Rice University Department of Religion

Distinction in Research and Creative Works


1.     The student submits to the Department Office (225 HUM) a one-page application (available here) along with the project by Friday of the second week of April.  Eligibility requires a minimum 3.3 GPA and senior status.

2.     The student requests the mentoring faculty member to turn in a confidential letter of support for the project by Friday of the second week of April.  The student's application will not be complete without this letter, so the student should verify with the Department Office that the letter has been received.

3.     The Religion Awards Committee judges the projects and determines whether or not the project will be awarded Distinction.  Criteria for the award are the following: 1) creative conception of project beyond normal expectations; 2) exceptional original research and use of source materials; 3) exceptional writing or presentation; 4) and original contribution to the field.

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