A Gateway to Impact

Equipped with a dynamic academic experience, Rice students in the social sciences are eager to make a difference and tackle big societal challenges. Thanks to the Moody Foundation, they will have a community of support to help them channel their abilities and passions into meaningful pursuits and careers after graduation.


  • Gateway Program in the Social Sciences

    The Frances Anne Moody-Dahlberg Gateway Program gives social sciences undergraduates an opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real life. The fund supports students in professional practica, conference travel, undergraduate research and internships. With the fund’s backing, students will build networks and become leaders in academia and the workforce.


Student interview

“Some of the people I admire most have come from a social sciences background and have chosen to dedicate their professional lives to issues as diverse as public health, educational equity and safeguarding democracy. The Gateway Program exposes the breadth of social sciences influence and shows Rice students how to use their talents and skills to make a real difference in their world.”


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Frances “Francie” Moody-Dahlberg has served as the executive director of the Moody Foundation since 1998, and as chairman, oversees the Foundation’s activities. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Francie has strong interests in women’s and children’s issues and the arts. She has championed the Foundation’s philanthropy in these areas with signature grants to Parkland Foundation, Family Place, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, a number of child welfare, early childhood and educational programs, as well as Moody Performance Hall and Moody Fund for the Arts. She serves as a trustee of SMU and is on the boards of Simmons School of Education, Meadows School of the Arts, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Transitional Learning Center, Moody Endowment, Dallas Best Dressed Hall of Fame and the advisory board of Crystal Charity Ball.

Rice University
P.O. BOX 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Email: stewardship@rice.edu

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