Digital Scholarship Services - DSS

Supports projects and activities for creating, disseminating and preserving digital scholarship at Rice.

Cultural Anthropology and ORCID

The journal Cultural Anthropology, whose editorial team is currently at Rice, recently began to require that all authors include their ORCID identifier during the article submission process. Join the journal's managing editor, Marcel LaFlamme, in an informal discussion about the conversations that are ongoing among both the editorial team and the larger anthropology community regarding ORCID, as well as how the journal plans on using ORCID.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Depositing Your Undergraduate Thesis in the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive



When submitting content to, you will be agreeing to the archive’s Non-Exclusive Deposit License. This allows Rice to distribute and preserve your work; you retain the copyright.

In order for this archive to reproduce, translate and distribute your submission worldwide, you must agree to the following terms.



By signing and submitting this license, you (the author(s) or copyright owner) grants to Rice University (Rice) the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate (as defined below), and/or distribute your submission (including the abstract) worldwide in print and electronic format and in any medium, including but not limited to audio or video.

You agree that Rice may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format for the purpose of preservation.

You also agree that Rice may keep more than one copy of this submission for purposes of security, back-up and preservation.

You represent that the submission is your original work, and that you have the right to grant the rights contained in this license.

You also represent that your submission does not, to the best of your knowledge, infringe upon anyone's copyright.

If the submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant Rice the rights required by this license, and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission.



Rice will clearly identify your name(s) as the author(s) or owner(s) of the submission, and will not make any alteration, other than as allowed by this license, to your submission.

If you have questions regarding this license, please contact

Fondren Fellows Program

Fondren Fellows Program

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. For example, projects may involve working with archival collections, developing digital projects, or making recommendations for library spaces or services based on analyzing data. A Fondren staff member will serve as a mentor for each project.

Graduate student projects will be designed at an appropriate level of complexity and responsibility, and there may be opportunities for graduate students to help mentor undergraduate fellows.

Apply to be a Fondren Fellows Mentor

Fondren Library invites Rice faculty and library staff to propose and mentor research or educational projects for students to undertake through its Fondren Fellows program. Please see this document for more information and application instructions. Deadline:  August 8, 2019 at 12 p.m. 

Benefits to Fellows

The Fondren Fellows program offers the following benefits to students:

  • Receive a competitive wage. Fellows will receive $15/ hour, with a cap of $3000 per fellowship.

  • Create a meaningful research project in collaboration with professionals

  • Hone research and communication skills

  • Work flexible hours

Applying for a Fellowship

Applicants must be current graduate or undergraduate students in good academic standing at the time of the fellowship. To apply, submit the following to

  • a resume or CV that includes your name, email address, telephone number and expected graduation date.

  • a cover letter. The cover letter should specify which project(s) you would like to participate in, what qualifications you bring to the project(s), and what you would like to get out of the fellowship.

  • an unofficial transcript.

  • a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

Students will be expected to interview with the prospective mentor and the Fondren Fellows coordinator. Work study students are encouraged to apply.

Student applications for the Fondren Fellows program will be due in September of 2019. Please check back for updated information.

Contact with any questions.


Once selected, Fondren Fellows are expected to:

  • submit a research plan

  • participate in regular meetings with their mentor(s) and, as appropriate, with other Fellows

  • provide reports on their progress in meeting the project goals

  • present their project at a public forum, such as the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium (RURS) or a Fondren Town Hall Meeting

  • acknowledge Fondren Library in any publications or presentations resulting from the fellowship

Fondren Library gratefully acknowledges the John “Terry” Maltsberger III estate for creating an endowment to support expanding the Fondren Fellows program. Please see Katharine Shilcutt's "Surprise for Fondren Library: $2 million endowment to fund experiential research" Rice News (November 5, 2018).

Between 2016 and 2019, the Fondren Fellows program was funded through the generous support of Trish Brice. It is inspired by a similar program at Vanderbilt, as well as by student research programs at Rice’s Center for Civic Leadership and Rice’s Humanities Research Center.

Learn more about the program by reading Jeff Falk's "Fondren Fellows Program showcases students’ research prowess," Rice News (April 17, 2017).

Summer 2019 Fondren Fellows Projects

For the summer of 2019, Fondren is supporting two Fondren Fellows projects:

  • "Developing a Sustainability and Resilience Plan for Fondren Library":  According to the American Library Association, “libraries that demonstrate leadership in making sustainable decisions that positively address climate change, respect and use natural resources, and create healthy indoor and outdoor environments will stabilize and reduce their long-term energy costs, help build more sustainable communities, and thereby increase community support for the library.” In support of Rice’s overall commitment to environmental sustainability, Fondren Library seeks to become more sustainable, such as by reducing resource consumption, facilitating the sharing and re-use of materials, creating collections that reflect sustainability concerns, fostering resilience, and incorporating environmental concerns into potential renovation plans. The Fondren Fellow would lay the groundwork for developing the library’s sustainability plan by consulting with stakeholders, identifying key elements of the plan, researching how similar organizations approach sustainability, and preparing a brief report and presentation to share findings. It is envisioned that this will be a multi-phase project, likely involving multiple Fellows.
    • Fellows:  Svetlana Borodina and Ashley Fitzpatrick
    • Mentor: Lisa Spiro
  • "Cataloging paranormal studies collections": For “Cataloging paranormal studies collections,” the Fellow would assist the staff of the Woodson Research Center with the processing and description of the recently acquired archival materials relating to new religious movements and the paranormal.  The archive is the focus of the Archives of the Impossible seminar presently taught by Prof. Jeffrey Kripal of the Religion department. 
    • Fellows: Thomas Millary and Christopher Senn
    • Mentors: Lee Pecht and Anna Shparberg

For more information about these fellowship opportunities, including a list of desired skills, please click here.

View Past Fondren Fellows

Meeting Federal Funders’ Public Access Requirements

Did you know that, within the next year, Rice researchers receiving federal funding will need to comply with new requirements that the products of their research, including publications and some data, be made publicly available?

This mini-workshop, co-sponsored by Fondren Library and the Office of Proposal Development, will provide participants a general overview of the policies and will highlight key Rice resources available to help navigate these new requirements.

Rice Digital Scholarship Archive FAQ

What is the Rice Digital Scholarship Archive?

Rice Digital Scholarship Archive (  is Rice's institutional repository, a web site where the university's intellectual output is shared, managed, searched, and preserved. Most materials come from Rice faculty members' research, electronic theses and dissertations, and digitized collections of rare or unique books, images, musical performances, and manuscripts.

Digital Preservation Support

Digital preservation is still an active area of research, with multiple architectures and technologies used to address issues of long-term digital preservation. Recognizing this, Fondren has protected Rice’s digital scholarly assets using multiple platforms and technologies that are appropriate for the various forms of digital content. We continue to stay abreast of developments in this area and follow best practices to ensure our assets are protected.