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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. 

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
August 26
8:00 AM
Impedance Control Approaches for Series Elastic Actuators
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joshua Mehling
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 26
9:30 AM
Historical Transport Pathways & Flux Among the San Jacinto River Waste Pits and the the San Jacinto River
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jessie Ann Kaur Gill
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 26
3:00 PM
High Weirdness: Visionary Experience in the Seventies Counterculture
Open to the Public
Speaker: Erik Davis
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 26
4:00 PM
Diffusion-driven pattern formation in confined geometries
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jasna Brujic, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Chemistry
August 26
4:00 PM
Geometry and Analysis seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Vu Hoang
Sponsor: Mathematics
August 27
12:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Michael Stubbart
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
August 27
1:00 PM
Virtual Teams: A Qualitative and Quantitative Review of Best Practices
Open to the Public
Speaker: Christina Zimmer
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 27
2:30 PM
CHBE Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Anne Gaffney
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
August 27
4:00 PM
Fall 2015 Current Research in Earth Science: A variable mantle lithology: implications for melt generation on Earth
Open to the Public
Speaker: Oliver Shorttle
Sponsor: Earth Science
August 27
4:00 PM
Colloquium: A semidefinite program solves phase retrieval with corrupted data
Open to the Public
Speaker: Paul Hand
Sponsor: Mathematics
August 27
4:30 PM
Discover Research Fair
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Student Clubs
August 28
10:30 AM
Universality in the Equilibration of Quenched Yukawa One Component Plasmas
Open to the Public
Speaker: Thomas Langin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 28
12:15 PM
Archaeological Investigations of Early Glass production at Igbo-Olokun, Ile-Ife (Nigeria)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Abidemi Babalola
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 28
1:00 PM
Pecha Kucha
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
August 28
2:00 PM
Structure and Function of Bottlebrush Polymers
Open to the Public
Speaker: Stacy Pesek
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
August 28
6:00 PM
Architecture Houston Center Back to School Bash
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture
August 28
7:30 PM
Rice Cinema to host Senorita Cinema, Film: "Detained in the Desert" & Q&A by Josefina Lopez
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Speaker: Josefina López
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
August 28
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Kathleen Winkler
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
August 29
8:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Zhu Zhu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
September 01
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Susan Rosenberg
Sponsor: Bioengineering
September 01
6:30 PM
Rice Science Café: Taking the Vital Signs of Our 'Backyard' Reef
Open to the Public
Speaker: Adrienne Correa, PhD
Sponsor: Dean of Natural Sciences
September 01
8:00 PM
Faculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Norman Fischer, Jeanne Kierman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
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: 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: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tarek Elgindi
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 02
4:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Pratik Shah (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Pratik Shah
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
September 02
7:00 PM
HIROSHIMA/ NAGASAKI FILM FESTIVAL
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice Cinema
September 03
4:00 PM
Colloquium: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Andrej Zlatos
Sponsor: Mathematics
September 03
4:00 PM
Integrated Sensors and Systems Seminar Series, Gabriel Rebeiz (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gabriel Rebeiz
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
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
Rice Football vs Wagner
Open to the Public / Admission Charge
Sponsor: Athletics