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The Rice Prize

The Jeff Rice Prize in International Studies for Original Thinking about a Complex Contemporary Challenge

The Rice Prize is awarded annually to an International Studies student who produces an exceptional piece of research, either a senior thesis or research paper for an IS seminar that is distinguished by original thinking about a complex contemporary global challenge. The award recognizes and encourages creative, original, trans-disciplinary research that proposes new approaches to an important global challenge of our time and prompts readers to think in new ways about potential solutions. Recipients of this award will receive a cash award.

The award is named in honor of Jeff Rice in recognition of his many contributions to undergraduate education and programming over his distinguished career as teacher, advisor, and mentor at Northwestern. Jeff Rice joined the Weinberg Advising office when it was created in 2002 and taught courses on history and politics across the College over twenty years. He retired as senior lecturer emeritus in 2020. His thoughtful, inter-disciplinary, and creative contributions to the Northwestern community are recognized by this annual award that carries his name.