Rice University is home to more than 300 clubs, and many of these organizations bring together students focusing on engineering, science and technology. These clubs provide students with leadership experience, social networking opportunities and career preparation.
See a club that interests you? Check out its website to learn more or visit the Rice University Student Center to browse all the organizations on campus!
List of Clubs
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
The Rice Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Rice Chapter (AIChE) promotes excellence in chemical engineering education by enhancing the lifelong career development of chemical engineers through services and networking and by stimulating collaborative efforts among industry professionals, current students, alumni and professional societies.
American Society of Civil Engineers
The Rice chapter of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) promotes excellence in chemical engineering education by enhancing the lifelong career development of chemical engineers through services and networking and by stimulating collaborative efforts among industry professionals, current students, alumni, and professional societies.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
The goals of Rice American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) are to increase communication and develop relationships between students, faculty, and professional engineers in industry, work with industry partners and academic institutions to help identify career opportunities, and promote interest in engineering in both the Rice and local Houston communities.
Biomedical Engineering Society
Rice Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) is a professional, academic, and social club for students interested in biomedical engineering. We build the bioengineering community at Rice, provide guidance and resources, and connect students to bioengineers in industry, medicine, and academia.
CSters: Women in Computing
The mission of CSters: Women in Computing is to encourage and empower women interested in computer science. We host networking and bonding events and sponsor people to attend conferences.
Design for America
Design for America-Rice University is an award-winning, national nonprofit that is dedicated to creating positive social change at the local level. Rice's specific chapter works with the Houston community. Each semester, members work in interdisciplinary teams of 3-5 other students on a collaborative project with a Houston organization to make our city a more sustainable, accessible, and equitable place.
The goal of DREAM is Achievement Through Mentorship, they strives to increase the number of underrepresented minority students and women earning undergraduate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields through team-based, high school mentoring.
Engineers Without Borders
Rice Engineers Without Borders (EWB) helps future engineers develop leadership, empathy, and experience by partnering with Nicaraguan communities on high-impact engineering projects.
FIRST at Rice
FIRST at Rice is an outlet for alumni of FIRST Robotics to give back to the FIRST organization. We mentor local FLL, FTC, and FRC teams in all aspects of their competitions, volunteer at local tournaments, specifically the World Championship in downtown Houston, and garner funding from local business and industry to support these activities.
Using engineering skills and techniques, Rice University GoBabyGo (GoBabyGo) modifies Power Wheels cars, allowing children independent mobility for potentially the first time in their lives. We modify the electrical system of the cars and generate mechanical upgrades for the exterior, thus providing therapeutic benefits for the vehicles.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
The Rice chapter of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a student organization dedicated to connecting ECE students to exciting opportunities and resources at Rice and beyond. Our goal is to help prepare ECE majors for life “beyond the hedges.” In addition, Rice IEEE works to foster a strong community of students, faculty, and professionals.
Material Science and Nanoengineering Undergraduate Society
The Rice Materials Science and Nanoengineering Undergraduate Society works to provide all undergraduate Rice students interested in Materials Science and Nanoengineering with academic, professional, and social resources.
National Society of Black Engineers
Rice University's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers works to provide academic and professional development for Black engineers on campus. We partner with companies and various departments on-campus to ensure students feel supported in all ways throughout their undergraduate career, while also sponsoring students to attend conferences where they can participate in career fairs and professional development workshops.
Out of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Out of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) is an undergraduate organization focusing on the professional and interpersonal development of LGBTQ students in STEM.
Rice Computer Science Club
Rice Computer Science Club (RiceCS) is an organization dedicated to providing Rice students with a tight-knit community of friends and mentors to promote and advocate computer science and working with tech. We also provide many professional resources for members including company-sponsored informational and networking events, resume review and algorithm challenge sessions, study breaks, social outings, and tech workshops.
Rice Data Science
Rice Data Science (RDS) are an undergraduate community centered around building a data science community where we give our members the skills, connections, and support they need to pursue data science as either an interest or professionally.
Rice Robotics Club
The mission of the Rice Robotics Club is to provide college students the opportunity to have hands-on experience with technology and engineering, regardless of major or year. Mentors encourage students to develop innovative solutions as they learn the skills necessary to work in teams and to approach challenges. We also help those in the greater robotics community achieve success and promote STEM education through mentorship and volunteerism in local elementary, middle, and high schools.
Rice Eclipse Rocketry Team
Rice Eclipse is Rice University's student rocketry team. We design, develop, test, and fly launch vehicles, rocket engines, and the associated avionics hardware and software for the annual intercollegiate Spaceport America Cup rocketry competition. We provide Rice students with hands-on design experiences to build their skills as leaders and as professionals in an aerospace context. Eclipse is open to any student regardless of major or experience level.
Rice Electric Vehicle Team
Undergraduates who are part of the Rice Electric Vehicle Team participate in a large-scale, multidisciplinary design project, enabling them to gain hands-on experience in topics outside their major and work alongside students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
The Hyperloop design could change the way that people and goods are moved around the world. SpaceX’s Hyperloop Pod Competition challenges students from across the globe to create the fastest hyperloop pod without crashing. These pods race inside SpaceX’s 5,000 ft Hyperloop Tube, in which the air pressure has been reduced to about 0.1% of atmospheric pressure.
ShELECs is an organization on campus for supporting Rice University undergraduate women and gender minorities in Electrical and Computer Engineering. We empower female and nonbinary ELECs through community, networking, and mentorship.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The mission of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is to provide career exposure and professional opportunities to the Hispanic STEM community at Rice University, and to foster an inclusive and supportive environment for our Familia to thrive.
Society for Petroleum Engineers
The mission of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) is to collect, disseminate, and exchange technical knowledge concerning the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas resources and related technologies for the public benefit; and to provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their technical and professional competence.
Society of Women Engineers
At Rice Society of Women Engineers, We foster women's growth in engineering by connecting female engineering students to internships, jobs and research opportunities, bond members through internal social activities and expand the impact beyond the community through multiple outreach activities. Our goal is to empower women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.
Students for the Exploration & Development of Space and Society of Women in Space Exploration
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS Rice) & the Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE Rice) strive to empower undergraduate and graduate students to explore and engage in space disciplines both at Rice and abroad through hands-on aerospace projects, diverse and engaging lectures/events, and Symposiums. SEDS Rice is the official student branch of the Rice Space Institute and a chapter of the largest student space organization in the world, SEDS-USA.