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Great universities need — and help to create — great communities, and the reverse is also true. For nearly a century, Rice University has enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the Greater Houston community, one that Rice’s University Relations team works to preserve and enhance. Collaborating closely with local organizations and individuals, we communicate Rice’s plans and priorities to our Houston neighbors while also striving to understand what’s most important to them and share that perspective with university leaders. Such efforts play a pivotal role in helping Rice fulfill its own mission, but to us, it’s more than that — it’s being a good neighbor. 

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Community

From construction updates to neighborhood news, get the inside scoop on what’s happening at Rice.

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 Event planning


Event Planning

Planning an event? Our staff has the tools and know-how to assist Rice’s broad community. From providing access to campus facilities to offering displays that work in any setting, University Relations can make your next big event a success.

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 Student ambassadors 

Student Ambassadors

Rice Student Ambassadors serve as hosts to dignitaries and provide campus tours to school children and community organizations visiting Rice University. Find out how these students can help with your next event.

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 Welcome Center 

Welcome Center

Centrally located in the nation’s fourth-largest city, Rice University is recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities. To find out why, to plan a campus visit, or to request permission to film or photograph at Rice, please visit our Welcome Center, either online or in person.

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Public Events Calendar

openSign up for Welcome, an email listing of public events at Rice

Time Event
September 09
12:00 PM
Molecular and Coarse-grained Views of Protein Dynamics in the Unfolded State
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dmitrii E Makarov
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
September 09
6:30 PM
Reconstruction ERA Texas: Scientific Racism’s Influence over Legislation, Hearts, and Minds
Open to the Public
Speaker: Naomi M. Carrier
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
September 09
7:00 PM
RDA Spotlight Award and Lecture: 548796
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
September 10
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Some Open Problems and Research Directions in One-Dimensional Substitution Hamiltonians
Open to the Public
Speaker: William Yessen
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 10
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: A Bayesian Approach to L1 and L2 Regularization in Machine Learning
Open to the Public
Speaker: Colin Carroll
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 11
12:00 PM
09/11/01 In Memoriam: “Pacem”
Rice Chorale

Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Thomas Jaber, Leone Buyse, Robert Atherholt, Desmond Hoebig, Paula Page, Richard Brown
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 11
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, "From the Gulf of Mexico to the marine deep subsurface: An interdisciplinary approach to geomicrobiology"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brandi Reese
Sponsor: Earth Science
September 11
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Noncommutative Invariant Theory
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chelsea Walton
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 11
4:00 PM
On the Other Side of the Street: Linguistics and Cognitive Science in Biomedical Informatics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Amy Franklin
Sponsor: Linguistics
September 11
4:00 PM
Mass Graves and Historical Memory in Spain
Open to the Public
Speaker: Scott Boehm
Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese
September 11
7:00 PM
Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture - "Changing the Culture of Human Space Flight: How we returned the Space Shuttle to flight after Columbia"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Wayne Hale
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
September 11 through September 18 Exhibition: Everything we want it to be at all times
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: John Forse, Lane Hagood, Bradley Kerl, Cody Ledvina, Gabriel Martinez, Lauren Moya Ford
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
September 12
11:00 AM
Temporal Patterns of Deep Brain Stimulation: From Mechanisms of Action to Innovative Therapy
Open to the Public
Speaker: Warren Grill, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
September 12
11:30 AM
The Right to Party (Resources): Political Party Networks and Candidate Success
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jaclyn Kettler
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 12
12:00 PM
IEEE Friday Lunch Talk - Kimberly Nguyen and Nick Berk, Microsoft
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
September 12
1:00 PM
MSANTD3, a novel transcription factor, recruits PRC2 complex to regulate neuron differentiation in mouse P19 cells
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yufeng Gou
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 12
2:00 PM
Chao Center for Asian Studies Open House
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
September 12 through September 13 Rice Cinema to present NORTH BY NORTHWEST (Directed by Alfred Hitchcock)
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
September 12
7:30 PM
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Thomas Jaber, Andrea Jaber
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 13
1:30 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 13
8:00 PM
Boniuk Institute Event "God Box"
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
September 13
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Mary Edge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 15
4:00 PM
EEB Seminar Series: Sex Determination, Sex Chromosomes, and Sexual Dimorphism in Flies
Open to the Public
Speaker: Richard Meisel
Sponsor: BioSciences-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
September 15
7:00 PM
Spanish Resource Center Film Series Fall 2014, Spanish Comedies 1 - "Chinese Take-Out"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese
September 15
8:00 PM
Doctoral Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Scott Cuellar
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 16
12:30 PM
Screening for Noise in Gene Expression Identifies Drug Synergies
Open to the Public
Speaker: Weinberger Leor
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
September 16
1:00 PM
Modulating the Lysosome-Autophagy System to Restore Homeostasis in in vitro Model Systems of Lysosomal Storage Disorders
Open to the Public
Speaker: Wensi Song
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 16
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: TBA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Emily Cliff
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 16
7:30 PM
Miró Quartet
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 16
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Rescheduled
Open to the Public
Artist: Mark Diamond
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 17
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Spectral Homogeneity for Limit Periodic Schrödinger Operators
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jake Fillman
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 17
1:00 PM
Low Complexity Detection and Precoding for Massive MIMO OFDM Systems: Algorithm and Architecture.
Open to the Public
Speaker: bei yin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 17
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zhenghe Zhang
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 17
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Mark Diamond
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 18 through September 19 Freescale Day
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
September 18
12:05 PM
Language, Longing, and Belonging: Ayelet Tsabari
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ayelet Tsabari
Sponsor: Jewish Studies
September 18
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Nitash Balsara
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
September 18
4:00 PM
Current Research in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, "Sedimentary record of Mars climate evolution: implications for exoplanet habitability"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Edwin Kite
Sponsor: Earth Science
September 18
4:00 PM
TBA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Özge Gürcanl
Sponsor: Linguistics
September 18
4:30 PM
German-Jewish Echoes in 20th Century Arab Thought: The Interpretations of Hannah Arendt
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jens Hanssen
Sponsor: History
September 18
7:00 PM
Boniuk Institute Enter Faith Workshop Series
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
September 19
9:00 AM
Friends of Fondren Library Families Weekend Library Tours
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
September 19
1:00 PM
Catalytic oxidation properties of palladium decorated gold nanoparticles
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zhun Zhao
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 19
1:30 PM
Carbon cycle and climate fluctuations during the early Paleogene: Sedimentological characteristics and environmental ramifications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Benjamin Slotnick
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 19
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar Series: Environmental Behavior of Nanomaterials: Implications of Material and Environmental Complexities
Open to the Public
Speaker: Navid Saleh
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
September 19
4:00 PM
Between Limpieza de Sangre and Partus Sequitur Ventrem: Indigeneity, Gender and Race in Caribbean History, 1600-1797
Open to the Public
Speaker: Melanie Newton
Sponsor: History
September 19
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Norman Fischer, Jeanne Kierman, Julie Simson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 20
1:00 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Christina Jennings
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 20
2:00 PM
Breaking Through the Margins: Tactics of Historic Preservation in Communities of Color
Open to the Public
Speaker: Portia D. Hopkins
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
September 20
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Norman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 21
6:00 PM
Concert of Songs and Arias
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Jaber
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music