2008 Highlights

2008 - Field Trip 1
Field trip to underwriter Merrill Lynch 

Who   40 juniors and seniors from Houston high schools
Chinquapin   Davis   Harmony Science   HSPVA
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 (weekdays), 9am – 4pm
June 21 (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)

2008 - Field Trip 2 

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

  • Jones School Dean Bill Glick
  • Professor Gustavo Grullon – The Free Market Model
  • Professor Barbara Ostdiek – The Financial Markets
  • Professor Marc Epstein - Microfinance
  • Professor Andrew Perkins – Marketing / Brand Management
  • Professor Beth O’Sullivan – Professional Communications
  • Professor Margaret Cording – Business Ethics – Case Study
  • Professor Kim Kehoe – Leadership
  • Professor Blair Garrou – Entrepreneurship – Venture Capital Competition
  • Professor Jason Sosa – Sports Management

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

  • Merrill Lynch (Commodities and Private Client Group) hosted by JJ Thakkar
  • ConocoPhillips hosted by Barbara Rodgers and Fran Vallejo (JGSM '96)
  • Invesco Aim hosted by Karoline Carlson (JGSM '99)
  • The Houston Texans front office hosted Tony Wyllie (JGSM ’07)

Field Trip Photos:


2008 - Field Trip 1
Field trip to underwriter Merrill Lynch

2008 - Field Trip 2
Field trip to sponsor ConocoPhillips

2008 - Field Trip 3
Field trip to sponsor Invesco Aim

2008 - Field Trip 4
Field trip to Houston Texans  


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

  • Rice Office of Admissions – Mekiva Callahan – the college admissions process
  • JGSM Career Management – Director Deanna Fuehne – the world of business careers
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow – Andrea Hodge, Ronethea Williams, and Tamara Sherrod - tools and networking for future minority business leaders
  • JGSM Program Office – Assistant Dean Sean Ferguson (JGSM ’01) – the Rice MBA program

Hands-on Learning
Students dive into the curriculum with hands-on exercises focusing on tools, business communications, and real world cases. Merrill's "Investing Pays Off" (IPO) program is often used and is distributed to the students in its entirety.

  • 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 trading simulation in JGSM’s El Paso Corporation Finance Center - Nolan Waugh (Finance Center Manager, Rice ’03)
  • Business Negotiation - "The Apprentice" - Mark Cory (RSBI Instructor '05, '06) - Protiviti
  • Communications exercises – PowerPoint, making presentations, professional communications, resumes and cover letters, e-mailing

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 end-of-institute Awards Ceremony / Luncheon.

Institute Management / Instructional Team
Students benefit from a program planned and executed by an experienced team of Jones School faculty

  • Executive Director - Professor Barbara Ostdiek
  • Institute Director and Instructor - Professor Jill Foote (Rice ‘87)
  • Instructors - Professor Gale Wiley, Professor Rick Schell (Rice '75, '76)
  • Teaching Assistants - Leticia Câmara (Rice '10), Ashley Jones, Jose Perez
2008 Corporate Sponsors

2008 - Sponsors