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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. 

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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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November 07 through March 31 The Women of Rice: Our Present / Their Future
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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
February 05 through April 01 Logan Sebastian Beck: A Description of the Sun
Open to the Public
Speaker: Logan Beck
Sponsor: Visual and Dramatic Arts
March 31
9:00 AM
Distributed Space Coverage for Exploration, Localization, and Navigation in Unknown Environment
Open to the Public
Speaker: SeoungKyou Lee
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 31
12:00 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Kevin Zheng
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 31
12:00 PM
Engineering multi-input gene regulation for applications in Synthetic Biology
Open to the Public
Speaker: David Shis
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 31
12:30 PM
Anticipators and Procrastinators: Cellular Decision Making in Multivariate Environments
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hana El-Samad
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
March 31
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: Level raising mod 2 and arbitrary 2-Selmer ranks
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chao Li
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 31
4:00 PM
Stem cell systems for studying self-organized developmental patterning
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aryeh Warmflash, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
March 31
4:00 PM
K2I Distinguished Lecture Series: "Keeping Other Countries Honest: Using Signal Interception to Collect Foreign Intelligence" (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: John Treichler, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
March 31
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jon Kimura Parker
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 31
5:30 PM
Cherry Reading Series: Susan Minot
Open to the Public
Sponsor: English
March 31
6:00 PM
The Supreme Court Gets Religion: Recent Head-Turning Cases
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
March 31
6:30 PM
Make the Magic Happen: Leading Others to Believe in the Impossible
Open to the Public
Speaker: Marcus Davis
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
March 31
8:00 PM
Boniuk Institute 2015 9/10th & 11th/12th Essay Award Winners Ceremony
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance
March 31
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kathleen Winkler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 01
9:00 AM
Collective Transport of an Unknown Object by Multi-Robot System
Open to the Public
Speaker: Golnaz Habibi
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 01
10:00 AM
Plasmonic Nanostructures for Enhanced Solar Cells and Colorimetric Spectroscopy Techniques
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nicholas King
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 01
11:00 AM
Bounding the Forcing Number of a Graph
Open to the Public
Speaker: Randy Davila
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 01
12:00 PM
Guest Artist Recital and Master Class
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Ulrike Anton, Russell Ryan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 01
12:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Christopher Janwong McKiggan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 01
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Mixed Spectral Regimes for Square Fibonacci Hamiltonians
Open to the Public
Speaker: William Yessen
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 01
1:30 PM
High Resolution Measurement and Modeling of Ion Dynamics in an Ultracold Neutral Plasma
Open to the Public
Speaker: Patrick McQuillen
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 01
2:00 PM
A first principles approach to describing novel plasmonic phenomena
Open to the Public
Speaker: Vikram Kulkarni
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 01
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: Recent Applications of Transport Theory
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alessio Figalli
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 01
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: "The Physics of Sound – Time, Frequency, and Amplitude" Paul Reed Smith, PRS Guitars
Open to the Public
Speaker: Paul Reed Smith
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 01
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hanna Pederson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 01
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Desmond Hoebig
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 02
2:30 PM
Methods for Ripple Detection and Spike Sorting during Hippocampal Replay
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ankit Sethi
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 03
10:00 AM
Synthesis, Characterization and Application of novel two-dimensional materials in electronics and photonics
Open to the Public
Speaker: GANG SHI
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 03
10:30 AM
Quantifying changes in the optical spectra of plasmonic nanoparticles following interaction with biological cells: Towards optimized design in biomedical applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Allen Chen
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 03
2:00 PM
CEVE Seminar: Fe(III) hydroxide nucleation and growth and heavy metal immobilization: integration of X-ray scattering, microbalance, microscopy, and aqueous chemistry
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yandi Hu
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
April 06
8:30 AM
Novel Dynamics and Structures using Paramagnetic Colloids with Rotating Magnetic Fields
Open to the Public
Speaker: Di Du
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 06
10:30 AM
Purification, Length Characterization and Quality Assessment of Carbon Nanotubes: A Roadmap to Spinning Fibers with Superior Electrical Conductivity and Strength
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dmitri Tsentalovich
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 06
12:00 PM
Doctoral Lecture Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Aaron Conitz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 06
1:00 PM
Comparative Genomics of Cephalochordates
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jiaxing Yue
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 06
2:00 PM
Carbon Based Nanomaterials for Electrochemical Energy Storage Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: LEI LI
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 06
4:00 PM
EEB Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jeannine Cavender-Bares
Sponsor: BioSciences-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
April 06
4:00 PM
Understanding the pH-dependent reduction potential of the Rieske protein using site-directed mutagenesis and chemical modification
Open to the Public
Speaker: Laura M. Hunsicker-Wang, Phd.
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 06
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Charlotte Nicholas
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 07
10:00 AM
Genetic Links among Ideology, Cognitive Style, Big Five Personality, and Executive Functions
Open to the Public
Speaker: Aleksander Ksiazkiewicz
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 07
11:00 AM
Resilience Assessment of Electric Power Systems under Hurricanes and Reliability Improvement using Distributed Wind Generation
Open to the Public
Speaker: Akwasi Mensah
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 07
11:00 AM
Privacy in the Digital Age
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Public Affairs
April 07
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Torrell Moss
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 07
12:00 PM
A Data and Platform-Aware Framework For Large-Scale Machine Learning
Open to the Public
Speaker: Azalia Mirhoseini
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 07
1:00 PM
Dance Music for Orchestra
Open to the Public
Speaker: Thomas Dougherty
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 07
2:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Khoren Ouzounian
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 07
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: Insufficiency of the Brauer-Manin obstruction for Enriques surfaces
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jen Berg
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 07
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 07 through April 09 2015 Campbell Lecture Series presents The Michael Petry '81
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Speaker: Michael Petry
Sponsor: Dean of Humanities
April 07
6:30 PM
Rice Science Café: "Origin, Evolution, and Impacts of Large Submarine Landslides"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Brandon Dugan, PhD
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
April 07
7:00 PM
Kino Dienstag Spring 2015 Film Series - Hunger for Life, "Hotel Lux"
Open to the Public
Sponsor: German Studies
April 07
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ian Koziara
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 07
8:30 PM
Tuesdays at the Turrell
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 08
10:00 AM
Mechanics of Platelet-Matrix Composites across Scales: Theory, Multiscale Modeling, and 3D Fabrication
Open to the Public
Speaker: Navid Sakhavand
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 08
10:30 AM
A Branch-and-Cut Method for Solving the Bilevel Clique Interdiction Problem
Open to the Public
Speaker: Timothy Becker
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 08
12:00 PM
Doctoral Lecture Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Geoffrey Herd
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 08
1:30 PM
Engineering Three-Dimensional in vitro Models of Bone Tumors for Drug Testing and Mechanistic Studies
Open to the Public
Speaker: Li Shan Eliza Fong
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 08
2:00 PM
Limiting Approximations for Stochastic Processes in Systems Biology
Open to the Public
Speaker: Casper Woroszylo
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 08
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Eugeniu Ceremus
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 08
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jiahong Wu
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 08
4:00 PM
Regioselective Bis-Additions to Empty and Endohedral Clusterfullerenes: Tether or Cluster Control?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Luis Echegoyen, Phd
Sponsor: Chemistry
April 08
4:00 PM
MECH Seminar Series: "Pounding Tuned Mass Damper (PTMD) - A New Passive Damper for Structural Vibration Control"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gangbing Song
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering
April 08
5:30 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Scott Cuellar
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 08
7:00 PM
Friends of Fondren Library - The Books That Shaped My World
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alexander X. Byrd
Sponsor: Friends of Fondren
April 08
7:30 PM
Rice Chorale
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtists: Thomas Jaber, Debra Dickinson, Chabrelle Williams, Julie Simson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 08
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kathleen Winkler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 08
All Day
ECE Corporate Affiliates Day 2015
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
April 09
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - 2D Crystals for Nanoelectronics and Beyond
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kaustav Banerjee
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
April 09
4:00 PM
Colloquium: Arithmetic statistics and the model theory of p-adic fields
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ramin Takloo-Bighash
Sponsor: Mathematics
April 09
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chris Voigt, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
April 09
4:00 PM
Spring 2015 Current Research in Earth Science - Constraining the fidelity of the sedimentary record: understanding landscape dynamics as a stratigraphic filter
Open to the Public
Speaker: Elizabeth Hajek
Sponsor: Earth Science
April 09
4:00 PM
Essays in the use of Duality, Robust Empirical Methods, Panel Treatments, and Model Averaging with Applications to Housing Prices Index Construction and World Productivity Growth
Open to the Public
Speaker: Chenjun Shang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
April 09
4:15 PM
Lecture by Abdourahman Waberi
Open to the Public
Speaker: Abdourahman Waberi
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
April 09
5:30 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Ivo-Jan van der Werff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 09
7:30 PM
Modigliani Quartet
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 09
8:00 PM
ENCORES!
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 10
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Emily Moses
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 10
2:00 PM
BRC 5th Anniversary Open House & Special Seminar
Open to the Public
Speaker: Anil K. Sood, M.D.
Sponsor: BioScience Research Collaborative
April 10
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Natalie Gaynor
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 10
7:30 PM
Master’s Recital - Cancelled
Open to the Public
Artist: Juyong You
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 10
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Meghan Kasanders
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 10
All Day
Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Art History
April 11
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Anna Engländer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 11
3:00 PM
Artist Diploma Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hewen Ma
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 11
5:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Brandon Mason
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 11
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Eva Dove
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 11
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Kaori Matsui
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 12
12:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Alanna Jones
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 12
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Zachary Bridges
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 12
4:00 PM
Campanile Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Jerry Hou, Jebat Kee, Hui Shan Chin, Natalie Lin, Rebecca Reale
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 12
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Qianyao Zheng
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 12
7:30 PM
Chamber Music Faculty Master Class
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
April 12
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Mark Teplitsky
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music