Rice University

TMC Member Since 2003

Rice University is consistently ranked as one of America’s best academic and research universities. Its mission is to pursue pathbreaking research, provide unsurpassed teaching and, through that knowledge and discovery, contribute to the betterment of the world. In the fall of 2013, 67 percent of Rice undergraduates participated in research. About one-third of the seniors in the Class of 2013 said they planned to attend graduate school, and 29 percent of them intended to study medicine.

A number of research labs at Rice are housed in the Bioscience Research Collaborative, an innovative space where scientists and educators from Rice and other Texas Medical Center institutions come together to perform leading research in medicine and human health. More than just a building, Rice’s BRC is a catalyst for interdisciplinary collaboration, creativity, collaboration and learning.


David Leebron

President, Rice University

David Leebron became the president of Rice University in 2004. Under his leadership, the institution extended its research endeavors and international presence, and earned greater visibility locally, nationally and internationally. Undergraduate enrollment has increased 30 percent. Applications set a record at approximately 15,100 from 89 countries. The campus added $800 million in new construction, including a 10-story BioScience Research Collaborative, where scientists and educators from Rice and other Texas Medical Center institutions work together.

Prior to taking the helm at Rice, Leebron was dean of Columbia Law School. A native of Philadelphia, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was elected president of the Law Review in his second year. After graduating in 1979, he served as a law clerk for Judge Shirley Hufstedler on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Los Angeles. He began teaching at the UCLA School of Law in 1980 and at the NYU School of Law in 1983. He is currently part of the political science faculty at Rice and has authored a textbook on international human rights.