Life as a CEE Undergraduate
Being a student in Civil and Environmental Engineering is much more than studying and attending class. The department is proud to offer opportunities for development beyond the classroom which can include honor societies, new and challenging internships, international study or exchanges, participating in new research and lunches with the Dean. The following are ways undergraduate students in CEE enhance their experice at Rice.
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.
The Rice University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is a student-run organization dedicated to collaboration with communities in the developing world aimed at providing sustainable and culturally appropriate engineering solutions that improve quality of life without harming society or 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.
Through promoting education and awareness, advocating sustainable development, and initiating environmental programming on campus, Rice Environmental Club seeks to establish Rice University as an environmentally positive example for the benefit of the University itself, the greater Texas community, and the world at large. The group promotes the "The Green Dorm Initiative" (GDI) where club memebers encourage Rice undergraduate students to adopt sustainable lifestyles in their dorm. A comprehensive list of requirements and point tallying system will suggest ways to be green, and form the basis for judging which dorms get certified and receive prizes.
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society, founded at Lehigh University in 1885 to mark in a fitting manner those who have conferred honor upon their Alma Mater by distinguished scholarship and exemplary character as students in engineering, or by their attainments as alumni in the field of engineering, and to foster a spirit of liberal culture in engineering colleges. There are now collegiate chapters at 236 US colleges and universities, active alumnus chapters in 16 districts across the country, and a total initiated membership of 517,291.