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Rice University Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) comprises degree seeking graduate students at Rice University. The GSA mission is to enrich the graduate student experience and to represent, support, and promote graduate student interests and values. An integral and essential part of the Rice community, the GSA provides programs and services aiding in recruitment and retention of graduate students, represents graduate student interests to the University administration, and builds a strong sense of community both on and off campus. For more information  about the GSA, including a listing of resources and a Guide to Grad Life at Rice University, visit the Graduate Student Association website at gsa.rice.edu.

Rice Society of Mechanical Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) promotes the art, science, and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. The Rice ASME branch works with employers to bring professional mechanical engineers to Rice to speak to undergraduates. ASME also organizes study breaks, trips, and activities for mechanical engineers at Rice.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at Rice University

The Rice University student chapter of The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) was founded in 1989; and in 1997, the organization decided to join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The organization seeks to increase the number of Hispanic science and engineering students, develop and participate in programs with industry and the university, and provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent to Hispanic engineering or science students at Rice. As a result of their efforts, the organization was named Chapter of the Year for Region V (2007-2008). Region V includes the 20 chapters of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at Rice University

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a national, non-profit educational service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education. The SWE at Rice hosts several events throughout the year and offers information about jobs, scholarships, mentor programs, and involvement in the community.


Office of International Students and Scholars

The mission of Rice University's Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide the best services and support possible for international visitors. For more information about the services and program please visit OISS  

Rice University Student Health

The Rice Student Health Services provides preventative and outpatient clinical care for the studetns of Rice University. Student Health is located on-campus and is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of Rice University students, with an emphasis on prevention. For more information, please visit Rice University Student Health.

Rice University Wellness Center

The Wellness Center is a clearinghouse for information and tools on a variety of student wellness issues. Their aim is to consistently and compassionately assist students in becoming actively involved in decisions about their health and well being. For more information about the services and information visit The Wellness Center.

Rice Counseling Center

The Rice Counseling Center is designed to complement the university's academic mission by assisting student's personal and educational development through a variety of psychological and psychiatric services. The goal of these efforts is to help students develop effective problem-solving and decision-making capabilities in order to make satisfying life choices, and maximize their capacity for continued emotional growth. For more information please visit the Rice Counseling Center.

Training Grants, Internships & Opportunities

Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF)

The LRF Graduate Fellows in Mechanical Engineering will be non-thesis professional master's degree seeking students with exemplary academic records from their undergraduate degree program. These students will be joining the workforce immediately upon concluding their two-year fellow appointment, and will bring outstanding computational and analytical skills to the workforce, coupled with a demonstrated capacity for project management and front-end engineering design. They will engage in activities with the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership and will be project members for undergradute capstone design teams. Two LRF Graduate Fellows will be selected to enter the program in each of the following academic years: AY 2012-13, AY 2013-14, and AY 2014-15. Fellows will receive a scholarship of £20,833 annually to cover tuition and required academic fees.

Prospective Professional Masters students in Mechanical Engineering should apply by February 1st of each academic year.
For more information, contact the Graduate Coordinator.

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship empowers outstanding young people pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences with the freedom to innovate and explore their genius in collaboration with leading professors in the field. For more details visit www.hertzfoundation.org

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2010, subject to the availability of funds. The DoD will offer these fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in many disciplines. For more details visit www.ndseg.asee.org 

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Opportunities

IGERT is the National Science Foundation's flagship interdisciplinary training program, educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers by building on the foundations of their disciplinary knowledge with interdisciplinary training. For further details visit www.igert.org