 2014.