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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

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 
August 21
2:00 PM 
Engineered Nonlinear Plasmonic Nanosystems: Harmonic Generator, Optical Processor and Single-molecular Sensor
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yu Zhang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 25
2:00 PM 
Pathways
Open to the Public
Speaker: Benjamin Krause
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 25
4:00 PM 
EEB Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Erin Kelleher
Sponsor: BioSciences-Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 
August 26
10:00 AM 
Municipal Soild Waste as a Viable Alternative Fuel in the U.S.A.
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ana McPhail
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 26
12:30 PM 
Crossing from the Molecular to the Cellular: How Polymers Dictate Cell Shape in Bacteria
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joshua W. Shaevitz
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics 
August 26
1:00 PM 
Diagnosing Mass Flows Around Herbig Ae/Be Stars
Open to the Public
Speaker: P. Wilson Cauley
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 26
4:00 PM 
Biodegradable Electronics
Open to the Public
Speaker: John A Rogers, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering 
August 26
4:00 PM 
Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Balanced line bundles
Open to the Public
Speaker: Sho Tanimoto
Sponsor: Mathematics 
August 27
 
Nanolook at Cancer: Can We Explode It?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dmitri Lapotko
Sponsor: BioSciences 
August 27
10:00 AM 
Query Processing and Optimization for Stochastic Analytics
Open to the Public
Speaker: Luis Perez
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 27
11:00 AM 
Engineered Nanomaterials for Energy Harvesting and Storage Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Hemtej Gullapalli
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 27
12:00 PM 
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: Spectral Theory of Discrete Limit-Periodic Schrödinger Operators
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jake Fillman
Sponsor: Mathematics 
August 27
1:00 PM 
Construction and Tensions Resolution: A Comparative Study of Religious Conversion to Protestantism among Chinese and Indian Immigrants in the United States
Open to the Public
Speaker: Di Di
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 27
2:00 PM 
Nanomechanical Characterization of 1D Nanomaterials for Structural and Energy Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Phillip Loya
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 27
2:00 PM 
SocialSync: Sub-Frame Synchronization in a Smartphone Camera Network
Open to the Public
Speaker: Richard Latimer
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 27
2:15 PM 
Radiofrequency-induced Cellular Hyperthermia: Water-soluble Fullerene as a New Cancer Therapeutic Agent
Open to the Public
Speaker: Matthew Cheney
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 28
2:30 PM 
CHBE Seminar Series
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Jason Papin
Sponsor: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
August 28
3:00 PM 
Gold Nanoparticle Platforms for Antigen and Adjuvant Delivery in Cancer Immunotherapy
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joao Paulo Mattos Almeida
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 28
4:00 PM 
Current Events in Earth Science - Thursday Seminar Series, "Climate Change: Facts and Fictions"
Open to the Public
Speaker: W. C. Rusty Riese
Sponsor: Earth Science 
August 29
10:00 AM 
A Practical Guide to Guglielmo Quarenghi’s Six Caprices
Open to the Public
Speaker: Clara Yang
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 29
12:00 PM 
"Sexpo Ecology": Adult Film Across Space and Medium, 1960-1980
Open to the Public
Speaker: Joshua Kitching
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 29
12:00 PM 
Carbon-Based Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization and Applications
Open to the Public
Speaker: Gabriel Ceriotti
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 29
1:00 PM 
2014 Pecha Kucha
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Architecture 
August 29
1:00 PM 
The characterization and visualization of multi-phase systems using microfluidic devices
Open to the Public
Speaker: Charles Conn
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 
August 29
1:30 PM 
Simulations of Carbon Nano-Structures for High-Strength Composites, Thermal Transport, and Hydrogen Storage
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jianxin Lu
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies