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Welcome to Rice. Here, you will discover a place that is passionate about teaching, undergraduate research and leadership development. We are a diverse community and support a student body from all economic backgrounds.

Set in the heart of the nation's fourth-largest city, Rice is a comprehensive research university that fosters diversity and an intellectual environment that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

Consistently ranked among the best values in higher education, with a highly recognized and respected residential college system, Rice transforms outstanding students into global scholars who envision new possibilities and leave their imprint on the world.


Rice faculty member wins NSF CAREER award

Xaq Pitkow, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice, has received the Faculty Early Career Development Program award from the National Science Foundation. The award will be applied to Pitkow's research of theoretical neuroscience at Rice and Baylor College of Medicine, where he holds a dual appointment. NSF Career Awards are provided to faculty members who exemplify the role of scholar-teachers through excellence in integrating research and education.

Rice receives research grant to study "big data"

The National Science Foundation awarded Rice a $1.4 million grant to help fund the study of big data. The money wil be used to establish an interdisciplinary working team consisting of faculty, fellows, and students from both the Computer Science and Statistics departments. This new program will provide even more research opportunities and close mentorship within Rice's Data Science Initiative.

Houston named a "Big Game City" for sports fans

Where.com has featured Houston's many advantages as it prepares to host upcoming Super Bowl LI. The article discusses the abundance of professional and competitive college sports teams in the area, and the venues that reflect Houston's hospitality and success in athletics. Rice's role as a Houston powerhouse is mentioned multiple times throughout the article since J.F.K.'s Going to the Moon Speech was held in Rice Stadium, hosting SuperBowl VIII, and its ties to the NCAA Final Four this past year.

Former Watson Fellow Becky Wade '12 competes in U.S. Olympic Track Trials

Alumnus Becky Wade, '12 has spent the last few years training for the upcoming 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She qualified for Olympic Trials, and has been featured in a number of news articles because of her unusual trajectory. A recipient of Rice's Hardy Award, which recognizes the top female athlete, Wade also earned the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Award to conduct a year of research abroad. Wade chose to focus on the cultural dimensions of running, and her work was featured in article published by ESPN.

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