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The 2017-2018 REA Student Project Grant Program

The Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) has established a grant program to support outstanding student-led engineering initiatives at Rice. The focus of this program is to provide financial support to projects, activities, and initiatives which are not directly related to class work. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply to the program. Grant funding must be used to support a specific activity and may not be used to supplement a general operating fund for an organization or group. Student-led projects/activities/initiatives will be selected for funding based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need for financial support

  • Educational impact for involved students

  • Societal impact of proposed project/activity

  • Feasibility of project/activity

The minimum grant amount is $500 and the maximum grant amount is $2,500. The maximum grant amount can be increased to $5,000 under special circumstances. The REA will award up to $7,000 in grants during the Fall Grant Cycle and up to $7,000 in grants during the Spring Grant Cycle. Grant winners will be required to provide a follow up report and/or 10 minute presentation at an REA event upon completion of the project. In addition, grant winners will be recognized at the annual REA Student Awards Picnic in April.

Yearly Schedule for Grant Program

The Fall Grant Cycle will support projects which will be started, completed or have major activities during the second half of the school year (December through April). The Spring Grant Cycle will support projects which will be started, completed or have major activities during the summer and first half of the school year (April through November). Expedited funding, ahead of the established grant award date, can be provided at the discretion of the REA to accommodate time sensitive funding requests.

2017 Fall Grant Cycle Schedule:

  • November 17, 2017 - Applications due via e-mail by 5 pm (amontesi@alumni.rice.edu)

  • January 2018 - REA to announce Grant Winners

2018 Spring Grant Cycle Schedule:

  • March 9, 2018 – Applications due via e-mail by 5 pm (amontesi@alumni.rice.edu)

  • April 2018 – REA to announce Grant Winners

The 2017-2018 REA Graduate Student Travel Grant Program

The Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) has established a graduate student travel grant program. The focus of this program is to support engineering graduate students who are attending conferences or professional meetings to present their research work. The key requirement for receiving the grant is that the graduate student is presenting a paper or a poster at the conference/meeting. Grant funding must be used to support travel to the conference and may not be used to supplement a general operating fund for the research group. Travel grant request will be selected for funding based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need for financial support
  • Educational and professional impact for involved graduate students
  • Outreach potential to showcase Rice University research excellence
  • Paper presentations will be prioritized over poster presentations.

The maximum grant amount is $1,500. The REA will award the travel grants during the Fall Grant Cycle. Grant winners will be required to provide a follow up report and/or 10 minute presentation at an REA event after attending the conference/meeting. In addition, grant winners will be recognized at the annual REA Student Awards Picnic in April. 

Application Process

Applications are to be delivered by email to the REA Grants and Awards Chair (amontesi@alumni.rice.edu) prior to the announced application deadline. Applications shall be in the form of an MS Word document. The application is limited to two pages, single spaced, size 12 Times New Roman or Arial fonts, with standard 1 inch margins. The application must include the following information:

  • Name and description of student group applying for funding support

  • Description of project/activity under consideration for funding support

  • Project Budget, including:

    • Detailed cost estimate for project/activity

    • description of funds raised to date, funds requested from the REA, and plans for raising any additional funds needed

  • Should expedited funding be required, please state clearly the urgency of the request and the necessary schedule for receiving funds.  

  • Assessment of educational impact to Rice students involved

  • Assessment of societal impact of proposed project/activity

  • Discussion or major challenges associated with the proposed project/activity and the group’s plan to overcome these challenges

  • 200-300 word summary of why the REA should support this activity

  • Names, majors, and years of all students involved in the project

  • Contact Information (email, phone) for student leaders and faculty sponsor (or equivalent authority figure providing guidance/support for the activity)

Grant Selection and Award Process

The REA Student Awards Committee shall select award winners based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated need for financial support
  • Educational and professional impact for involved students
  • Outreach potential to showcase Rice University research excellence
  • Paper vs. poster presentation

Should a funded travel plan be cancelled after receiving the grant, all grant monies must be returned to the REA.

Questions?

Questions regarding the REA Graduate Student Travel Grant Program should be directed to:

Previous Recipients

View previous recipients of the REA Grant.