Rice Summer Business InstitutePrimary tabs
Who   38 rising juniors and seniors from Houston high schools- Chavez, Chinquapin, Harmony, Madison, KIPP, Reagan, Sam Houston, Sharpstown, Westbury, Yates, YES Prep, YWCPA
What   First-hand exposure to the fundamentals of finance, energy, and the world of business
When   June 10 – 24, 2016 (weekdays), 9am – 4pm | June 25, 2015 (Saturday), 11am – 2pm
Where   Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business - McNair Hall

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.


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

  • Jones School Dean Peter Rodriguez – Diversity and Optimal Solutions
  • Professor Morgan Grace – Giving Team Presentations
  • Professor Clark Haptonstall – Sports Management
  • Professor Kim Kehoe – Leadership
  • Jones School Senior Associate Dean Barbara Ostdiek – Production Function
  • Professor Beth O’Sullivan – Professional Networking
  • Professor Amit Pazgal – Marketing
  • Professor Rick Schell – Introduction to Business
  • Professor Larry Stuart – Defining You
  • Professor James Weston – The Financial Markets and the Free Market Model

Field Trips / Corporate Sponsors
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 Gilda McClanahan and Fran Vallejo (Rice MBA ’96)
  • The Houston Texans front office hosted by Bonny Marshall and Jamie Rootes
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (at Houston) hosted by Frank Guerra

Students gain further understanding of the business world with a conversation from a former RSBI student

  • Students of Strength – Rahsaan King – The Young Entrepreneur

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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 El Paso Corp. Finance Center – James Lenz (Rice MBA ’07)
  • Building Your Social Network – Liana Lopez
  • 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 Career Development Marie Bergeron – Resume Writing
  • Rice University Assistant Director of Admissions Brandon Mack – College Tips
  • Jones School Director of Employer Relations Yolander Albert Smith – Career Paths
  • Financial Aid – Sara Brooks

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 2016 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 Sara Brooks and James Lenz (Rice MBA ’07)
  • Teaching Assistants Leslie Hernandez (Reagan ‘15) and Dylan Smail (Harmony Science ‘15)