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Gateway Study of Leadership (GSL)

The Gateway Study of Leadership is a student-led fellowship housed in the School of Social Sciences. The goal of the fellowship is to conduct an interview-based research project that looks for leadership themes and lessons as offered by faculty members of Rice University. The fellows also host leadership breakfasts, lectures and other events with prominent leaders from Rice University and beyond.

2016-2017 GSL Team


 Thresa_Jenkins Caroline_Lee  Emily_Rao
Thresa Skeslien Jenkins Caroline Lee Emily Rao
Sophomore Sophomore Junior
Sociology, Political Science & Policy Studies Cognitive Sciences, Policy Studies English, Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Message from the Co-Directors 

As the 2016-2017 Co-Directors, we are very excited to begin the sixth year of Gateway Study of Leadership and look forward to assembling a new cohort of fellows for the upcoming academic year.

Using qualitative research techniques, the GSL team explores various themes of leadership in academia. The 2016-17 focus will be on the faculty of the renowned Shepherd School of Music. Our cohort of fellows will conduct interviews, create a survey, and finally analyze patterns and share outcomes in the form of a presentation at the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium, a research paper, and the Turning Points series.  

Through our interviews, we will gather individual anecdotes from professors--learn about their career choices, crossroads, and leadership roles--as well as explore topics such as role of competition in the music schools, challenges of balancing rigorous performance demands with academics, and ideological similarities or differences between professors at prestigious, international music schools. We believe that learning about the experiences of these distinguished faculty will lend insights into what motivates us as students, researchers, and leaders. We also hope that these interviews will allow us to build human connections with figures who may otherwise be inaccessible, connections that will give us an keener sense of storytelling as a way to communicate, express, and lead.

In addition to the research activities, we will host periodic power breakfast meetings with leaders in the Rice and Houston community for candid discussions of personal leadership experiences. In the past, GSL has hosted guests such as President David Leebron, the Chairman of the Rice Board of Trustees Bobby Tudor, and the Director of the Baker Institute Ambassador Ed Djerejian.

The research, interviewing, and networking skills developed through the Gateway Study of Leadership fellowship will remain valuable for both a career at Rice and in the professional world.

We look forward to an exciting year ahead and invite you to apply!

GSL 2016-17 Co-Directors

Thresa Skeslien-Jenkins, Caroline Lee, and Emily Rao

Applications are now closed. Fellows for this academic year will be announced soon.  

Senior Fellows

Simone_Bergsrud    Carlin_Cherry   Tim_Wang
Simone Bergsrud Carlin Cherry Tim Wang
Sophomore Sophomore Senior
Sociology, Managerial Studies Economics, Philosophy History, Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Program Archives

2015-2016 GSL Team Information
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2013-2014 GSL Team Information
2012-2013 GSL Team Information
2011-2012 GSL Team Information

Turning Points Series

The Turning Points series is now available for viewing at the Woodson Research Center in Fondren Library and online at http://turningpoints.rice.edu/home/browse-by-school/. Click below to read our latest edition.