Field trip to underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Underwriter Logo


Who   37 rising juniors and seniors from Houston high schools- Chinquapin, Davis, Harmony Science, KIPP, Reagan, Sam Houston, Wheatley, Yates, YES Prep
What   First-hand exposure to the fundamentals of finance, energy, and the world of business
When   June 6 – 20, 2014 (weekdays), 9am – 4pm | June 21, 2014 (Saturday), 11am – 2pm
Where   Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business - McNair Hall

Primary Goals  

  • Introduce a group of ambitious high-school students from low and moderate income communities to the world of business, broadening their expectations of career paths that are possible for them.
  • Sow seeds for developing diverse business leaders for Houston’s future.

Guest Speakers
Students have access to the expertise and insights of Rice University and Jones School faculty:

  • Jones School Dean Bill Glick
  • Professor Clark Haptonstall – Sports Management
  • Professor Kim Kehoe – Leadership
  • Professor Barbara Ostdiek – The Financial Markets and the Free Market Model
  • Professor Amit Pazgal – Marketing
  • Professor Doug Schuler – Business Ethics Case Study

Field Trips
Students explore the business world first hand with trips to our underwriter and corporate sponsors:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities hosted by Dennis Albrecht and Molly Roberts
  • ConocoPhillips hosted by Barbara Rodgers and Fran Vallejo (Rice MBA ’96)
  • The Houston Texans front office hosted by Charles Hampton (Rice ’09)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (at Houston) hosted by Susan Kizer

Corporate Sponsor
Students gain a further understanding of the business world through corporate sponsor presentations:

  • Salient Partners – James Sivco – Equity Analysis
  • Stuart PC – Larry Stuart

Field Trip Photos:

Field trip to underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Field trip to sponsor ConocoPhillips

Field trip to sponsor Houston Texans

Field trip to Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (at Houston)

Hands-on Learning, College and Career Presentations

  • Students dive into learning with exercises on tools, business communications, and real world cases:
  • Team-building exercises including a fun competition to drop an egg from the second story of McNair Hall
  • Communications exercises – PowerPoint, making presentations, networking
  • Stock market simulation in the Jones School’s El Paso Corp. Finance Center; Calculator exercises on the time value of money – James Lenz (Rice MBA ’07)
  • Negotiations – Mark Cory – American Sugar Refining
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital ‘Pitch’ Competition – Jeff Reichman – January Advisors

Students also receive nuts and bolts assistance on planning for college and careers

  • Jones School Director of Admissions for Executive MBAs Marie Bergeron – Resume Writing
  • Rice University Assistant Director of Admissions Brandon Mack – College Tips
  • Jones School Associate Director of Employee Relations Yolander Albert – Career Paths

Team Stock Analysis / End-of-Institute Awards Luncheon
During the final few days of the Institute, cross-school teams conduct an in-depth analysis of a retail stock. The Institute culminates with team presentations followed by an Awards Ceremony / Luncheon.

The 2014 Instruction Team
Students benefit from a program planned and executed by an experienced team of Jones School faculty:

  • Professors Jill Foote (Rice ’87), Morgan Grace, Beth O’Sullivan, and Rick Schell (Rice ’75, ‘76)
  • Rice Staff Members Sara Brooks and James Lenz (Rice MBA ’07)
  • Teaching Assistants Dania Higueron (Sam Houston ‘14) and Cristian Izquierdo (YES Prep - NC ‘14)
RSBI Sponsors 2014