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Welcome from the Dean

Seiichi Matsuda
Seiichi P.T. Matsuda

Greetings! Thank you for your interest in graduate study at Rice University. Your graduate education at Rice, one of America’s leading research universities, will be challenging and exciting. Our top-ranked programs are known worldwide for their scholarship, and our faculty and students are some of the world's best and brightest. We create, innovate, discover, and push the boundaries of what is possible. We inspire each other to be our best and work across traditional boundaries to increase our foundational knowledge of the world and develop interdisciplinary, innovative solutions to the problems facing humanity.

In collaboration with your graduate program, the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be your partner as you work toward your degree. We will support you throughout your academic journey and look forward to celebrating each milestone in your academic career.

Our office is dedicated to student success in and outside the classroom, field, lab, library, and archives. We work in partnership with our graduate student community to support each member of our Rice family. Regardless of what you are inspired to do with your degree, Rice's resources will help you achieve your goals.

If you have just started researching graduate schools, I hope you will consider joining our Rice University family. If you have recently been admitted, welcome! We're so glad you are here, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Seiichi P. T. Matsuda
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
E. Dell Butcher Professor of Chemistry
Professor of BioSciences