Rice Biotech Academy

About Rice Biotech Academy

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The Rice Office of STEM Engagement offers a one-week enrichment academy, in collaboration with Design Connect Create, that explores tools and technology used in the rapidly evolving biotechnology landscape, with labs and Rice University faculty and graduate student discussions.

The Biotech Academy includes hands-on STEM activities and design challenges that are experiential and project-based. Activities include DNA extraction and analysis, micropipetting, bacterial transformation, and testing of the PTC gene, among others. Through hands-on activities students will learn how to use a growth mindset and critical thinking skills while also being exposed to various STEM paths, careers, and emotional intelligence by partnering with professionals as role models, mentors, and guest speakers.

R-STEM is proud to host the Rice Biotech Academy in collaboration with Design Connect Create at Rice University.

You can read more here about our collaborative efforts with Design Connect Create.

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  • Rice Biotech Academy is offered for a fee of $499 per student/week.

  • Lunch is included in the registration fee for this program.

  • Students must have previously completed or currently be taking Biology to register.


  • Current Rice Faculty and Staff, Rice Alumni, or Military and Veterans: Please email stem@rice.edu or call our office at 713-348-8211 to receive the discount code before registering your child.


Scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. To apply for a scholarship please click the links below to download the application. Do NOT register for the Academy if you are applying for a scholarship. Once scholarships have been awarded registration links will be sent to scholarship recipients.

The deadline to apply is April 19, 2024.

Scholarship applications for this program are now closed.

English Scholarship Application
Spanish Scholarship Application

Program Dates

July 15 - 19, 2024
9 AM - 3 PM
Rice University


Space is very limited. Participation in this program requires payment of the registration fee and completion of the required participant agreement and release forms for minors.

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing (by e-mail) to RSTEM.

A 50% refund will be received if the request is made at least 10 business days prior to the first day of the program.

No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made less than 10 business days prior to the first day of the program.

Email: stem@rice.edu

Program Flyer

To view and download the Rice Biotech Academy program flyer click here.


Rice Biotech Academy Administration

If you have any questions about Rice Biotech Academy, please contact the program instructors.

Mariana Quinn, M.S
R-STEM, Assistant Director for Science Education
713-348-8266 | mq10@rice.edu

Matthew Cushing, M.S.
R-STEM, Executive Director
713-348-8210 | mpc3@rice.edu

*Program times, dates, and locations, are subject to change before the first day of the program.

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Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr., Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445