The Health practicum provides Humanities and Social Sciences undergraduate students with the opportunity to assist in research, giving them valuable experience and networking that increases competitiveness for medical and graduate school. The program identifies faculty and researchers in the Texas Medical Center who are interested in mentoring undergraduates and who are currently researching topics of social science, education, and/or humanities in the medical sciences. Rice undergraduate students are competitively selected to participate and asked to identify the projects that interest them the most. Students are matched with projects, then spend a full academic year assisting with research. Through the program, students have presented their work at local and national conferences and co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals.
All program positions are unpaid and run from the start of classes in Fall to the end of class in April. All University holidays are observed.
For information on current and previous projects offered through this program, click here.
The Health practicum is open to all continuing undergraduate students who have completed at least nine hours in a social sciences discipline.
1.) Students should submit their resume, cover letter, and transcript through RiceLink: Powered by Handshake. Posting #672429 Health, Humanism, and Society Scholar.
2.) Students should submit their supplemental application answers to each project through the appropriate Rice-Google form. Supplemental forms and project descriptions are listed here by February 15.
Once all application materials are confirmed, students will be contacted by the program managers, Nyeva Agwunobi and Alexander Wyatt, with any interview offers. After all interviews have been completed, students will be contact by the program managers with selection decision information.
1.) Selected students must complete our Student Participant Agreement (SPA). That agreement can be accessed through Rice-Google forms by clicking this link: https://goo.gl/forms/3hweim8P1qJcmSBJ2
2.) After completing the SPA, students will receive a notification from the program managers that their special registration form has been signed and is ready for pick-up from Baker Hall 180-J.
3.) During the summer months, the program managers will work with selected students on any badging or clearance processes that need to be completed.
4.) Before the start of the term, students will receive by email the course syllabus, background information on available projects, and additional course resources.
For all questions related to the Gateway program, please contact:
Alexander Wyatt '11, Assistant Director of Gateway