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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

November 07 through March 31The Women of Rice: Our Present / Their Future
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and SexualityDecember 18
10:00 AMLesbicas Negras' Ethics and The Scales of Racialized Sexual Recognitions in Gynecology and Public Discourses in Salvador-Bahia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Nessette Falu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesDecember 19
9:00 AMCompressive Sensing in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging
Open to the Public
Speaker: SeyyedMajid Valiollahzadeh
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesJanuary 06
3:00 PMMetal ferrite nanoparticles as tracers in hydraulically fractured wells
Open to the Public
Speaker: Lauren Morrow
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesJanuary 09
4:00 PMSpecial Colloquium: The knot concordance group
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jennifer Hom
Sponsor: MathematicsJanuary 12
12:00 PMGuest Artist Presentation
Open to the Public
Artist: Martha Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 12
1:00 PMMonte-Carlo Simulation and Measurements of Electrons, Positrons, and Gamma-rays Generated by Laser-Solid Interactions
Open to the Public
Speaker: Alexander Henderson
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral StudiesJanuary 12
8:00 PMSharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Thomas Jaber, Chabrelle Williams
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 13
4:00 PMBioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Susan S. Margulies, Ph.D.
Sponsor: BioengineeringJanuary 13
4:00 PMAlgebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yuecheng Zhu
Sponsor: MathematicsJanuary 13
7:00 PMThe Influence of Gandhi and King on Hip Hop Culture
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative LearningJanuary 13
8:00 PMFaculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtists: Norman Fischer, Kenneth Goldsmith, William Lutes, Martha Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 14
7:00 PMHouston Spaceport Frontier Lecture -"The Changing Face of Space Economics"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Stuart Martin
Sponsor: Dean of Natural SciencesJanuary 14
8:00 PMShepherd School Symphony Orchestra
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Larry Rachleff, Jerry Hou
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 15
4:00 PMECE Integrated Sensors and Systems Seminar Series: Oliver Mullins 698/699 Eligible
Open to the Public
Speaker: Oliver Mullins
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer EngineeringJanuary 16
7:30 PMFaculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtists: Robert Atherholt, Leone Buyse, Benjamin Kamins, Kenneth Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 16
8:00 PMSenior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Kaitlyn Johnson
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 17
8:00 AMREEP Ed Tech Conference
Open to the Public/Registration Required
Speakers: Tom Vander Ark, Jim Tosone
Sponsor: Rice Education Entrepreneurship ProgramJanuary 17
9:00 AMUrban Harvest Fruit Tree Sale
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental EngineeringJanuary 17
11:30 AMGuest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: John Perry
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 17
2:00 PMCEVE Seminar Series: (TBA)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Glen T. Daigger, PhD, PE, BCEE, NAE
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental EngineeringJanuary 17
5:30 PMHear&Now
Open to the Public
Artist: Jerry Hou
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 17
8:00 PMSenior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Carey Skinner
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 18
1:00 PMGuest Artist Master Class
Open to the Public
Artist: John Perry
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 20
4:00 PMHow bacteria and cancer cells regulate mutagenesis and their ability to evolve
Open to the Public
Speaker: Susan M. Rosenberg
Sponsor: BioengineeringJanuary 20
4:00 PMAlgebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Arnav Tripathy
Sponsor: MathematicsJanuary 20
7:30 PMCanadian Brass
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 21
8:00 PMMaster’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Tianjie Lu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 22
12:00 PMECE Scalable Health Seminar Colloquium
Open to the Public
Speaker: James Rehg
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer EngineeringJanuary 22
5:30 PMJunior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Joshua Halpern
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 22
8:00 PMClass Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jon Kimura Parker
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 23
5:30 PMGraduate Students Opera Scenes Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 23
8:00 PMSYZYGY New Music at Rice
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 24
2:00 PMMichael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 24
7:30 PMGraduate Students Opera Scenes Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 24
8:00 PMDoctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Aaron Conitz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 25
8:00 PMMaster’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Gregory Hammond
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 26
8:00 PMClass Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Norman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 26
Bioengineering Colloquia
Open to the Public
Speaker: Bernhard O. Palsson, Ph.D.
Sponsor: BioengineeringJanuary 27
4:00 PMAlgebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Atsushi Kanazawa
Sponsor: MathematicsJanuary 27
5:00 PMClass Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Cho-Liang Lin
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 28
9:00 AMUrban Education Symposium: 21st Century Learning Series
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Continuing Studies, Glasscock School ofJanuary 28
4:00 PMGeometry-Analysis Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Vu Hoang
Sponsor: MathematicsJanuary 28
5:00 PMClass Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Robert Roux
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 29
5:30 PMMaster’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Natalie Fritz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 29
8:00 PMFaculty and Guest Artist Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Paul Rosenthal, Ivo-Jan van der Werff, Thomas Landschoot, Patrice Moeling, Robert Moeling
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 30
5:00 PMClass Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Brian Connelly
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 30
7:30 PMClass Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Ken Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 30
8:00 PMFaculty Recital
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtists: Richie Hawley, Benjamin Kamins, Larry Rachleff
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 30 through March 15New Installation by Atelier Bow-Wow
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice University Art GalleryJanuary 31
11:00 AMThe Shepherd Society’s Family Concert
Open to the Public
ArtistArtists: Larry Rachleff, Rachel Buchman
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 31
3:00 PMMaster’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Hope Cowan
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 31
5:30 PMJunior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Wesley Ducote
Sponsor: Shepherd School of MusicJanuary 31
8:00 PMSharing the Spotlight
Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: Michael Webster, Christopher McKiggan, Jacqueline Kitzmiller, Carson Marshall, Jill Valentine, Benjamin Stoehr
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music