PSM and CCD Seminars

Fall 2019 Speakers:

  • Kyung-Hee Bae, CAPC
  • Mary Purugganan, PSM Communication Faculty
  • Julie Garvin, President, Roxanna Oil
  • Carolyn White, Memorial Park Conservancy
  • Ivette Mekdessi, CCD
  • Allice Bullington, Shell
  • Stephanie Taylor, Doerr Institute for New Leaders
  • Liang Ge, Mengqi Huang - SG alumni
  • Myriam Mills, John McDougal - EA alumni
  • Melissa Lopez, Mehwish Javaid - BHP alumni

Spring 2019 Subsurface Geoscience/ Environmental Analysis Speakers:

  • 1/16 Cory Stull and Maggie Puckett, Freese and Nichols
  • 1/23 John Candler, Schlumberger
  • 2/6 Brent Jones, Ramboll
  • 2/13 Staurt Mcgeoch, Shell
  • 2/20 Alumni Panel, City of Houston & BP
  • 2/27 Dr. Billy Cohn, J&J Labs/Entreprenueur
  • 3/20 Michel Le-Vot, Total
  • 3/27 Cassie Lopez, Chevron

Spring 2019 Bioscience and Health Policy/Space Studies Speakers:

  • 1/16 Craig Kovacevich, UTMB
  • 1/23 BHP Journal Club/Space Frontier Lecture Series
  • 2/6 Heather Cowardin, Jacobs Engineering
  • 2/13 BHP Journal Club/Space Frontier Lecture Series
  • 2/20 BHP Field Trip to Austin/ Space Frontier Lecture Series
  • 2/27 Dr. Billy Cohn, J&J Labs/Entreprenueur
  • 3/20 BHP Journal Club/Space Frontier Lecture Series
  • 3/27 John Charles, NASA

The program offers our students frequent networking opportunity, such as

  • Annual Corporate Reception
  • Corporate Luncheons
  • Relationship building with internship providers
  • Weekly corporate guest speakers
  • Corporate Mentors
  • Corporate Fieldtrips
  • Career Fairs
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Sponsored Participation in professional associations/societies
  • and others ...

The program works closely with Rice's Center for Career Development - please visit here to explore all their resources.

The Center for Career Development (CCD) offers programs, services and resources to guide you in pursuing your career goals. We equip you with the skills and confidence needed to discover your interests and navigate your career journey throughout your life.


To empower all Rice students to find and make their place in the world.


We believe all Rice students are capable of achieving their professional goals.

Our mission is to support this by

EDUCATING them on knowledge of self, career options and resources,

CONNECTING them with opportunities through the global Rice network and

EMPOWERING them with the confidence, skills and tools to achieve lifelong career fulfillment.


  • Career Counseling Appointments & Walk-In Hours
  • Career & Personality Assessments
  • Resume Reviews & Mock Interviews
  • Career Panels
  • Professional Communication Workshops
  • Career Classes (UNIV 212 & UNIV 295)
  • Peer Career Advisors


  • Handshake - Job & Internship Database
  • iNet Shared Internship Database
  • Fall & Spring Career & Internship Expos
  • On-Campus Interviews
  • Employer Information Sessions
  • OWL Career Mentor Network (LinkedIn)

Here's an example of our last year's speakers for your information:

PSM Spring 2018 Corporate Speakers and Lunch Guests

  • David Lach, RES
  • John McDougal, Element Markets
  • Arielle Carpenter, TMC Innovation Institute
  • Nancy L. Sauer, Government Relations Consulting
  • Ann Tanabe, BioHouston
  • Jean Hsieh, Repsol
  • John Candler, Schlumberger
  • Martin Stauble, Shell
  • Katherine Decamps, BP
  • Craig Kovacevich, UTMB
  • Leticia Vega, NASA

Fall 2017 Speakers

  • Karen Basen-Engquist, MD Anderson
  • Johnna Carlson, Texas Children's Hospital
  • Curtis Johnson, Roxana Oil
  • Hunter Lockhard, BHP
  • Geoffrey Haddad, ConocoPhillips
  • Mike Burcham, Geosyntec
  • Alerbto Tohme, Tohme Consulting

Fall 2017 Space Studies Seminar Series

  • John Charles, NASA
  • Mark Jernigan, NASA
  • Olga Bannova, University of Houston
  • Mihriban Whitmore, NASA
  • Chris Hansen, NASA
  • Kimberly Hambuchen, NASA
  • David Alexander, Rice Space Institute
  • Adam Lauchner, NASA
  • Joel Getchius, Intuitive Machines
  • Ed Harris, Edge of Space
  • Sam Gunderson, Blue Origin