For the third year in a row, Rice University students mixed and mingled during the Student and Graduate Student associations’ Research Mixer.
The event was held Sept. 12 on Rice’s Central Quad and was sponsored by the Student Association (SA) and Graduate Student Association (GSA), with support from the offices of the Dean of Undergraduates and the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Graduate students from numerous departments, research groups and organizations set up displays of their research projects. Interested undergraduates and visitors mingled to learn more about ongoing research at Rice.
“Graduate students present their research, and our mission is twofold,” said GSA President Anna Saikin, a fifth-year graduate student studying English. “First, we want to educate the population on what our research interests are and what we do in our labs and offices. Second, we want to recruit undergraduates if there are spaces available in our labs. This year, we’re also very excited to be including more humanities and business research.”
Dean of Undergraduates John Hutchinson said the annual event is “uniquely Rice.”
“The collaboration between the undergraduate and graduate students and the focus on research and scholarship is something you just wouldn’t find on a campus that doesn’t have the fabulous students we have,” Hutchinson said. “I think this is representative of exactly how engaged our students are with each other and how engaged they are with their own scholarly interests.”
Students who want more information on research opportunities at Rice can visit http://research.rice.edu and click on the “students” tab at the top.