Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program 

Launched in 2009, Rice’s post-baccalaureate fellowship provides recent college graduates the opportunity to work with a sociology department faculty member in an intensive research and mentoring experience. Designed as a one-year fellowship, participants must be interested in attending graduate school in the social sciences or related professional fields after the completion of their fellowship year. In addition to receiving hands-on training in the methods of social science research, Fellows benefit by having the opportunity to attend academic conferences, obtain recommendations for graduate school, and receive assistance in applying to top graduate programs.

*Please note:* Because these fellowships are typically funded by research grants to individual faculty members, there is no standard application process and the availability of positions varies from year to year. Students interested in the program should contact individual faculty members, typically in the spring of each academic year, to inquire about potential positions for the following academic year.

Past Fellows:

Megan Wisniewski
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Klineberg
Fellowship Year: 2016-2017
Graduate Student, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Kelsey Walker
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Klineberg
Fellowship Year: 2016-2017
Associate, Traffic Engineers, Inc.

Ethan Raker
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Klineberg
Fellowship Year: 2015-2016
Enrolled as PhD Student at Harvard University

Kiara Douds
Faculty Mentor: Stephen Klineberg
Fellowship Year: 2013-2015
Enrolled as PhD Student at New York University

Kylee Talwar
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bridget Gorman
Fellowship Year: 2013-2014

Esther Chan
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund
Fellowship Year: 2012-2014
Enrolled as a PhD student in Sociology at Yale University

Virginia White
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund
Fellowship Year: 2013-2014
Enrolled in the Master’s in Divinity (MDiv) at The University of Chicago Divinity

Hilary Dowdy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Bridget Gorman
Fellowship Year: 2011-2013
Employed at Accenture Management Consulting.

Samuel Kye
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund
Fellowship Year: 2011-2012
Enrolled as a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University.

Sarita Panchang
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rachel Tolbert Kimbro
Fellowship year: 2011-2012
Research assistant at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Billy McMillan
Fellowship year: 2010-2011
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Lindsay
Enrolled as a doctoral student in the department of sociology at Yale University.

Chelsea Smith
Fellowship year: 2010-2011
Faculty Mentors: Drs. Bridget K. Gorman and Jenifer Bratter
Enrolled as a doctoral student in the department of sociology at The University of Texas at Austin.

Katherine Sorrell
Fellowship year: 2010-2011
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund
Enrolled as as doctoral student in the department of sociology at the University of Notre Dame.

Pat Hastings
Fellowship Year: 2009-2010
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Lindsay
Enrolled as a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley

Ariela Schachter
Fellowship Year: 2009-2010
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Rachel Kimbro
Enrolled as a doctoral student at Stanford University