The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) chapter at Rice University serves to promote the increase of biomedical knowledge and its utilization. The society seeks to introduce students to the profession of biomedical engineering and the roles and obligations of the professional biomedical engineer, while providing an environment for social interaction and exchange of ideas between all levels of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. The BMES chapter at Rice is dedicated to unifying the broad interests of bioengineers, to channel their energies into looking to the future of biomedical engineering.
The Rice University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is a student-run organization dedicated to collaboration with communities in the developing world aimed at providing sustainable and culturally appropriate engineering solutions that improve quality of life without harming society or environment while forming strong intercultural relationships and understanding. Through these projects, Rice-EWB encourages the development of socially and environmentally conscious engineers with outstanding leadership skills and practical, hands-on, international engineering experience.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a national, non-profit educational service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education. The SWE at Rice hosts several events throughout the year and offers information about jobs, scholarships, mentor programs, and involvement in the community. The Bioengineering Department offers funding to attend the SWE annual conference to junior and senior students interested in pursuing a career in industry. Applications are released during the summer via the BIOE listserv.
The Rice University student chapter of The Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) was founded in 1989; and in 1997, the organization decided to join the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The organization seeks to increase the number of Hispanic science and engineering students, develop and participate in programs with industry and the university, and provide a forum for the exchange of information pertinent to Hispanic engineering or science students at Rice. As a result of their efforts, the organization was named Chapter of the Year for Region V (2007-2008). Region V includes the 20 chapters of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
The Student Association at Rice exists to: