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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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From construction updates to neighborhood news, get the inside scoop on what’s happening at Rice.

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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

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

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
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 24
12:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Yvonne Chen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 24
12:30 PM
On the Origin of Species by Means of Genetic Incompatibilities
Open to the Public
Speaker: Ricardo Azevedo
Sponsor: Center for Theoretical Biological Physics
March 24
4:00 PM
Life Redesigned: The Emergence of Synthetic Biology
Open to the Public
Speaker: James J. Collins, Ph.D.
Sponsor: Bioengineering
March 24
4:00 PM
To Know a Buddha: A Tibetan Contemplative History and Its Implications for Religious Studies
Open to the Public
Speaker: Elena Claire Villarreal
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 24
5:30 PM
Junior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Zoë Miller
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 24
7:30 PM
Hansel and Gretel
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
ArtistArtists: Richard Bado, Pat Diamond
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 24
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Bing Wei
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 25
12:00 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Jacqueline Kitzmiller
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 25
12:00 PM
ECE Seminar Series: Continuous Ultrahigh-Speed Photonically-Enabled Compressed Sensing (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Mark A Foster
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
March 25
12:00 PM
Spectral Theory Brown Bag Seminar: The Kunz-Souillard Approach to Localization II
Open to the Public
Speaker: Valmir Bucaj
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 25
4:00 PM
Neuroengineering Seminar Series:"Characterizing and manipulating multisensory perceptual networks," Dr. Jeffrey Yau (698/699)
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jeffrey Yau
Sponsor: Electrical and Computer Engineering
March 25
4:00 PM
Geometry-Analysis Seminar: Pair correlations for length spectra on negatively curved manifolds
Open to the Public
Speaker: Richard Sharp
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 25
4:00 PM
MECH Seminar Series: "Minimally Invasive Robotic Catheters: Addressing Challenges through Modeling, Control, and Design"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Michael Zinn
Sponsor: Mechanical Engineering
March 25
4:00 PM
Phosphines and Phosphinocatalysis
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Ohyun Kwon
Sponsor: Chemistry
March 25
4:00 PM
K2I Distinguished Lecture Series: "Big Data and Data Science: Some Hype but Real Opportunities"
Open to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Michael Franklin
Sponsor: Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
March 25
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Alice Hong
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 25
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Ka-Yeon Lee
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 26
1:30 PM
Silence, Sentimentalism, and the British Romantic Novel, 1789–1824
Open to the Public
Speaker: Anna Saikin
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 26
3:00 PM
Graduate Seminar Series - Design of Functional Materials from Nanoparticles and Emerging Nanotechnologies at Baker Hughes
Open to the Public
Speaker: Valery Khabashesku
Sponsor: Materials Science & NanoEngineering
March 26
4:00 PM
Wolfe Lecture: Fixed-energy harmonic functions
Open to the Public
Speaker: Richard Kenyon
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 26
4:00 PM
Spring 2015 Current Research in Earth Science - Does sea level influence mid-ocean ridge magmatism on Milankovitch timescales?
Open to the Public
Speaker: Paul Asimow
Sponsor: Earth Science
March 26 through March 28 Rockwell Gnostic Counter Cultures
Open to the Public
Speakers: April Deonick, Grant Adamson, Dylan Burns, John Turner, Zeke Mazur, Gregory Shaw, Victoria Nelson, Erik Davis, Mark Pilkington, Wouter Hanegraaff, Michael Kaler, Fritz Graf, Kocku von Stuckard, Mark Pegg, Lautaro Lanzillota, David Litwa
Sponsor: Religion
March 26
4:00 PM
Open Review, the New Peer, and the Future of Scholarly Communication
Open to the Public
Speaker: Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Sponsor: Humanities Research Center
March 26
4:15 PM
"All Things Brazil" Briefing
Open to the Public
Speakers: Jose Onuchic, Seiichi Matsuda
Sponsor: Office of International Students and Scholars
March 26
5:00 PM
Student Recital
Prismatic Wind Ensemble

Open to the Public
ArtistArtistsArtistsArtistsArtists: James Blanchard, Tamer Edlebi, Nicholas Davies, Markus Osterlund, Issac Schultz
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 26
5:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Philip Marten
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 26
7:30 PM
Hansel and Gretel
Open to the Public/Admission Charge
ArtistArtists: Richard Bado, Pat Diamond
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 26
8:00 PM
Doctoral Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Boson Mo
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 27
7:30 AM
8th Annual Rice Customer Management Symposium
Open to the Public/Registration Required/Admission Charge
Sponsor: Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
March 27
4:00 PM
Special PDE seminar: The growth of the vorticity gradient for the two-dimensional Euler flow on a symmetric domain
Open to the Public
Speaker: Tsubasa Itoh
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 27
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Nina DeCesare
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 27
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Norman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 27
All Day
Rice 360º - National Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Rice 360° Initiative
March 28
10:00 AM
Shepherd School Concerto Competition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 28
1:30 PM
Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 28
2:00 PM
Shepherd School Concerto Competition
Open to the Public
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 28
5:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of Jeanne Kierman Fischer
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 29
12:30 PM
Senior Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Julian Nguyen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 29
3:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Evelyn Hsu
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 29
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Madeline Slettedahl
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 29
8:00 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Glass
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 30
9:00 AM
Imaging and Visual Classification by Knowledge-Enhanced Compressive Imaging
Open to the Public
Speaker: Yun Li
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 30
10:00 AM
High performance high order numerical methods: applications in ocean modeling
Open to the Public
Speaker: Rajesh Gandham
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 30
10:00 AM
Nonrandom seed dispersal by lemur frugivores: mechanism, patterns and impacts
Open to the Public
Speaker: Onja Razafindratsima
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 30
12:00 PM
Infection by a String Link
Open to the Public
Speaker: Diego Vela
Sponsor: Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
March 30
3:45 PM
CEVE Specialty Seminar: Some Aspects of Tuned Mass Dampers for Seismic Response Reduction
Open to the Public
Speaker: Julio C Miranda
Sponsor: Civil and Environmental Engineering
March 30
4:00 PM
Topology Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Wouter van Limbeek
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 30
5:30 PM
Master’s Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Evie Chen
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 30
7:30 PM
Rice Chorale - Postponed
Open to the Public
Artist: Thomas Jaber
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
March 30
8:00 PM
Class Recital
Open to the Public
Artist: Students of James Dunham
Sponsor: Shepherd School of Music
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
4:00 PM
Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar: To Be Announced
Open to the Public
Speaker: Jen Berg
Sponsor: Mathematics
March 31
4:00 PM
Bioengineering Colloquia
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
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: To Be Announced
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 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
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