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Our Owls are soaring around the world this summer! Whether near or far, show off your Rice spirit -- share your summer adventures with us!

TikTok · priya 06/08/2024

This post from a Rice insider is going viral on TikTok. Not sure if all the info will make the official brochure 😉. But an interesting student perspective. What do you think?

TikTok · priya 400.7K likes, 2038 comments. “yes this does mean there are toddlers living in my dorm”


Feeling the summer blues 💙 ☀️


As the founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Brock Wagner '87 shares how the journey began from his dorm room at Lovett College. Celebrating 30 years, the oldest craft brewery in Texas has received numerous awards as well as becoming an iconic Houston staple.

Volunteer Leadership Conference: Why Do You Volunteer? 06/05/2024

Rice University’s Office of Alumni Relations brought together dedicated Owls from across Houston and the United States for the Volunteer Leadership Conference, an event designed to connect alumni volunteers across diverse roles at Rice and to amplify their impact through workshops, presentations and feedback engagements.

https://bit.ly/3Xa7swL https://bit.ly/4eajWL2

Volunteer Leadership Conference: Why Do You Volunteer? On May 18, 2024, the Office of Alumni Relations hosted the Volunteer Leadership Conference. This event celebrated Rice’s dedicated Development and Alumni Rel...


Join us as we kick off Pride Month with a series of activities celebrating love, diversity, and inclusion. Rice University and many campus affiliates will host events to spread awareness about the LGBTQ+ community and educate on sexual and gender diversity. View this month's events here: https://bit.ly/3Vcn3cJ

Student research highlighted during Social Sciences Undergraduate Research + Creative Symposium 06/04/2024

Research on racial identity and fair pay, mental and physical health, foreign affairs and other topics was on display at the Social Sciences Undergraduate Research + Creative Symposium held at Rice University’s Kraft Hall.

With plans for it to become an annual event, SSURS serves as a showcase for the depth and diversity of research undertaken by undergraduate scholars from the Rice School of Social Sciences.

Student research highlighted during Social Sciences Undergraduate Research + Creative Symposium Research on racial identity and fair pay, mental and physical health, foreign affairs and other topics was on display at the Social Sciences Undergraduate Research + Creative Symposium (SSURS) held April 11 at Rice University's Kraft Hall.


From shark TikToks to squid facts by text (just send “SQUID” to 1-833-SCI-TEXT), science can be presented through many unconventional channels. Rice University's Public Science Communication Seminar is leading the way, guided by teachers Scott Solomon, an evolutionary biologist, and Lauren Kapcha, assistant dean for communications in the Wiess School of Natural Sciences. They've filled the syllabus with guest speakers who represent a variety of scientific modes and fields and who bring science to the public in new and exciting ways.

Illustration by Alex Eben Meyer



As a psychology major, LeGrand Dudley ’24 has been conducting research that affects more and more drivers on the road today — automated vehicles, or AVs. This research has cemented Dudley’s plans to pursue a graduate degree in psychology.


Photos from Rice University's post 06/02/2024

Renowned architect Charles Renfro ’87, ’89 is designing Rice’s new Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall, an 83,000-square-foot student and faculty arts building that will fuel creative collaborations while providing a new gateway to campus. Influenced by geometric forms from 1970s minimalism, the new three-story structure will be slashed in half diagonally by intersecting panes of glass, a gesture reflective of the iconic Pennzoil Place built in downtown Houston in 1975. “Our design for Sarofim Hall is all about making and viewing, and operates at the intersection of all the arts, very much like the arts district itself,” Renfro says.


Celebrating love, diversity, and the beautiful spectrum of identities at Rice. Happy Pride Month! 🤍

Photos from Rice University's post 06/01/2024

Fondren Library’s Woodson Research Center recently acquired a star-wheel copper-plate rolling press — the only authentic, functional replica of the exact machine that poet William Blake used to produce his masterworks. Here, renowned Blake scholar and printmaker Michael Phillips, who built the press, demonstrates its use. The historically accurate replica will not only complement the library’s extensive holdings on Blake but also serve as an interactive research tool for Rice and the public. https://bit.ly/3Vlo2bv

Photos from Rice University's post 06/01/2024

The 10th annual Veterans Business Battle, hosted by Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business, brought together veterans, executives and students to network, enjoy panel discussions and observe the final round of ventures as they pitched to a panel of judges.

The Veterans Business Battle serves as a forum to connect veterans with investors, advisers and resources. This year the event included seminars geared toward emerging entrepreneurs and the seminal round of pitches from the top five competing companies. https://bit.ly/3WZJ1Cb

Photos from Rice University's post 05/31/2024

Rice University President Reginald DesRoches and wife Paula Gilmer DesRoches welcomed guests as a way to thank donors who made this year’s “Owl in for Houston” campaign to support United Way of Greater Houston a success.

More than 600 Rice employees contributed to this year’s campaign fundraising total of $217,811, which placed the university in the top 35 most generous community campaigns in the entire greater Houston region. https://bit.ly/4aIK8t1


A team led by Randy Hulet, Rice University's Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, is building a quantum simulator that uses ultra-cold lithium atoms as stand-ins for the electrons that carry super currents and beams of light to hold those atoms in single-file lines. Learn more about the innovative discoveries underway at Rice's Wiess School of Natural Sciences: https://bit.ly/4566xiH

Illustration by Brian Taylor.


Exciting news: Rice’s limited-edition Sammy socks have dropped! 🧦 Make a gift of $35 or more to the Rice Annual Fund, or any fund on campus, by June 30, and we’ll send you a pair of Sammy socks! Give today: https://www.givecampus.com/i1n6n7.


“My research topic served as a way for me to venture into the professional world with those I could identify with," says America Salas '25. Last year, Salas, a psychology major, was among a group of talented undergraduates who received a summer undergraduate research fellowship. “The research experience allows undergraduates to sharpen their skills for future endeavors and also allows them to interact with field experts," Salas says. https://bit.ly/4bU8Fwp


Marla Frederick, dean of the Harvard Divinity School, spoke at Rice University’s Fondren Library and was honored with the inaugural Senior Scholar Award by the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

Frederick is the John Lord O’Brian Professor of Divinity, 18th dean and first woman to hold that position in the school’s 207-year history. She recently served as president of the American Academy of Religion, is the author or co-author of four books and is currently curating an encyclopedia of the histories of historically Black colleges and universities. https://bit.ly/4e3zgsA


Every year since 1995, the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Program has awarded five-year grants to junior faculty members who serve as academic role models in research and education. These grants, which are known as CAREER awards, are some of the most prestigious available to early-career researchers and often serve as a foundation for an illustrious career in research.

Rice University psychologist Danielle King will use her 2023 CAREER award of $530,000 to examine how organizations can support employees who are facing race-based threats — and what strategies employers could use to prevent them from happening altogether. https://bit.ly/3KmQtjm


“We’re really only limited by our imaginations.” — Marcia O’Malley, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

O'Malley collaborated with Daniel Preston to design and fabricate wearable textile-based devices that provide haptic information for different applications ranging from improved control of prostheses to enhanced communication and training capabilities. These new haptic accessories can be designed to exact specifications to fit flexible sleeves or clothing.
Read more about the exciting innovations from the George R. Brown School of Engineering here: https://bit.ly/4e2SgHF

Illustration by Brian Taylor


We celebrate, remember and honor those who have served our country. With gratitude and pride, we are thankful for our heroes and their incredible sacrifice.


Turning moments into milestones -- this year, the Jones School of Business celebrated the inaugural class of undergraduate business majors. From dreams to reality, the Class of 2024 isn't just part of history; they're shaping it.

Rice Business - Jones Graduate School of Business


"Great teaching cannot be accomplished without first taking great responsibility in the classroom."

Congratulations to Betul Orcan-Ekmekci, an associate teaching professor in mathematics and Rice University’s 2024 recipient of the George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching. She believes it’s also important to enter the classroom with curiosity to learn about your students and adapt your teaching strategies. https://bit.ly/4dYTAeD


Rice's School of Social Sciences is committed to connecting teaching and research with policy for the betterment of society. They work to shape a future where we can all thrive, both individually and collectively.

Linguist Robert Englebretson and psychologist Simon Fischer-Baum are working to understand how instructors of visually impaired students perceive and teach Braille, and how this affects literacy outcomes among Braille learners. https://bit.ly/3wPQGIs


On Oct. 4, 2023, Rice alumnus Louis Brus ’65 was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery and development of “quantum dots,” nanosized particles with unique properties “that now spread their light from television screens and LED lamps,” according to a Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announcement. The Swedish Academy highlighted Brus’ role as “the first scientist in the world to prove size-dependent quantum effects in particles floating freely in a fluid.”

Illustration: Adam Cruft. https://bit.ly/4avQXhr

Photos from Rice University's post 05/25/2024

Graduation may have passed, but the memories and achievements are timeless. 🎓


Last year, a summer undergraduate research fellowship at Rice University enabled Callum Flemister ’26 to further their interest in engineering. “I want to go into environmental engineering with a mechanical engineering background and focus on power production and conservation,” Flemister says. Sponsored by Rice’s Office of Undergraduate Research, the summer fellowships help students participate in research or design work. https://bit.ly/4bU8Fwp


Recent graduate Andrew Linhart shares how Rice was always the place for him. Linhart kept busy as a mechanical engineering and prelaw major as well as a member of the MOB and the Apollos, which is Rice’s all-male a ca****la group. He also recently completed a scale model of Rice in Lego nanoblocks, now on view in the Welcome Center in Sewall Hall. As Linhart says, “You’re only limited by your own imagination!”


“The brain is endlessly fascinating and unfathomably complex, and the range of expertise we are able to bring together as part of the Neuroengineering Initiative allows us to examine and understand that complexity in ways that we simply couldn’t do working apart, each in our own disciplinary siloes,” says Behnaam Aazhang, director. The Rice Neuroengineering Initiative is home to groundbreaking research among faculty, graduate students and undergraduates in biosciences and engineering. https://bit.ly/44OnVse

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As the founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Brock Wagner '87 shares how the journey began from his dorm room at Love...
Exciting news: Rice’s limited-edition Sammy socks have dropped! 🧦 Make a gift of $35 or more to the Rice Annual Fund, or...
Jones School of Business celebrates inaugural class of undergraduate business majors
Recent graduate Andrew Linhart shares how Rice was always the place for him. Linhart kept busy as a mechanical engineeri...
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"If there's anything that I would like for my legacy to be, it is for the different cultures  of humankind to get to kno...
The Class of 2024 is a community of curious thinkers, passionate dreamers and energetic doers. We can’t wait to see all ...
Triple Owl Felix Wu '19 shares his inspirational journey of achieving his long-awaited PH.D. while living with muscular ...
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Cell biology and genetics major Trinity Eimer shares how her Rice experience was like no other, including interdisciplin...
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