Opportunities for the Minor in Medical Humanities
The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.
Distinction in Research and Creative Work
Students completing the minor in Medical Humanities are eligible to apply for the university honor Distinction in Research and Creative Work. If awarded, Distinction will be noted on the student's transcript upon graduation and on commencement materials. All applications for Distinction will be judged by a committee of faculty affiliated with the program in Medical Humanities. Work deemed to be "above and beyond" expectation will be considered for Distinction.
- To apply for Distinction in Research and Creative Work, a student must complete the minor in Medical Humanities.
- Applications for Distinction must be submitted to the Director of Medical Humanities on or before the last day of classes in the spring semester by 5:00 pm.
- As part of the application for Distinction, students must submit a single-authored research or creative work, created for a Medical Humanities class, that represents the substantive output of a semester's work (length will vary by discipline).
- The student's project does not have to be completed nor in its final format to apply for Distinction. All final research and creative work materials will be due on the last day of final examinations.
- Applications must include a one-page letter of support from a Rice sponsoring faculty advisor. The advisor should use the application form link, below, and fill in the student's first and last name, the title of the student's work, and upload their Rice faculty letter of support and submit the form. Students may submit an additional letter from a non-Rice faculty member, but it is not required.
Advanced students in the Medical Humanities minor have the opportunity to conduct experiential learning and research in our practica, enroll in internships at Houston-area hospitals, archives, and community partner institutions, and take a multi-institution seminar, co-taught by researchers and clinicians in the Texas Medical Center, University of Houston, University of Texas School of Public Health and Rice University.