Category Archives: Professional Development

Ignite 2016: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Trek: Wednesday – Saturday, March 2-5, 2016


Attention, Engineering Grad Students!

Join the RCEL-Rice Alliance Spring Break entrepreneurship trek to Silicon Valley. Apply now to participate in the 2016 Ignite trek for the opportunity to meet successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and to visit startups, high-tech companies, and VC firms in Silicon Valley! Wednesday – Saturday, MARCH 2-5, 2016. RCEL will support up to 12 Rice engineering graduate students and 3 undergraduate students by paying for their conference fee and hotel, and providing $300 toward travel. (Students pay the balance of their travel expenses and some meal expenses.)

Ignite Trek Schedule:

  • Day 1: Wednesday, March 2 – Travel day & Opening reception (6:00pm at UC Davis Campus)
  • Day 2: Thursday, March 3 – Field trips to Start-ups/High-tech companies/VC firms
  • Day 3: Friday, March 4 – Entrepreneurial Guest Speakers (UC Davis Campus)
  • Day 4: Saturday, March 5 – Entrepreneurial Guest Speakers (UC Davis Campus). Closing dinner.

We require all Ignite participants to participate fully in all Ignite activities from March 2-5, 2016.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 P.M. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015. A limited number of candidates will be accepted to participate. Students will be notified by January 2, 2016.


Contact: Amanda Prestia,


Versatile PhD – Join now!

If you’re concerned about the academic job market, or thinking about non-academic careers, now is a great time to take advantage of Versatile PhD. Rice subscribes to VPhD’s resources, and you have access to them!

  • See authentic, successful resumes and cover letters that got a PhD their first job outside academia.
  • Join a supportive web-based community where you can get advice from PhDs and ABDs working outside the academy.
  • Completely confidential. No one at this or any university will know you are using this website unless you tell them.

Click here to get started: Once you reach the VPhD login page, create a member account if it’s your first time. If you already have an account, sign in as usual.

Calendar of GPS Professional Development Events

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has compiled a Google Calendar of professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs. Feel free to add it to your collection of calendars, or to visit it on our homepage!

Link to GPS Professional Development Calendar: