GSA 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Graduate Student Association was founded in 1969 and has grown and developed over the last 50 years. During Homecoming this year, we are celebrating and highlighting how far we have come as advocates and members of the Rice community in these past years. If you would like to donate, please visit our donation page for directions on how to donate directly to the event or to GSA in general.

Event Schedule

Thursday, October 31st
Opening Ceremony
Brockman 101

Opening ceremony featuring past GSA presidents and thanking our donors, community supporters and lecture series speakers. The reception will serve as an opportunity for networking between graduate students and alumni. Attire is business casual (leaning toward the casual). We want this event to be a comfortable environment for establishing connections between graduate students and alumni.

Friday, November 1st
Distinguished Graduate Alumni Lecture Series
Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren
8:30am – 12:00pm 

Breakfast and lecture series featuring Rice graduate alumni from different departments across the university. Breaks between each of the lectures will serve as networking opportunities between attending graduate students, alumni and the featured speakers. Dr. Shawn E Simmons, Dr. Laura Renée Chandler, and Kaori Matsui Barvin will be featured. Apply to attend the speaker lunch here.

Series Program

Graduate Student Picnic
Graduate Commons, Valhalla

Annual “More than a Sausagefest” Picnic hosted by Physics and Astronomy, Applied Physics, and Chemistry featuring the progress made in expanding the diversity of graduate programs that have historically been dominated by men.

Saturday, November 2nd
Homecoming Tailgate with HOOTS
Rice Stadium Parking Lot – Northeast Corner near Entrance 17
Come tailgate with us to support our Rice Football Team when they play Marshall. Admission is FREE and everyone is invited to this family-friendly tailgate. Food and drinks are included with your donation and 100% of the donations go towards scholarships for full-time students at Rice University, Trinity University, and Austin College who have parents employed in FE&P, H&D, Parking and Transportation and RUPD at Rice University.

Commitment to Sustainability

The GSA is committed to fostering a culture of sustainability at Rice. This requires participation from everyone to help make Rice a better place. Every action counts, such as: bringing your own water bottle and/or beer glass to GSA events; eating a more plant-forward diet to reduce the carbon impact of your food choices; choosing transportation options (e.g. bus, bike, carpool) that are better for the environment. Reduce your waste, Reuse what you can, and make sure to Recycle appropriately around campus and at home. To show our commitment to sustainability as a GSA, we made a conscious choice to reduce our postal carbon footprint by sending out our Save the Dates via email. This is one of the many ways sustainability will be a part of the GSA 50th Anniversary celebration. Please consider the environment before you print this page or the invite.

Committee Members

Charlotte Flatebo – Chair
Loah Stevens
Haopei Wang
Annie Crumbley
Thasneem Banu Frousnoon