Being a CEE student 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 CEE student leadership. For a broader list of options, please visit the Rice Student Activities website
CEE Student Experience
Clubs & Opportunities
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.
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.
AY 19-20 Leadership:
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.
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. Through these projects, Rice-EWB encourages the development of socially and environmentally conscious engineers with outstanding leadership skills and practical, hands-on, international engineering experience. BA students, with their flexible curriculum, are encouraged to participate. This exciting endeavor allows undergraduates to have an experience in a developing country, where they are able to design and build a project to help society. Students have been attracted to the EWB program in large numbers and our local chapter is one of the most successful in the United States. Some CEE courses are EWB-related, providing the opportunity to obtain credit hours.
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. The Envi Club has many projects to get involved in, and they always welcome new members and ideas!
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 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.