The Owl Edge Experience Fund


Hands-on professional experience is a critical building block for Rice students that exposes them to a world of career options, hones skills they developed in the classroom and strengthens their resumes as they prepare for the future. The experiences that will prepare Rice students to make an impact after graduation could include:

  • An internship at a small nonprofit addressing a pressing community need.
  • A research project abroad that fosters a global perspective.
  • A fast-paced summer job at a startup that sharpens the entrepreneurial edge.

These experiences, however, do not always come with a paycheck, and Rice wants to ensure that students can take on impactful professional opportunities when they arise. 

The Owl Edge Experience Fund, a priority of the Initiative for Students, seeks to fund summer experiences, be they careeror research-focused, that students have identified but do not have the financial means to accept.

With your support, even more Rice students can embrace the wide range of professional development opportunities that the world has to offer. 


The Owl Edge Experience Fund, through generous donations from Rice alumni, parents and friends, will provide qualified students with grants of up to $5,000 in support of summer internships and research positions. Students will submit opportunities they have discovered themselves and, after a careful selection process, funds will be allocated to assist them with transportation and living expenses incurred as a result of participating in their summer experience.


To support one or more experiences, specify the Owl Edge Experience Fund in the space provided when you make your gift online. Please contact David Loyless, assistant vice president for development, at, with any questions.

Please note: Partial funding for Owl Edge Experience Fund grants begins at $1,000.

Research field trips reward persistence

“In the field, working on specific research, I am able to build on my education in the classroom and lab.” 

— Elli Ronay ’16
+ Earth science field trip researcher, exploring the American Southwest
+ Volcanic ash investigator
+ Earth science major

Learn more about how research shapes Elli's education

Volunteer engagement

The Owl Edge Experience Fund provides a philanthropic vehicle to support experiential education through the Initiative for Students.

We hope that you will also support the volunteer components of the Initiative, including the Owl Edge Externships and Owl Edge Internships, in which Rice alumni, parents and friends host and mentor students during 1-5 day externships and summer-long internships.

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