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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. 

Community updates


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

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Time Event
November 07 through March 31 The Women of Rice: Our Present / Their Future
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
January 19 through March 13 Exhibition Opening: Portraits of Denial and Desire by John Halaka
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
January 30 through March 15 New Installation by Atelier Bow-Wow: "Shotgun"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
February 05 through April 01 Logan Sebastian Beck: A Description of the Sun
Open to the Public
Speaker: Logan Beck
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 21 through March 21 Exhibition: SUMI INK CLUB
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
February 24
12:00 PM
Constructing the Shotgun Exhibit
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
February 24
12:30 PM
Sequestered: The Assembly and Function of Protein Organelles
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dave Savage
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
February 24
2:00 PM
What Makes Politics Interesting? How Political Contexts Shape Political Interest across the World
Open to the Public
Speaker: Seonghui Lee
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
February 24
2:30 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Paul Silverhorne
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 24
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nathan Kaplan
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 24
4:00 PM
Scientia Lecture: Teaching and Learning in the University of Tomorrow
Open to the Public
Speakers: Moderator: Josh Eyler, Dean: Peter Rossky, Dean: Ned Thomas
Sponsor: Scientia
February 24
4:00 PM
Controlling Cells Through RNA Folding: Towards Design Principles for RNA Engineering
Open to the Public
Speaker: Julius Lucks, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
February 24
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jennifer Zhou
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 24
7:00 PM
"When Heaven's Door is Shut: Can Exclusive Religions Be Tolerant?"
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
February 24
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jing Duan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 25
8:00 AM
Civil Religion and Religious Civility: The Role of Religious Arguments in the Public, Political, and Legal Spheres
Open to the Public
Speaker: Richard Mouw
Sponsor: Religion and Public Life Program
February 25
10:00 AM
Synthesis of black silicon anti-reflection layers for silicon solar cells
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yen-Tien Lu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
February 25
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Nathan Watts
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 25
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: The Real Jacobi Inversion Problem II
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tom VandenBoom
Sponsor: Mathematics
February 25
5:30 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Timothy Steeves
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 25
6:00 PM
Keller Easterling Lecture
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
February 25
8:00 PM
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Brinton Averil Smith, Evelyn Chen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 26
9:00 AM
The Development of a Low-Resource Appropriate Diagnostic for the Detection of Malaria DNA
Open to the Public
Speaker: Michael Cordray
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
February 26
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series:
"Functional Nanomaterials Based on Block Copolymer Self-Assembly"

Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Jin Kon Kim
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
February 26
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - Sculpting crystals at the nanoscale: Stability and growth of semiconducting nano wires
Open to the Public
Speaker: Moneesh Upmanyu
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
February 26
4:00 PM
Spring 2015 Current Research in Earth Science - A Paleo perspective on Ocean Heat Content and Climate Change
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yair Rosenthal
Sponsor: Earth Science
February 26
5:30 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Aaron Perdue
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 26
6:00 PM
Meet the Author featuring Dr. Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Author of "The First World War in the Middle East" presented by the Association of Rice Alumni and Friends of Fondren Library
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Alumni Affairs
February 26
8:00 PM
Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Craig Sheppard
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 27
1:00 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: Craig Sheppard
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 27
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar Series: Global Water Challenges and Solutions
Open to the Public
Speaker: Glen T. Daigger, PhD, PE, BCEE, NAE
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
February 27
4:00 PM
Keck Seminar: Erez Aiden, Ph.D. "How Genomes Fold: Now Inside the Loop"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Erez Aiden
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
February 27
4:00 PM
The Parable of the Philospher-King and the Pragmatist: Two Narratives About the End of Philosophy, Democracy, and the University
Open to the Public
Speakers: Jesús Díaz Álvarez, Jorge Brioso
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
February 27
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Francesca McNeeley
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 27
7:00 PM
Shepherd School Concerto Competition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 27
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Postponed
Open to the Public
Artist: Ka-Yeon Lee
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 27
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 28
2:30 PM
2015 REA Baseball Tailgate
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Dean of Engineering
March 03
6:30 PM
Rice Science Café: A New Look at Planet Formation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chris Johns-Krull
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
March 03 through March 04 SCS Presents US BCSD Council Meeting
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shell Center for Sustainability
March 04 through March 05 2015 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Workshop
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
March 05
9:00 AM
Best Boards Conference
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Speaker: Scott McClelland
Sponsor: Continuing Studies, Glasscock School of
March 05
2:00 PM
CVD Grown Graphene-Based Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: LULU MA
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies