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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 22
2:00 PM
Rediscover OWL-Space
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Information Technology
January 22
2:00 PM
RNAs in Silico: What We Can Learn from Molecular Dynamics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Giovanni Bussi
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
January 22
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series:
Novel Unsupported Catalysts for Upgrading Heavy Oil

Open to the Public
Speaker: Mike A Reynolds
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
January 22
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - Prof. Grattoni "Nanostructured materials for drug and cell delivery"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alessandro Grattoni
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
January 22
4:00 PM
ECE Scalable Health Colloquium - Activity and Attention in First-Person Vision (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: James Rehg
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
January 22
4:00 PM
Spring 2015 Current Research in Earth Science - Locking, mass flux and topographic response at plate boundaries - the Chilean case
Open to the Public
Speaker: Onno Oncken
Sponsor: Earth Science
January 22
4:00 PM
Metaphorical Pre-Emptiveness in Non-Literal Linguistic Interpretation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dingfang Shu
Sponsor: Linguistics
January 22
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Homogenization and Anomalous Diffusion
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gautam Iyer
Sponsor: Mathematics
January 22
4:00 PM
High resolution subcellular imaging throughout whole organisms
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kai Wang
Sponsor: Bioengineering
January 22
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Joshua Halpern
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 22
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jon Kimura Parker
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 22
8:00 PM
Be Steadwell
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
January 23
10:00 AM
Terahertz Spectroscopy of Soft Condensed Matter: Single Methyl Branched n-Alkanes and Plastic-Crystals
Open to the Public
Speaker: Daniel Nickel
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
January 23
12:00 PM
Dynamics and Dissociation of Collisionally Formed Heavy-Rydberg Ion-Pair States
Open to the Public
Speaker: Changhao Wang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
January 23
5:30 PM
Graduate Students Opera Scenes Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 23
6:30 PM
RICE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS OBSERVATORY OPEN HOUSE
Open to the Public
Speaker: Patricia Reiff
Sponsor: Physics & Astronomy
January 23
7:00 PM
Vow of Silence
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
January 23
8:00 PM
SYZYGY New Music at Rice
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 24
2:00 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 24
7:30 PM
Graduate Students Opera Scenes Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 24
8:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Aaron Conitz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 25
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Gregory Hammond
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 26
11:00 AM
'Immunizing Yourself Against Fraud' - National Cybersecurity Awareness Luncheon
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Information Technology
January 26
12:00 PM
Vanzant Seminar Series: Regulation of Intestinal Macrophages by Microbial Metabolites
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pamela Chang
Sponsor: BioSciences-Biochemistry and Cell Biology
January 26
1:00 PM
One- and Two-Dimensional sp2-Carbon Nanomaterials: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Abdul-Rahman Raji
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
January 26
4:00 PM
Reconstruction, modeling and use of genome-scale networks in biology
Open to the Public
Speaker: Bernhard O. Palsson, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
January 26
4:00 PM
Shaping Metallic Nanoparticles toward Integrated Plasmonics and Catalysis
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hui Wang
Sponsor: Chemistry
January 26
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: Dessins d'adolescents
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christopher Bishop
Sponsor: Mathematics
January 26
7:00 PM
Artist Talk: TANG DeSheng; "Educated Youth"
Open to the Public
Artist: TANG DeSheng
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
January 26
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Norman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 27
12:00 PM
Making Sense of the Contemporary Asia-Pacific: Crisis, Transformation and the New Scholarship
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mark Selden
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
January 27
12:30 PM
Scaling in Cellular Dynamics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aaron Dinner
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
January 27
2:00 PM
Research Computing Workshops - HPC Code Workshop: Intro to RCSG Resources - Spring 2015
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Information Technology
January 27
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Atsushi Kanazawa
Sponsor: Mathematics
January 27
4:00 PM
Scientia Lecture: Teaching and Learning in the University of Tomorrow
Open to the Public
Speakers: Dean: Nicolas Shumway, Dean: Lyn Ragsdale, Moderator: Josh Eyler
Sponsor: Scientia
January 27
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Ngo
Sponsor: Bioengineering
January 27
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 28
11:30 AM
Artist Reception: Karin Broker
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Public Art
January 28
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Vu Hoang
Sponsor: Mathematics
January 28
4:00 PM
Lewis acidic and redox properties of organoantimony derivatives – Applications in anion sensing and halogen photoreductive elimination
Open to the Public
Speaker: François P. Gabbaï
Sponsor: Chemistry
January 28
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Robert Roux
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 28
6:00 PM
James Casebere Lecture
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
January 29
9:00 AM
Synthesis and Applications of Graphene Based Nanomaterials
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zhiwei Peng
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
January 29
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series:
Exciton Migration and Dissociation in Conjugated Molecular Materials

Open to the Public
Speaker: Peter J Rossky
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
January 29
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - Prof. Upmanyu "Sculpting crystals at the nanoscale: Stability and growth of semiconducting nano wires"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Moneesh Upmanyu
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
January 29
4:00 PM
Spring 2015 Current Research in Earth Science - "Arctic Mechanics: Studying the Interactions of Ice and Water"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Victor Tsai
Sponsor: Earth Science
January 29
5:30 PM
Public Lecture: Lessons from My Travels
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
January 29
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Natalie Fritz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 29
7:00 PM
"Godless In America: Being Atheist in a Nation of Believers"
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
January 29
8:00 PM
Faculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Paul Rosenthal, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Thomas Landschoot, Patrice Moeling, Robert Moeling
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 30
9:00 AM
Public Religion in America
Open to the Public
Speaker: Penny Edgell
Sponsor: Religion and Public Life Program
January 30
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Brian Connelly
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 30
5:00 PM
SHOTGUN: Atelier Bow-Wow/RSA Exhibition Opening
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
January 30
7:30 PM
Class Recital - Postponed
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Ken Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 30
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Richie Hawley, Benjamin Kamins, Larry Rachleff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 30 through March 15 New Installation by Atelier Bow-Wow: "Shotgun"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
January 31
9:00 AM
HGSA presents the 2nd Annual Interdisciplinary Conference: "Borders & Encounters"
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Dean of Humanities
January 31
11:00 AM
The Shepherd Society’s Family Concert
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Larry Rachleff, Rachel Buchman
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 31
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hope Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 31
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Wesley Ducote
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
January 31
8:00 PM
Sharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Michael Webster, Christopher McKiggan, Jacqueline Kitzmiller, Carson Marshall, Jill Valentine, Benjamin Stoehr
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
February 01
3:00 PM
Concert of Songs and Arias
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Thomas Jaber, Sarah Bouse, Mary Box
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music