The Baker Institute Student Forum Research Committee promotes and showcases original policy research by Rice University undergraduate students through the publication of an online journal, The Rice Cultivator: A Student Journal on Public Policy.

The Rice Cultivator is currently soliciting submissions for the 2013-2014 edition. Submissions are due Jan. 1, 2014. For more information, please refer to the section below or contact the editors at with any questions or concerns.

BISF will sponsor periodic events and workshops designed to introduce students to the research process and help students better understand how to prepare research for publication. Sign up for the BISF listserv to receive announcements of these events.


Research Committee Members, 2013-2014

  • Rohini Sigireddi
  • Sophia TonNu
  • Kira Clingen


BISF Student Journal

The Baker Institute Student Forum publishes an annual student journal, The Rice Cultivator: A Student Journal on Public Policy. This journal offers exceptional Rice undergraduates an opportunity to publish their original research. We encourage all Rice students to take advantage of this unique opportunity to contribute to and enhance the public dialogue about important public policy issues.

The Rice Cultivator publishes articles on various areas of public policy, including health, sustainability, energy and science as well as economics, international relations, religion, education and politics. Students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to submit their work.

In addition to research articles, The Rice Cultivator publishes a News & Views section and a Book Review section (contingent on submissions). The News & Views section features short briefs of 300 to 600 words on current national or international policy issues. The briefs should summarize and analyze a topical event or issue, and may provide some editorial or evaluative comment. The Book Review section features critical evaluations of recent books on a range of topics related to public policy. We have a list of suggested titles, or you may suggest a book of your own choosing. Ideas include “Field Notes on a Catastrophe” by Elizabeth Kolbert, “Age of Turbulence” by Alan Greenspan or any recent book on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Suggested length for book reviews: 750 to 1,000 words.


How to Submit

  • Submissions for the 2013-2014 edition of The Rice Cultivator should be sent as Microsoft Word documents via email to by Jan. 1, 2014.
  • Each submission will undergo a review and revision process. If you have a promising research article, you may submit it for consideration even if it is still a work in progress or a rough draft.
  • You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your submission within two days. If you do not receive a confirmation email, do not assume that the editors have received your paper and please email for confirmation.


Format and Style

  • There are no length requirements for articles. Most submissions range from 15 to 25 pages. For submissions more than 50 pages long, the Research Committee will work with the author to edit and shorten the article.

  • Submissions should be double-spaced with standard font and margins.

  • Students may follow their academic discipline’s conventions for citations (please specify which citation style you use in your submission), but Chicago style (author-date) is the preferred style.

  • Tables, charts, graphs or data set information may be included in the body of the article or at its conclusion.


Timeline and Submission Deadlines

  • Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The editors will work to review submissions as soon as possible, but will not confirm the acceptance/rejection status until after the submission deadline has passed.


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