Annual Affiliate Opportunities

Rice University’s schools, institutes, and programs offer a variety of corporate affiliate and sponsorship opportunities, which are described below.  You may find more information, such as the benefits of each opportunity, by following the hyperlinks or contacting Leah Aschmann, Associate Director, Corporate Relations.

Baker Institute Corporate Roundtable: Members of the Corporate Roundtable are invited to exclusive member-only events and activities with national and international leaders and dignitaries at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Brine Chemistry Consortium: The Brine Chemistry Consortium performs research, testing, education and technology in an effort to solve problems related to brine production and disposal in the oil and gas industry.

Career & Internship Expo: Hosted by the Center for Career Development and the Jones School’s Career Management Center each spring and fall, the Career & Internship Expo allow students and alumni to network with companies about employment, internship, and externship opportunities.  Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.

Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES) Associates: CoFES is dedicated to the quantitative study of financial markets and their ultimate impact on society through integration of probabilistic and statistical modeling for complex, multidisciplinary investigations.  CoFES Associates are engaged through events and joint research topics.

Center for Energy Studies (CES) Energy Forum: The Energy Forum provides an opportunity for members to be involved in CES energy research and energy policy events and to meet personally with distinguished statesmen and industry leaders who shape the energy world today.

Computational and Applied Mathematics Affiliates Program: This affiliates program facilitates new mathematical and computational technology transfer through sponsored research, consulting, and student internships.  Industrial scientists and engineers, in turn, provide inspiration for new research projects, PhD thesis topics, and curriculum reform.

Consortium on Petroleum Thermodynamics & Flow Assurance: The Consortium is a forum of oil companies for exchanging ideas, proposing problems and learning about the state-of-the-art technologies and tools in the area of petroleum thermodynamics and flow assurance.

Consortium on Processes in Porous Media: The Consortium is a group of Rice faculty, staff, and students engaged with industry partners and various academic researchers in collaborative research related to chemical EOR, core analysis, NMR characterization, and carbon capture.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Affiliates Program: The ECE Affiliates Program provides extraordinary opportunities to establish and renew connections to engineering professionals, technical experts, and business associates.  Members benefit from involvement with ECE faculty researchers who are addressing new directions in engineering research.

Friends of Fondren: Friends of Fondren members help enhance the Fondren Library’s collections and fulfill its ongoing need for resources and services.

Geo-Mathematical Imaging Group (GMIG): GMIG aims to advance the understanding of our planet's interior through seismic imaging and inverse problems all while controlling and reducing computational costs.

Graduate Seminar Series in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering: This seminar series offers students, faculty, alumni, and the wider Rice Community broad exposure to cutting edge research being performed throughout the country and beyond.

Health Policy Forum: The Health Policy Forum offers a unique setting for medical and policy professionals to discuss issues of growing concern and provides objective analysis of reform proposals.

Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposia (IRESS) Sponsorship: IRESS is an annual, two-day series of symposia that brings together the shared interests of the energy industry and academia in Earth Science research.

Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB) Sponsor: IBB sponsorship opportunities range from launching new initiatives for interdisciplinary groups at the forefront of biosciences and bioengineering, to enabling undergraduate and K-12 student participation in cutting-edge research projects.

IBB Girls STEM Initiative: This program aims to create impactful mentoring experiences for underserved female Houston high school students, to address the educational and cultural barriers that might deter students from the pursuit of a career in STEM, and to empower these cohorts to commit to educational change for their communities through their leadership, excitement, and example.

Jones Partners Corporate Membership: The Jones Partners is a committed group of business professionals working to open doors, increase collaboration, and enhance thought leadership between the Jones School and the Houston business community. 

Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology (K2I) Corporate Sponsorship: K2I has a long history of bringing together Rice researchers and corporate sponsors to work toward specific research goals. Corporate sponsors also have aided K2I in acquiring computational equipment, supported students for summer research, and helped to fund lecture series and other community building activities.

Kinder Institute for Urban Research Corporate Partners: The Kinder Institute is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sunbelt, and around the world, and is home to the annual Houston Area Survey.

Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center: NEWT applies nanotechnology to develop transformative and off-grid water treatment systems that both protect human lives and support sustainable economic development.

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen Corporate Partners: The OEDK’s annual partnerships afford companies unparalleled opportunities to meet and recruit the best and brightest engineering students at Rice.

Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program Sponsorship: The PSM degree tracks combine interdisciplinary curriculum with business training and hands-on experience, enabling graduates to acquire a new "tool-set" for success in a business environment.  The program has several opportunities for corporate engagement.

Rice Alliance Corporate Membership: The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship is a nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology, commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies.  Members benefit from access to exciting new businesses and technologies in the areas of life science, energy and clean technology, and information technology.

Rice Alliance Sponsorship: Support from the community is essential to enable the Rice Alliance to continue to assist early stage technology companies and support our technology entrepreneurship programs.

Rice Athletics Corporate Sponsorship: Sponsors of Rice Athletics benefit from numerous opportunities including media advertising, signage, promotions, and tickets.

Rice Business Plan Competition Sponsor: The Rice Alliance’s Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition with teams competing for more than $1 million.  Sponsors benefit from networking with 40+ teams from all over the world, business leaders, and successful entrepreneurs.

Rice Design Alliance Corporate Membership: Through lectures, tours, publications, competitions, and programs, the Rice Design Alliance brings together people from a variety of professions and interests and focuses resources on design issues that shape our city.

Rice Energy Finance Summit (REFS) Sponsorship: This conference was created to promote forward-looking discussions on the most pertinent energy issues and facilitate valuable relationships through the exchange of knowledge and ideas by corporations and industry leaders.

Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum (RGF): The RGF is the only organization focused solely on the discussion and study of problems and opportunities facing the contracting side of the E & C industry through an Annual Forum and monthly roundtable meetings.

Rice Office of STEM Engagement (R-STEM) Community Partners: R-STEM is a single point of contact for all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related outreach and education efforts at Rice.  It promotes STEM awareness by supporting Rice faculty and students, as well as K-12 educators, who are developing STEM-related educational outreach programs.

Rice Oil & Gas HPC Conference: This annual conference is the premier meeting place for networking and discussion focused on computing and information technology challenges and needs in the oil and gas industry.

SpaceCOM Corporate Partners: SpaceCOM is the Rice Space Institute’s (RSI) community of members.  RSI is committed to promoting and participating in the exploration of space by fostering interdisciplinary research and education in collaboration with academic, business, industry and government partners.  SpaceCOM allows corporate partners to participate directly in this vision.

The Rice Inversion Project (TRIP): TRIP applies the best of contemporary mathematical and computational technology to address the needs of the seismic data processing industry.  Industry sponsors have exclusive access to prepublication copies of all technical reports and TRIP software.