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As one of the top research universities in the world and the home of the No. 1 ranked entrepreneurship program in the country, Rice is uniquely positioned to address the world’s challenges with climate change and energy transition, creating cutting-edge medical devices and therapeutics, discovering new materials and applications, and advancing computer science.

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Rice University is one of the nation’s leading research universities. With just over 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students, Rice produces $181 million in sponsored projects annually. These projects span a broad spectrum of academic areas and work toward solving pressing problems across the globe.

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Awards
Awards
2021 Research Funding
Research Funding
Top Five Federal Awards
Awards
National Academy Memberships
National Academy Membership
Active National Science Foundation Career Awards
Active National Science Foundation Career Awards
National University Rankings
National Universities Ranking
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Reginald DesRoches
Reginald DesRoches

Not long after assuming office as the eighth president of Rice University, Reginald DesRoches named research and innovation at Rice as top priorities. He aims to enable Rice to reach new levels of distinction nationally and internationally for impactful research, award-wining scholarship and insightful creative work.

Ramamoorthy Ramesh
Ramamoorthy Ramesh

Rice’s new vice president for research, Ramamoorthy Ramesh announced. Ramesh will oversee the institution’s internal and external research ventures. He will partner with Rice’s senior leadership —deans, faculty and staff — to bolster the university’s research infrastructure and propel productivity and impact to new heights. Key goals are to strengthen Rice’s reputation as a center of increasingly impactful and broad-based interdisciplinary research and scholarship across the breadth of the university.

Paul Cherukuri
Paul Cherukuri

Paul Cherukuri was appointed as the first vice president for innovation. As the chief innovation officer, Cherukuri will lead Rice’s technology and commercialization infrastructure to translate breakthrough discoveries into inventions for the benefit of society. The primary areas of focus for the Office of Innovation will be technology translation, startup creation, commercialization and entrepreneurship training. Cherukuri will also oversee Rice’s engagement with the Ion, including the university's programs in the recently inaugurated innovation district. This newly established role is part of the new administration’s goals for Rice to be a leader within the Houston and global innovation ecosystems.

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Boasting a 300-acre tree-lined campus in Houston, Rice University is ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has a 6-to-1 undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio, and a residential college system, which supports students intellectually, emotionally and culturally through social events, intramural sports, student plays, lectures series, courses and student government. Developing close-knit, diverse college communities is a strong campus tradition, which is why Rice is highly ranked for best quality of life and best value among private universities.

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