The School of Social Sciences Access and Opportunity Gift Fund

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The School of Social Sciences Access and Opportunity Gift Fund

When you give, Social Sciences students have the opportunity to thrive!

Interim Dean, Susan McIntosh, created the Social Sciences Access and Opportunity Gift Fund “to ensure that low-resourced students have access to the full range of course-based experiential and research opportunities provided by the school.”

Your gift, at any level, will allow us to achieve our goal of $50,000 during the 24HR Challenge!

The alumni leaders of the School of Social Sciences Advisory Board will contribute an additional $20,000 toward a challenge match!

-The Advisory Board will contribute $.50 for every $1.00 you give.

Undergraduate students apply their academic work outside of the classroom through:

Practica in consulting, finance and law where students collaborate with Houston organizations on projects such as researching the availability of diverse cultural programs in West Houston.

Fieldwork at the Rice Archaeological Field School in Africa and currently at the Varner-Hogg Plantation in the Houston area, where students are studying slave trade artifacts.

Research under faculty supervision for example the impacts of COVID on the November 2020 elections and as part of course-based study abroad to compare politics and policy.

Externships at major sport events, such as the Super Bowl to learn the business of the industry.

Internships with governmental and non-profit organizations to study policy.

Additional expenses and fees are often associated with the experiences. This fund affords low-resourced students with equal access to these experiences.

Graduate students benefit from support to present papers at professional conferences and to access software and data to enhance research. The School is developing an innovative program to increase fluency with the research process at the beginning of graduate training, promoting access to earlier and more productive engagement with research-based coursework. By leveling the field, we provide the best opportunity for all our graduate students to flourish, regardless of their level of prior engagement with the research process. The Dean can proactively address these opportunities with support from this fund.

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The 24-Hour Challenge is Rice University’s annual day of giving! On March 25, 2021, the Rice community will unite once again for a shared purpose — to put their support behind the extraordinary young Owls who persevere, the teachers who inspire and one brilliant community that seeks to build a better world. Gifts can be directed to a school, residential college, research initiative, student club or any area on campus that means the most to you.


To have 6,000 Rice alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff make a gift — of any size — to their favorite cause at Rice. With more than 90 causes to choose from and $600,000 in challenge funds on the line, support your passion at Rice and be part of a historic day of giving.