Summer Program for HISD Students

The Center for Environmental Studies, with support from Rice’s Building Research on Inequality and Diversity to Grow Equity (BRIDGE) Program, is proud to host an annual free summer program for Houston Independent School District high school students. This unique program focuses on environmental justice through storytelling via arts and media practices. The week-long experience takes place entirely on Rice’s campus. Participants stay in dorms, eat in the school serveries, and experience life as a college student while learning from Rice University faculty, graduate students, and community experts. Field trips are provided, and previous excursions include Galveston Island and a boat tour of Buffalo Bayou. This program is entirely free of cost to participants.

Applications for the program open in February annually. Program dates will be announced in January. For questions, please reach out to Dr. Weston Twardowski (

Houston Independent School District Summer Program