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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
September 02
2:00 PM
FlatCam: Lensless Imaging, Principals, Applications and Fabrication
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ali Ayremlou
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
September 02
4:00 PM
Neuroengineering Seminar Series: Evoking sensory percepts using electrical micro-stimulation of the nervous system, Bradley Greger (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Bradley Gregor
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
September 02
4:00 PM
Geometry and Analysis seminar: Wellposedness issues for singular transport equations
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tarek Elgindi
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 02
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Pratik Shah "Next-generation of health technology solutions" (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pratik Shah
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
September 02
4:00 PM
OEDK Open House
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
September 02
4:00 PM
MECH Seminar Speaker - Andrew Erwin/Amitabh Kumar
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering
September 02
7:00 PM
HIROSHIMA/ NAGASAKI FILM FESTIVAL
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
September 03
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series featuring Dr. Kostas Konstantopoulos - Johns Hopkins University
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Konstantinos Konstantopoulos
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
September 03
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrej Zlatos
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 03
4:00 PM
Fall 2015 Current Research in Earth Science: What do observations tell us about planet formation?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrea Isella
Sponsor: Earth Science
September 03
7:00 PM
Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture: 13 Things That Saved Apollo 13
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jerry Woodfill
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
September 03
7:00 PM
Houston SpacePort Frontier Lecture: 13 Things that Saved Apollo 13
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jerry Woodfill
Sponsor: Rice Space Institute
September 04
5:30 PM
Globalization 2015: Student Summer Travel Exhibit
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
September 04
7:00 PM
Directed by Women Houston Screening: CUT HER OUT
Open to the Public
Speakers: Tiffany Heath, Jake Heath
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
September 05
12:30 PM
HOOTS Tailgate, September 5, 2015
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Housing and Dining
September 05
Rice Football vs Wagner
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
September 08
12:30 PM
Perhaps, Abnormalities of Matrix Mechanics Can Drive Rapid EMT-like Transitions
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jan Liphardt
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
September 08
4:00 PM
“Small” platforms enabling “big” changes in disease detection
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Tony Y. Hu
Sponsor: Bioengineering
September 08
7:00 PM
RDA Spotlight Award: Oualalou+Choi
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
September 09
6:00 PM
Friends of Fondren Library Annual Membership Meeting and Dinner
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Speaker: Greg Curtis '66
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
September 10
4:00 PM
Fall 2015 Current Research in Earth Science: Investigating rupture characteristics of intermediate-depth and deep earthquakes at regional and teleseismic distances
Open to the Public
Speaker: German Prieto
Sponsor: Earth Science
September 11
12:00 PM
Guest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: John Thorne
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 11
2:00 PM
OPEN HOUSE: Chao Center for Asian Studies
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Chao Center for Asian Studies
September 11
4:00 PM
Keck Seminar: Scott Gilbertson, PhD "Inhibitors of 5-HT2CR Protein:Protein Interactions"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Scott Gilbertson, PhD
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
September 11
6:30 PM
Master of Liberal Studies 10th Anniversary Celebration
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Speaker: Dennis Huston
Sponsor: Continuing Studies, Glasscock School of
September 11
7:00 PM
Rice Cinema to present DR. STRANGELOVE (Directed by Stanley Kubrick)
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
September 11
7:30 PM
09/11/01 In Memoriam
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Jaber
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 12
1:30 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 12
7:00 PM
Rice Cinema to present DR. STRANGELOVE (Directed by Stanley Kubrick)
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
September 13
2:00 PM
Shi'i Islam: History, Doctrines, and Practices A Moderated Discussion on Shi'i Heritage
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
September 13
3:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Samuel Waters
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 13
6:45 PM
Scared Geometry East and West
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance