News Release July 11, 2014


Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum names recipients of 2014-15 monetary awards

HOUSTON – The Rice Global Engineering & Construction Forum (RGF) has named a Rice University graduate student and two seniors recipients of monetary awards to help defray educational expenses, such as tuition and fees, during the 2014-2015 academic year:

  • Debarshi Sen, a graduate student majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering received $8,000 (Research Scholarship).
  • Mariam Junaid, a senior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mediterranean Civilizations, received $8,000 (Academic Scholarship).
  • Junqing Zhao, a senior majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Economics received $4,000 (Academic Scholarship).

The RGF Scholarship Committee grants monetary awards each spring to deserving students in the Rice School of Engineering. Award money is entrusted to Rice University as deposits in recipients student accounts and used to defray charges.

Rice students of all engineering disciplines are eligible to apply for an RGF award. However, the scholarship committee gives priority to School of Engineering graduate students or seniors for 2014-2015 with potential interest in the engineering and construction industry or careers in companies and industries that employ E&C companies.

For 2014-2015 RGF has awarded two academic scholarships to students based upon merit, need, and potential to enter the E&C workforce after graduation and one research scholarship to encourage research related to the E&C industry and its potential impact. The E&C industry historically has hired graduates of chemical, civil, electrical, environmental, and mechanical engineering programs at Rice.

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EDITORS: The Rice Global E&C Forum is a voluntary academic-industry organization dedicated to stimulating original thinking, discussion, and resolution of the major economic, political, strategic and technological challenges and opportunities faced by global engineering and construction companies.

For further information, please contact:

  • Martin J. Van Sickels, RGF executive director, at or 281-370-0374;
  • Dr. Satish Nagarajaiah, Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University, and chair of the RGF scholarship committee, at or 713-348-6207; or
  • A. D. Koen, RGF media advisor, at or 713-812-1623.

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