Humanities Research Center (Practica)

The Humanities Research Center at Rice Univeristy, as a part of its public humanities initiative, partners with university departments and Houston institutions to create practice-based courses for undergraduate students in the areas of medical humanities and cultural heritage. Qualified students work 5-10 hours/week on site with archivists, center directors, and practitioners to develop projects in specific research areas. Overseen by Rice faculty, students learn to apply their humanistic training to real-world problems and to put their critical thinking to use as they learn new practical skills. HRC practica are credit-bearing, evaluated by Rice faculty, and culminate in an end-of-semester symposium in which students present their research to the public.

The HRC is now accepting applications for Fall 2016 practica. Explore the offerings on this site, and apply online. Please contact John Mulligan at the HRC with any questions.

Houston Action Research Team

Houston Action Research Teams (HARTs) serve as a bridge between Rice University and the City of Houston. HARTs are small, interdisciplinary teams of Rice students who work together with city offices and community organizations to address issues and challenges facing Houston and its residents.  HART projects are developed through collaboration between Rice University’s Center for Civic Leadership and Houston community partners. The program brings together skilled and motivated Rice students from a range of academic fields to develop creative responses to complex civic questions and community challenges.

HARTs provide undergraduate Rice students with knowledge, skills, and opportunities to:  apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world issues; learn from their teammates and community partners; develop team- and community-based leadership skills; and communicate their ideas effectively to various stakeholders.

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Humanities Encouraging Diversity in post-Graduation Employment (HEDGE) supports undergraduates with translating their humanities education to a professional environment. The program offers medical and professional internships, as well as internship funding opportunities. Participating students are also introduced to a variety of industries through career panels, workshops, networking dinners, and other opportunities involving Rice alumni.

  • Professional Internships
  • Internship Funding
  • Museum District Internships
  • Medical Humanities Internships
  • Beyond the Hedge Internships
For more information, please visit or contact Nyeva Bembry, Manager of Student Programs, at
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