Centre student and faculty conducting research

Student Research

Centre provides opportunities and mentoring to help students complete focused research experiences

The talented students who enroll at Centre often are eager for challenges beyond traditional classroom discussion and testing. These students are ready for a new level of discovery, so we provide the opportunity for them to become partners in learning with our faculty both on and off-campus.

Opportunities Included

Many students complete research projects by working during the summer with faculty mentors one-on-one or as part of a research team. Others complete their research projects as part of an independent study during the academic year, which is covered by regular tuition and often results in academic credit. Some students also receive funding to present their research at regional and national conferences.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a four-year, $600,000 grant to Centre aimed specifically at increasing undergraduate research opportunities for our students.

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Research Participation



Nearly half of Centre students participate in undergraduate research opportunities.


Research on Campus

In-year and summer faculty-mentored opportunities are available.


Research off Campus

Centre assists students in finding various opportunities.

On-Campus Research

Centre offers several programs that support undergraduate research. They are open to students from all disciplines and include students as early as their first year on campus.

A John C. Young Scholar in Young Hall

Competitive Program

John C. Young Scholars

Selected seniors present the results of their year-long independent study, research, or artistic project.

Centre student presenting at the RICE Symposium

Research, Internships, and Creative Endeavors

RICE Symposium

An all-campus symposium each spring for students from all disciplines and all classes.

400-Level Independent Research Courses

Mentored by an appropriate faculty member during the academic year.

Summer Research

Paid opportunities to work with expert Centre faculty on focused research.


You will get the help you need. We pair students with a faculty member in a field related to their interests.


Off-Campus Research

If you have a passion for a subject and are eager to work outside of Centre, there are many opportunities to find an internship or research position at a well-known company, institution, or organization.

Samples of Recent Opportunities

  • Endocrine surgery at Johns Hopkins University
  • Life support design and engineering at NASA
  • Forestry research at Harvard University
  • Presidential politics within media publications
  • Wildlife study at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee
  • Biomedical research at L’Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire in Strasbourg, France
  • Materials chemistry at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Surgery research at University of Louisville Hospital
  • Biometric security research at New York Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences


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