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University Relations

 

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

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

Time Event
April 22 through August 01 Photography in China Exhibition 
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Study Abroad Office
July 23 
10:00 AM
High-level execution models for multicore architectures 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alina Sbirlea 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 24 
7:30 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present BOULEVARD 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 24 
10:00 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present SEED MONEY: The Chuck Holmes Story 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
July 25 
2:15 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present CELESTIAL CLOCKWORK 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 25 
4:45 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present STAND 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 25 
7:30 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present DEATH IN BUENOS AIRES 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 25 
9:45 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present 54: Director's Cut 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 26 
2:15 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present WOMAN ON TOP 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 26 
4:30 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present JESS AND JAMES 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 26 
7:00 PM
Rice Cinema and QFEST to present: EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO. Dir by Peter Greenaway 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 26 
9:15 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present EVERLASTING LOVE (AMOR ETERNO) 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 27 
7:00 PM
Rice Cinema & QFEST to present "Tangerine" 
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
July 28 
9:00 AM
Functional Data Analysis for Spectroscopic Devices 
Open to the Public
Speaker: lu wang 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 28 
5:15 PM
Friend Orientation for FISS Program 
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
July 29 
10:00 AM
Plasmonic Nanoparticle Laden Medium for Solar/Thermal Energy Storage 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Toni Tullius 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 29 
12:00 PM
Friend Orientation for FISS Program 
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
August 04 
9:00 AM
Delegation, Agency and Competitive Representation 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Iliya Atanasov 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 05 
5:15 PM
Friend Orientation for FISS Program 
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
August 06 
12:00 PM
Friend Orientation for FISS Program 
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
August 11 
2:00 PM
Development of an Active Display Using Plasmonic Nanorods and Liquid Crystals 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jana Olson 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 12 through August 15 Advances in Tissue Engineering 2015 
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Bioengineering
August 13 
1:00 PM
The Antarctic Peninsula’s Response to Holocene Climate Variability: Controls on Glacial Stability and Implications for Future Change 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rebecca Minzoni 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 20 
3:00 PM
The Concept of Human Dignity in Bioethics 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Lisa Eddleman 
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 25 
4:00 PM
Novel Systems for Systemic and Targeted Delivery of Therapeutics 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Samir Mitragotri 
Sponsor: Bioengineering
August 26 
4:00 PM
Diffusion-driven pattern formation in confined geometries 
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jasna Brujic, Ph.D. 
Sponsor: Chemistry