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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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 experience at Rice.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Rice Chapter

ASCEASCE 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 

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Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. Chi Epsilon was organized 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

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. Through the year, members gain engineering experience through the research, planning and constructing of a concrete canoe. By offering members exposure to the engineering design process, small-group work, software such as Matlab and Adobe Illustrator (and possibly more starting this year), and laser cutters, Concrete Canoe offers a unique experience to students regardless of whether or not they want to become engineers. 

Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

EWB2The 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.  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 CEVE courses are EWB-related, providing the opportunity to also obtain credit hours.


Rice Environmental Club

Envi Club LogoThe 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. Envi Club has many projects to get involved in, and they always welcome new members and ideas!

Society of Women Engineers

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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 PiTau 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.