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Rice University Student Update:

November 2013

This semester the Rice Community Action Network continues our student update series. Rice CAN strives to engage with students in our efforts and want to keep the entire Rice community informed of student progress and achievement.

Student Achievements This Semester

Baker InternsBaker Institute internships: This past summer, a group of 12 students participated in the annual summer internship programs through the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. Students participated in internships with a number of leading think tanks and government departments including the Urban Institute Health Policy Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Brookings Institution. Research topics ranged from savings behavior in Mexico to Supreme Court decision-making, to human trafficking. To find out more about their experience, click here.

SME pic 2This summer, over 30 Rice students participated in the Summer Mentorship Experience (SME) through Leadership Rice. The program includes a training seminar and then an internship performing “substantive work with recognized leaders in public, private, and nonprofit organizations.” This year, students interned with the House Science and Technology Committee, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, County Judge Ed Emmett, and many other leaders across the globe. Participants in Washington D.C. also engaged with policy leaders and Rice alumni through events such as a welcome reception with the D.C. Alumni Association, the Congressional recognition of Rice’s Centennial, and an Introduction to the U.S. Treaty Process event. To find out more about SME, click here.

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The winners of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering Design Showcase and Competition in April have put their design to use at Shriners Hospital for Children. Members of Team Brittle Bones — Rice juniors Matthew Nojoomi, Nimish Mittal and Sergio Gonzalez – designed a robotic arm to help a patient with osteogenesis reach and lift objects from a motorized chair. The video has gone viral with over 500,000 views on the internet. To find out more about their success, visit here.

BISFThe Baker Institute Student Forum hosted its inaugural undergraduate public policy conference Sept. 21 in James A. Baker III Hall. 15 teams from 12 universities and colleges were on the list of finalists chosen out of 27 total participants; some teams were comprised of members from different universities. Six of the finalist teams were from Rice University. Wiess College junior James Dargan and Patrick Perkowski, a student at the City University of New York’s Queens College, tied for first place.

Design KitchenThe Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen has instituted weekly innovation challenges to incentivize Rice’s most talented engineers. Each week, students may compete in randomly chosen teams of three for $300 worth of prizes. Past challenges have included designing a balloon launcher with limited materials; building towers out of packing peanuts, toothpicks, and water; and building paper airplanes. To find out more about the INNOVATE Weekly Challenges, click here.

Student Association Website

The Student Association (SA), Rice University’s student government, launched a new and improved website this semester. The site provides information on the government’s officers, pending and completed projects, and advocacy avenues for all students at Rice. To view the SA’s project list, click here, and to view the website home page, click here.

Thank you for your interest in our student activities across campus this year. Please stay tuned for more updates on student activity as the Rice CAN continues to grow.