2018 Institute Highlights

Who   40 rising juniors and seniors from Houston high schools- Chinquapin, Harmony, Heights (formerly Reagan), KIPP, Northside (formerly Davis), Sharpstown, Westbury, Wheatley, Wisdom (formerly Lee), Yates, YES Prep, and others
What   First-hand exposure to the fundamentals of finance, energy, and the world of business
When June 8 – 22, 2018 (weekdays), 8:45am – 4:15pm | June 23, 2018 (Saturday), 10:45am – 1:30pm
Where   Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business - McNair Hall
Rice Summer Business Institute
RSBI 2018 Students

Primary Goals

  • Interest 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

2018 Program Highlights

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

  • Jones School Dean Peter Rodriguez
  • Jones School Senior Associate Dean Barbara Ostdiek
  • Professor Jill Foote – Stock Analysis
  • Professor Gustavo Grullon – The Financial Markets and the Free Market Model
  • Professor Jerlyn Mardis – Power Point Workshops
  • Professor Amit Pazgal – Marketing
  • Professor Rick Schell – Giving Individual and Team Presentations Workshops
  • Professor Doug Schuler - Ethics
  • Professor Tom Stallings – Sports Management

Field Trips / Interaction with Corporate Sponsors and Alumni
Students explore the business world first hand with trips to our underwriter and corporate sponsors

  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch Commodities hosted by Kent Chenevert
  • ConocoPhillips hosted by Pam Chambers
  • The Houston Texans front office
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (at Houston) hosted by Frank Guerra, James Colunga, and Susan Kizer

RSBI 18 also features two networking luncheons—one with corporate sponsors and Jones School MBA alumni and another with RSBI alumni

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 2nd story of McNair Hall
  • Communications exercises – Art of introductions, PowerPoint, giving presentations
  • Stock market simulation in the El Paso Corp. Finance Center – James Lenz (Rice MBA ’07)
  • Personal Brand – Edgar Vargas (Rice MBA ’15) – Ernst & Young          
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital ‘Pitch’ Competition – Jeff Reichman – January Advisors
  • The Young Entrepreneur – Rahsaan King – Students of Strength
  • The Importance of Diversity – Lina Bell – Rice Business Diversity & Inclusion

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

  • College Tips – Brandon Mack – Rice University Admissions
  • Networking – Marie Bergeron – Jones School Career Development
  • Using Social Media and LinkedIn Profiles – Ashley Daniel & Alexandra Constantinou – Rice Marketing

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.



Bank of America        Conoco Phillips




The Robert and Janice  McNair Foundation





HEB                  Phillips 66