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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
June 05
10:00 AM
Development of Recombinase Polymerase Amplification (RPA) Assays to Diagnose Infectious Diseases
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zachary Crannell
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 05
2:00 PM
The rheology of particle-liquid suspensions, the shape and interconnectivity of vesicles in pyroclasts and implications for the Plinian eruption of basaltic magma
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pranabendu Moitra
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 05
4:00 PM
Integrated Sensors and Systems Seminar: Measurements in Subsea Oil & Gas Production Systems - challenges and opportunities
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rohit Singh
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
June 09
1:00 PM
Rethinking System Support for I/O Devices
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ardalan Amiri Sani
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 10 through June 11 TxSACT Conference: Recent Advances in the Development of Combinatorial Therapies for Cancer
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: Gulf Coast Consortia
June 10
10:00 AM
Development and Application of Stochastic Methods for Radiation Belt Simulations
Open to the Public
Speaker: Liheng Zheng
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 10
2:00 PM
The Plant Circadian Clock: Roles in Jasmonate Accumulation and Postharvest Plant Performance
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Liu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
June 17
3:30 PM
2016 Traveling Owls Destination Debut & Traveler Reunion
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Alumni Affairs
June 30
10:00 AM
Privacy Concerns in Android Advertising Libraries
Open to the Public
Speaker: Theodore Book
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 25
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Samir Mitragotri, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
September 01
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Susan Rosenberg, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
September 02
4:00 PM
Neuroengineering Seminar Series: Bradley Gregor (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Bradley Gregor
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
September 02
4:00 PM
Geometry and Analysis seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tarek Elgindi
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 03
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrej Zlatos
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 05
Rice Football vs Wagner
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
September 11
4:00 PM
Integrated Sensors and Systems Seminar Series - Yahya Rahmat-Samii
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
September 29
4:00 PM
Ken Kennedy Award Lecture presented by Dr. Charles Leiserson
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Charles Leiserson
Sponsor: Ken Kennedy Institute
October 03
Rice Football vs Western Kentucky
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
October 08
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrej Zlatos
Sponsor: Mathematics
October 08
6:00 PM
Meet the Author featuring Scott Dodson '96, Author of "The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg"
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Speaker: Scott Dodson
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
October 23
9:00 AM
Friends of Fondren Library Tours for Families Weekend
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
October 24
Rice Football vs Army
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
October 30
Rice Football vs Louisiana Tech
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
November 05
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Stergios Antonakoudis
Sponsor: Mathematics
November 14
Rice Football vs Southern Miss
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
November 28
Rice Football vs Charlotte
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics
December 01
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brett Bouma, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
February 06
8:00 AM
Classroom Connect 2016
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Alumni Affairs
February 18 through February 20 15th annual VAGANTES Conference on Medieval Studies
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Speakers: Annemarie Weyl Carr, Diane Wolfthal
Sponsor: Art History
March 02 through March 03 2016 Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference
Open to the Public / Registration Required / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Ken Kennedy Institute
March 10 through March 11 Communities of the Qur’an Conference: Modern and Classical Interpretations of Islamic Scripture
Open to the Public / Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
April 05
7:00 PM
The Books That Shaped My World
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sarah Whiting
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
April 08 through April 09 Modeling and Mapping Historic Sites and Events
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Scientia