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Cognitive Sciences--Researchers in this interdisciplinary field seek to understand such mental phenomena as perception, thought, memory, the acquisition and use of language, learning, concept formation, and consciousness. Some investigators focus on relationships between brain structures and behavior, while others work with computer simulation and at more abstract levels.
Managerial Studies--The major in Managerial Studies is an interdepartmental, nonprofessional program designed to provide undergraduates with an understanding of the environment in which businesses and other other organizations exist today. Tools employed by management in the commitment of its financial and human resources are also studied.
Policy Studies--This interdisciplinary major focuses on policy issues that are of public interest. Students in policy studies evaluate and analyze both the determinants and the effects of policy decisions, gaining an understanding of the policy-making process and acquiring an intellectual base for policy-making skills. The course of study addresses theoretical issues as well as applied and prescriptive policy questions.
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Rice's Newest Rhodes Scholar
  Noorain F. Khan, a senior at Rice University, is among the 32 college students selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2006.

The Scholars, who were chosen from 903 applicants, will enter the University of Oxford in England next October.

Khan, from Grand Rapids, Mich., is majoring in political science, women and gender studies and religious studies at Rice. She is writing her senior thesis on issues relating to the veiling of Muslim women. As a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, she also is researching the attitudes toward the veiling of Pakistani-American immigrants.

An active campus leader, Khan chairs the Student Forum of Rice's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and has interned at Shirkat Gah (a Pakistani NGO dealing with women's rights), the U.S. Senate, the Middle East Institute, Amnesty International and the Baker Institute Energy Forum. In addition, she has been recognized by Girl Scouts U.S.A. as a "Young Woman of Distinction," which is awarded to the top Girl Scouts in the country, for her work in Muslim community organizing.

At Oxford, she plans to pursue a master of philosophy degree in migration studies.

Did You Know?...that "CHIL" is the Computer-Human Interaction Laboratory under the direction of Mike Byrne, assistant professor of Psychology. The main theme of research at CHIL is cognitive science applied to human-computer interaction...which is what you're doing right now.