The Smalley-Curl Institute (SCI) Annual Summer Research Colloquium began in 1986 and happens in August of each year. The purpose of the SCI Summer Research Colloquium is to provide undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers working at Rice with an opportunity to present their most recent work. The Colloquium includes presentations from students in both the Nakatani Research & International Experiences for Students (RIES) program as well as other visiting undergraduate scholars working in labs at Rice for the summer.
Presentations - either talks or posters - are formal, as in professional international conferences. However, the audience, consisting of Rice students and faculty members, is very informal and friendly, which makes the Colloquium a great occasion for honing the presenters' communications skills.
Some abstracts by graduate students and post-docs will be selected for oral presentations, to be presented throughout the day. Most of the submitted abstracts are selected for posters, which are presented in two separate sessions. Food and drinks are provided at various times throughout the day as well, including coffee service for breaks and beer and wine in the evening.
Prizes are awarded for the top oral presentations, top undergraduate posters, and top graduate/postdoc posters. Past prizes have included $500 and $250 cash prizes and LabView licenses. As of 2014, two new features were introduced: the "SCI Choice Awards", in which the event guests vote for the best in each category and an Awards Ceremony at which the winners are announced.
We encourage visitors to come and hear the latest exciting results of our multi-disciplinary research community! Programs with the abstracts of the presentations and individual abstracts are available prior to the event yearly.