New faculty help energize and build on long-standing academic legacies at Rice. A recent innovative faculty collaboration has resulted in the development of a minor in Science and Technology Studies that allows students from diverse academic backgrounds to examine science and technology within their social, political, cultural and historical contexts. This unique partnership uses the interdisciplinary methodologies of the humanities and social sciences to study the impact of science and technology on the world around us. Programs like this one that draw on faculty expertise will benefit from additional research funding, support for lecture series and workshops, and the hire of postdoctoral fellows or lecturers to supplement our curriculum as we work to meet growing student needs.

Your support of our newly established Katherine Fischer Drew Fund for Humanities Research honors the extraordinary impact of Rice’s first female faculty member, former chair of the departments of Art History and History, and former acting dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences. This fund will pay forward Dr. Drew’s legacy as a pioneering scholar, teacher and mentor by giving today’s faculty flexibility to respond to teaching and research opportunities as they arise, to innovate and to raise the academic profile of our School of Humanities. If you have questions about giving, please contact Emily Stein at or 713-348-3424.