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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

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Time Event
January 30 through May 17 Atelier Bow-Wow + Jesus Vassallo + Students of the Rice School of Architecture | Shotgun
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art Gallery
April 22 through August 01 Photography in China Exhibition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Study Abroad Office
May 12
10:00 AM
Essays on fair division and monopoly pricing
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jin Li
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 12
10:00 AM
Efficient computation of chromatic and flow polynomials
Open to the Public
Speaker: Boris Brimkov
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 12
2:00 PM
Center for Research Computing Workshop on Advanced Secure Shell Tricks for Power Users
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Information Technology
May 13
10:00 AM
High-Dimensional Integration for Optimization Under Uncertainty
Open to the Public
Speaker: Timur Takhtaganov
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 13
2:00 PM
Delegation, Agency and Competitive Representation
Open to the Public
Speaker: ILIYA ATANASOV
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 14
10:00 AM
ECE Seminar Series: Designing Mixed-Signal and RF/mm-Wave Circuits and Systems for Wireless and Wireline Communications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jinghong Chen
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
May 14
12:00 PM
Magnetic Flux Leakage Sensing: Modeling & Experiments
Open to the Public
Speaker: David Trevino
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 14
2:00 PM
Cooperative Execution of Parallel Tasks with Synchronization Constraints
Open to the Public
Speaker: Shams Imam
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 15
9:30 AM
Resource Allocation Models for Multi-Tiered Storage: Balancing System Efficiency and QoS
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hui Wang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 15
10:00 AM
The Dialectics of Form: Genre and Reification in Early Twentieth-Century American Literature
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kimberly Macellaro
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 15
3:30 PM
Subject Adaptive Control Paradigms for Robotic Rehabilitation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ali Utku Pehlivan
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 19
4:00 PM
Neuroengineering Seminar Series: "Bringing Bioelectricity to Light", Adam Cohen
Open to the Public
Speaker: Adam Cohen
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
May 22
10:00 AM
Memory and Communication Optimizations for Macro-dataflow Programs
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dragos Sbirlea
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 22
2:00 PM
Electron correlation in extended systems via quantum embedding
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ireneusz Bulik
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 22
2:00 PM
Antiantiangiogenic Factor Receptor PlexinD1 Is Required for Proper Formation of the Periocular Vasculature and Establishment of Corneal Avascularity
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sam Kwiatkowski
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 25
1:00 PM
Dynamics of brain networks during reading
Open to the Public
Speaker: Meagan Whaley
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 26
10:00 AM
OKL: A Unified Language for Parallel Architectures
Open to the Public
Speaker: David Medina
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
May 26
4:00 PM
Neuroengineering Seminar Series: Optimal Control of an Epileptic Neural Population Model, Justin Ruths '04
Open to the Public
Speaker: Justin Ruths
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
May 26
6:30 PM
#KITALKS
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mick Cornett
Sponsor: Kinder Institute for Urban Research
May 28
5:00 PM
Workshop Houston Groundbreaking and Open House
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
May 30
8:00 AM
ABC's "Shark Tank" Holds Open And Private Casting Calls At Rice University
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Academic Advising