motivates their behavior. In fact, many social
scientists say that Houston today is America tomorrow.
Issues such as immigration, ethnic and religious
diversity, land use, and zoning regulations that
Houston faces now will be issues facing other
U.S. cities in the coming decades.
Rice is uniquely positioned to help Houston deal
with these issues. Our School of Social Sciences
houses some of the nation's foremost experts in
public policy and urban life who take an applied,
objective, quantitative approach to finding solutions.
We already have a network of collaboration established
with other Rice departments and with the Texas
Medical Center, the City of Houston, and other
organizations and institutions. We are known for
encouraging our undergraduate students to engage
in hands-on, real-world research projects, such
as the Houston Area Survey, that benefit Houstonians.
Our students are some of the finest in the nation
and come from all over the world; 38 percent of
Rice graduates choose to stay in Houston to work
and raise their families. Many have become city
leaders, lawyers, doctors, bankers, and experts
in other professions vital to Houston.
We believe we can do even more for Houston, and
we have the ambitious vision of being the first
place where city and business leaders go for their
urban research needs. We want to enhance research
to address the tough issues Houston faces today.
We want to expand our collaboration with the Texas
Medical Center to prevent and to find cures for
stroke, schizophrenia, and other mind and brain
conditions that affect Houstonians and people
across the nation. We want to take advantage of
Houston's educational landscape by increasing
local research opportunities for our students,
so that they will be better equipped to lead Houston
into greater prosperity in this changing world.