The Graduate Student Association is involved with various outreach
and community service programs, both on campus and in the greater
Houston area. By working with service organizations on campus, we strive
to get graduate students and undergraduates working together to make a
difference. For more information on community service and outreach, you can also visit:
Community Service Committee
Center for Civic Engagement
If you are interested in volunteering or in serving on the Community
Service Committee please contact the GSA Community Service Chair, Emily
Day. Additionally, please contact Emily or the GSA Secretary if you
would like to make an announcement about a service opportunity
Activities available through GSA or other organizations include:
Loan ClosetStudent Engineers Educating Kids (SEEK)Habitat for HumanityRice Student Volunteers ProgramCBEN Student Leadership Council
More opportunities can be found through the Community Involvement Center
Funding available for graduate student service projects:
GSA has allocated funds to provide organizations/students with ideas
for service activities. All Rice graduate students, undergraduate
students, faculty, staff and campus organization may submit proposals
for funding. To receive funding, events must be open to participation by
graduate students. The maximum value of any award will be five hundred
dollars ($500) and the number of awards will be left to the discretion
of the Community Service Committee. Please contact the Community Service
Chair if you would like more information.
Proposal submission and review process:
1. Submit proposal to the Community Service Committee via the online form.
2. Answer questions/concerns from the Community Service Committee.
3. Community Service Committee will notify the applicant of grant approval/denial within one month of the application.
4. Upon approval, funding will be provided on a reimbursement basis pending GSA receive the following:
a) A post-event evaluation to be reviewed by the Community Service
b) Original receipts and invoices for services/fees paid.
Valhalla started 40 years ago as a place for graduate students to
hang out, relax and socialize after a long day of school/work. We are
staffed by graduate students and alumni volunteers. Four decades later,
not much has changed. If you'd like to check out events at Valhalla, please visit the Valhalla website.
This is a call to sports. Many grad students are unaware that there
is a President's Cup awarded to the college that excels in Intramural
sports. With your help, the GSA can contend for this award, so come out
For information about Intramural or College sports, please visit Intramural Sports.
Beer Bike is a combination intramural bicycle race and drinking (chugging) dating back to 1957. Ten riders and ten chuggers make up a team. To find out more about this historic event, visit the Rice Program Council Beer Bike website.
Events around Houston
In a city as large and diverse as Houston, there is always plenty to see and do. Check out Passport to Houston to get information on things to do, places to eat, and what to see.