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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

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

 

Time Event
April 10 through August 28 Dinh Q. Lê "Crossing the Farther Shore"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
July 11
10:00 AM
Imaging the Great Plains of the Central U.S. using Finite-Frequency Rayleigh Wave Tomography and Implications for Asthenosphere-Driven Uplift
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rachel Margolis
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 12
5:00 PM
"Some Truths to Learn from Leaves" Elinor Evans exhibition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
July 14
9:00 AM
Evolution of North Malé Atoll Rim During the Last Full Glacial Cycle (Malé Island, Republic of Maldives)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tugba Koksal
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 14
10:00 AM
Computational framework for the analysis of hybrid masonry systems using an improved non-local technique
Open to the Public
Speaker: Zhenjia Gao
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 18
10:00 AM
Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel, in situ-Forming, Biodegradable Hydrogels for Cellular Delivery in Craniofacial Bone Tissue Engineering
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brendan Watson
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 18
10:00 AM
Large-Scale Online Aggregation Via Distributed Systems
Open to the Public
Speaker: Niketan Pansare
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 18
1:30 PM
Initiation of RNA polymerization and polymerase encapsidation by a Picobirnavirus
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aaron Collier
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 22
10:00 AM
Computational study of the synthesis, structure, property, and application of low-dimensional materials
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yuanyue Liu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 25
1:00 PM
Twilight of the God-Idols: Race, Religion, and the Life and Death of Whiteness in Contemporary America
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christopher Driscoll
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 28
1:00 PM
Long-lived Luminescent Metal Complexes for Small Molecules Sensing Application
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kewei Huang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
July 29
5:15 PM
Friend Orientation for FISS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
July 30
12:00 PM
Friend Orientation for FISS
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
July 31
5:30 PM
AIA Student Biennial Exhibition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
July 31
5:30 PM
Works created by Elinor Evans' students
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture