2011 Highlights

2011 - Field Trip 1
Field trip to underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

Who   40 juniors and seniors from Houston high schools
Chinquapin   Harmony Science   KIPP
Reagan   Sam Houston   Wheatley
Yates   YES Prep (North Central, Southeast, & Southwest
What   First-hand exposure to the fundamentals of finance, energy, and the world of business
When   June 10 – 24 (weekdays), 9am – 4:30pm
June 25 (Saturday), 11am – 2:30pm
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.

For More Information, contact RSBI Director Jill Foote (jfoote@rice.edu, 713.348.3146) or RSBI Manager Nolan Waugh (nolan@rice.edu, 713-348-3166)

Guest Speakers

Students enjoy the expertise and insights of Rice University and Jones School faculty and alumni:

  • Jones School Dean Bill Glick
  • Professor Blair Garrou - Entrepreneurship / Venture Capital "Pitch" Competition
  • Professor Kim Kehoe - Leadership
  • Professors Rick Schell & David Tobin - Intro to Business / Professional Communications
  • Professor Barbara Ostdiek - Financial Markets and the Free Market Model
  • Professor Amit Pazgal - Marketing / Brand Management
  • Professor Doug Schuler - Business Ethics Case Study
  • Professor Tom Stallings - Sports Management Case Study

Field Trips / Sponsor Presentations
Students explore the business world firsthand with trips to our underwriter and corporate sponsors:

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities, hosted by Nicola Harris
  • ConocoPhillips, hosted by Barbara Rodgers and Fran Vallejo (Rice MBA '96)
  • The Houston Texans, front office hosted Zac Emmons and Charles Hampton (Rice '09)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch), hosted by Susan Kizer

And through presentations by corporate sponsors:

  • Jim Hackett, CEO of Anadarko Petroleum - Ethical Leadership
  • James Sivco, Director of Salient Partners - Stock Analysis and Research

Field Trip Photos:


2011 - Field Trip 1
Field trip to underwriter Bank of America Merrill Lynch 

2011 - Field Trip 2
Field trip to sponsor ConocoPhillips 

2011 - Field Trip 3
Field trip to sponsor Houston Texans 


Students receive nuts-and-bolts assistance on planning for college and careers:

  • Rice Office of Admissions - Langston Ross on College Admissions Process
  • Jones School Career Management - Marie Bergeron and Yolander Albert on Resumes, Cover Letters & Business Careers
  • Jones School Office of Student Services - Asst. Dean Sean Ferguson (Rice MBA '01) on the Rice MBA

Hands-on Learning
Students dive into the curriculum with hands-on exercises focusing 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
  • Calculator exercises on the time value of money and compound interest rates
  • Stock market simulation in the Jones School's El Paso Finance Center - Nolan Waugh (Rice '04, '11)
  • Introduction to Consulting - Mark Cory (RSBI Instructor '05, '06), Protiviti
  • Communications exercises - PowerPoint, making presentations, networking, effective email

Team Business Analysis / End-of-Institute Awards Luncheon
During the final few days of the Institute, cross-school teams conduct an in-depth business analysis. The Institute culminates with team presentations on this analysis, followed by the celebratory Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, attended by family and friends.

2011 Instruction Team
Students benefit from a program planned and executed by an experienced team of Jones School faculty, staff, and RSBI alumni:

  • Executive Director - Professor Jill Foote (Rice ‘87)
  • Internal Director, Instructor - Professor Rick Schell (Rice '75, '76)
  • External Director, Instructor - Professor David Tobin
  • Institute Manager, Instructor - Finance Center Associate Director Nolan Waugh (Rice '04, '11)
  • Teaching Assistants - Djenaba Aswad (Harmony '11) and Christopher Flix (Yates '11)

2011 - Underwriter 

2011 Corporate Sponsors

2011 - Sponsors 

2011 Designated Gifts

2011 - Gifts