The Fondren Fellows program funds Rice undergraduate or graduate students to conduct research projects sponsored by Fondren Library that will benefit the library and the scholarly community. See for more information.

Recent Submissions

  • Data Analytics Approach to Addressing Children's Mental Health in the Pandemic Era 

    Qiu, Alison (2023)
    This is a presentation of the project "Data Analytics Approach to Addressing Children's Mental Health in the Pandemic Era" which was presented by its author at the 2023 Shapiro Showcase event at Rice University. The project employed a code-based "data pipeline" to process bulk healthcare data and to yield usable statistical results. In this case, the ...
  • Promoting Academic Success: The Influence of Demographics, Family, and County Diversity on Educational Outcomes in 12th Graders 

    Li, Tina; Barber, Catherine (2023)
    This study tracks the impact of key environmental and demographic circumstances on student performance and educational outcomes in order to identify and weigh their relative influence. 
  • How Government Fiscal Relief Affects Employment During 2020 Recession - Case Study of United States 

    Sun, Nik; Xiong, Anna (2023)
    The objective of this research is to investigate the impact of government fiscal relief measures on employment during 2020 economic downturns in the United States. Utilizing a panel dataset comprising 50 states and the District of Columbia from 2020 to 2021, the study employs a 2-stage least squares regression model to estimate the influence of ...
  • Topic database creation over the Rice Thresher 

    Katz, Zoe; Avalos-Gauna, Edgar; Motteler, Sarah (2023)
  • Rice University: Fondren Library Sustainability Plan 

    Fitzpatrick, Ashley; Borodina, Svetlana; Spiro, Lisa; Fondren Library (2019)
    As awareness of climate change and other environmental and social problems grow, many libraries and librarians are dedicating themselves to sustainability, “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”3 We call upon Fondren Library to practice and promote sustainability ...
  • Fondren Fellow final report: The usage of Fondren Library in an age of research-oriented college education 

    Kanemitsu, Jade; Wang, Yifan (2019)
    What is Fondren Library’s role in Rice University’s undergraduate teaching practices? And more broadly, how is Fondren, as a research university library, understood in today’s pedagogical environment? This research seeks to look at Fondren Library’s current practices and their effects and to understand how the library services address key issues—or ...
  • Motion Tracking Small Organisms 

    Liu, Mengjia (2018)
    Presented at the 2018 Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, this poster shares the results of a Fondren Fellows project designed to develop a methodology to collect footage and perform 2D motion tracking of small organisms using user-friendly software and equipment.
  • Rescoping research through student-librarian collaboration: Lessons from the Fondren Fellows program 

    LaFlamme, Marcel; Kipphut-Smith, Shannon; Association of College and Research Libraries (2018)
    Academic library professionals increasingly see student workers as full coparticipants in the design and delivery of library resources and services. For some librarians, this perspective grows out of a commitment to critical and feminist pedagogy,1 while for others, greater reliance on student workers in the face of flat or contracting budgets has ...
  • Exploring the Possibility of Alternative Desks in Fondren Study Spaces 

    Potlapalli, Neha R. (2017)
    As new research shows that traditional desks may do more harm than good to students, alternative solutions to the typical table and chair have entered many university libraries. Fondren Library is interested in discovering if substitute options—such as bike desks, standing desk, or under desk elliptical stations—will be useful options at Rice ...
  • After the Addendum: Author Rights Management and/as Library Service 

    LaFlamme, Marcel; Fondren Library (2017-02)
    This report presents the findings from a qualitative study of Rice University faculty attitudes and practices around author rights conducted by Marcel LaFlamme, a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology, during his tenure as a Fondren Fellow. This project was supervised by Shannon Kipphut-Smith, Fondren Library’s scholarly communications liaison.