Testing Resources

Rice University offers traditional qRT-PCR based testing administered by Baylor Genetics and Houston Methodist. Additionally, Rice is offering an experimental test that uses LAMP, or loop-mediated, isothermal amplification. This test was developed here in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Both traditional PCR and LAMP based tests have the same goal – amplifying viral RNA to detectable levels. More information about LAMP testing can be found here. Typical results are expected within 12 hours, but they could take up to 48 hours.

  • Faculty and staff who are vaccinated must test once every two weeks (instead of the prior requirement to test weekly).
  • Students (graduates and undergraduates) must continue to test once a week.
  • All unvaccinated people must continue to test twice a week.
  • You may test more often at your discretion, as testing capacity allows.

To link to the list of on-campus testing locations, click here.

If you have filled out a health reporting form due to a known exposure to COVID-19, you must only test using Baylor Genetics (PCF#1) or Methodist (McNair Hall Room 140). The Rice LAMP testing (Space Science 106) will not test known exposures.

COVID Testing is available at the following locations on campus:

  • Baylor Genetics runs the PCF Tent #1 location (Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, daily lunch break closure noon until 12:30 pm). Baylor Genetics testing site is a self-administered nasal swab.
  • Methodist operates the McNair Hall 140/145 location (Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm, daily lunch break closure from noon until 12:30 pm). Methodist gathers patient information on-site and Methodist staff administers these tests.
  • Rice University is also conducting an experimental test, called a LAMP test. This test uses a saliva sample. LAMP tests are administered at the Space Science 106 location (8:00 AM until Noon from Sunday through Wednesday, Thursday 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM). For more specific information about LAMP testing, please click here.
  • Testing appointment times are typically released a month in advance, so September appointments will be available in August.

Anyone experiencing COVID-like symptoms should complete a Health Reporting Form.

Information on these pages includes comprehensive details about current testing procedures and protocol. For more information, email covidtesting@rice.edu.

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