The Rice Emerging Scholars Program (RESP) is an innovative, residential academic program designed to help first-year students prepare for the challenging pace, depth, and rigor of the STEM curricula at Rice. Six weeks in duration, RESP includes classroom instruction from Rice faculty members in Math, Chemistry, and Physics, daily work on study skills and subject knowledge with advanced undergraduate Student Fellows, and opportunities to interact with Rice researchers over meals and in laboratories and colloquia. The Program also includes special visits to Houston area facilities, such as NASA's Johnson Space Center and the Texas Medical Center.
In May, a select cohort of freshmen newly admitted to the School of Engineering or School of Natural Sciences are invited to participate in RESP. Participation is limited to invited students. Students who accept the invitation to join RESP are expected to complete all components of the program, including meetings with staff and student mentors in the fall semester. In exchange, Emerging Scholars are provided with free tuition, room and board for the duration of the summer program, and a stipend.