Graduate students in the
Rice University Department of Chemistry have established an extraordinary record
of achievement. A 2013 study by the Max Planck Society ranked Rice Chemistry at No. 1 in
the world, based on the citation records of students’ publications. Coupled with a prolific publication rate (7 publications
and nearly 3 first authorships), a typical student in the program publishes
multiple papers cited in the top 10% worldwide. Underlying the unusual development
of Rice chemists is a strong, dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty that includes
a Nobel Laureate, six members of the National Academy of Sciences, and two
members of the National Academy of Engineering.
The low student to faculty ratio (3 : 1) ensures that students have
ample access to faculty time, instrumentation, and other resources.
What sets our graduate program apart from other high-ranking universities?
• State-of-the-art facilities
The doctoral program at
Rice is built around a close-knit community that promotes student
achievement. All students give an annual
departmental seminar, and some subset of the faculty and graduate students
gather most afternoons to discuss their research. This collaborative
environment at Rice was critical to the development of nanotechnology, having
facilitated the work of two Nobel laureates in for the discovery of
buckminsterfullerene. Rice’s culture has minimized barriers between research
areas for decades. Chemistry faculty members
hold appointments in four of the seven departments in natural sciences at Rice
and in six of the nine engineering departments (most chemistry faculty members also
hold an appointment in an engineering department). The department abolished
divisions twenty years ago. Rice
chemists do not take a prescribed set of courses, but construct an
individualized curriculum consisting of any six courses in any area of science or
engineering. This flexibility to
customize courses is ideal for chemists who want to branch out into other areas
and for people who want to move into chemistry from another discipline.
• Interdisciplinary research
• Flexible teaching requirements
• Strong medical collaborations
• Leaders in nanotechnology
• Generous financial support
• Fellowship opportunities
Living in Houston
Houston is the nation’s
fourth largest city in population, and the second lowest in terms of cost of
living compared to other major American cities. It is no wonder that the
city is home to twenty-three Fortune 500 companies and numerous other
world-class institutions in the areas of energy, medicine, aerospace,
manufacturing, and business services. Houston is a center for the visual
and performing arts, an international business hub and home to the second
busiest port in the United States. Rice University’s proximity to historic
downtown Houston, and being located right in the heart of the museum district,
makes it an optimal location to live and study. Learn more about our city and
watch, "Houston: It's
cooler than you think".
Rice University occupies an architecturally distinctive and historic, 285-acre campus shaded by nearly 4,000 trees. With state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories, internationally renowned centers and institutes, Rice University is an ideal learning and living environment.
We encourage you to visit Rice at any time for a firsthand look at the department and the beautiful, tree-lined campus. If you apply and are admitted, you will be invited to visit the campus later at departmental expense. During your time here, you will not only visit faculty, but you'll be hosted by current graduate students from whom you can learn more about graduate life and lifestyles in Houston.
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