Student Life

Being a civil and environmental undergraduate student at Rice University is much more than studying and attending class. There are many opportunities for development beyond the classroom, including involvement with honor societies, enriching and challenging internships, international study, undergraduate research and lunches with the Dean.

The list below includes clubs with CEE faculty advisers or student leadership. For a broader list of ways to get involved, visit Rice Engineering Student Clubs.

Clubs & Opportunities

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) promotes civil engineering as a course of study and ultimately a profession to the students of Rice University. We sponsor a spring career fair, outreach and social events, and club meetings where students can learn about possible employers and relevant topics in engineering today. Additionally, we participate in national ASCE competitions like Concrete Canoe and the Mead Student Paper, as well as regional and national conferences.

Leadership 2020-21

President: Amy Jiang
EVice President: David King
IVice President: Henry Ulrich
Secretary/Treasurer: John Cook

Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon is the Civil Engineering Honor Society. It serves to recognize students of high scholarship, character, practicality, and sociability. Students are inducted into the society once or twice annually and are selected from the pool of upper division level civil engineering students. (Rice chapter: 1995). Chi Epsilon is dedicated to maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. Chi Epsilon was formed to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in the civil engineering student.

2020-21 Leadership

President: Katie DeSpain
Vice President: Hazel Scott
Treasurer: Robin MacDonald
Secretary: Kaede Gordon
Marshall: Maddie Forbes
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Cohan

Concrete Canoe

Rice Concrete Canoe is a student-run club that creates a functional concrete canoe to race and present at the yearly ASCE sponsored competition. Members gain engineering experience through the research, planning and constructing of a concrete canoe during the course of the academic year. By offering members exposure to the engineering design process, small-group work, software such as Matlab and Adobe Illustrator, and laser cutters, Concrete Canoe offers a unique experience to students regardless of whether or not they want to become engineers. 

Engineers Without Borders

The Rice University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a student-run organization dedicated to collaboration with communities in the developing world. They aim to provide sustainable and culturally appropriate engineering solutions that improve quality of life without harming society or the environment while forming strong intercultural relationships and understanding.

Leadership 2020-21

President: Steven Kochvar
Internal Vice President: Dora Huang
External Vice President: Hoang-Anh Vu
Nica 1 Project Lead: Leon Urdahl
Nica 1 Project Lead: David King
Nica 3 Project Lead: Matan Lieber-Katz
Nica 3 Project Lead: David Karngba

Rice Environmental Club

The Rice Environmental Club (Envi Club) seeks to establish Rice as an environmentally progressive university by promoting environmental education and activism as well as emphasizing environmental justice and social sustainability. Envi Club has an established presence on both Rice’s campus as well as in the greater Houston community and is responsible for a number of sustainability initiatives, ranging from awareness campaigns to environmental film screenings.

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers aims to empower women to pursue and achieve their full 
potential in science and engineering related fields. We provide opportunities in professional 
development, academic and post-graduate planning, community outreach, and social events.

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi is the oldest engineering honor society in the United States that recognizes students who have shown a history of academic achievement as well as a commitment to personal and professional integrity.