Finding research opportunities

If you have not yet read the page titled, "Getting Started," please do so before attempting to contact a faculty member.

Note: While the Bioc 310 instructor can offer tips and assistance, it is the student's responsibility to find, contact and secure a research advisor. The Bioc 310 instructor does not have proprietary information on openings in labs. All openings received by the Bioc 310 instructor are posted on the joinable BioSciences Opportunities Owl-Space site or the campus-wide Student Opportunities Center site.

Opportunities in the Rice BioSciences Department:

It is recommended that students begin by looking for opportunities on the Rice campus. Some Rice opportunities are posted on the BioSciences Opportunities Owl-Space site (to join, log on to Owl-Space and select the following: "My Workspace"-> "Membership" -> "Joinable Sites" and select BioSciences Opportunities). Starting in Spring 2018 many BioSciences Opportunities postings may be relocated to the Student Opportunities Center site. There are likely to be more opportunities available than are posted so it is prudent to contact any faculty member whose research interests you even if they have not posted research opportunities. To find out which faculty members are working in areas that you find intriguing, see the BioSciences Department Research Overview and select an area of interest.

Opportunities elsewhere in the Texas Medical Center:

If you have a particular research interest that is not found among the current BioSciences faculty, you are free to find a faculty member in the medical center willing to host you. You must then apply to have the lab and project approved by the BIOC 310 instructor. Note: not all kinds of research will be approved. The research should fall under the umbrella of something that could be considered Biochemistry and Cell Biology laboratory research (working with DNA, protein, cells, tissues, or model organisms to answer biological questions). Additional types of research may be acceptable. If you have an interest in a particular lab or type of research outside the guidelines mentioned above, you should discuss this with the BIOC 310 instructor to see if it would be appropriate for a BIOC 310 project.

For more information on finding opportunities at the medical center and before undertaking a research project there, please read the following.


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Bioc 310 more info:

Bioc 310 is coordinated with Bioc 115 as part of Reading to Research, a project designed to lead students from the scientific literature to participation in laboratory research. The Reading to Research program is funded through an HHMI Professor grant awarded to Bonnie Bartel.