Peer Resources

Duncan has a wide variety of academic and health-related resources, including:

  • Academic Fellows
  • Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs)
  • Rice Health Advisors (RHAs)
  • Students Transforming Rice Into a Violence-free Environment (STRIVE) Liaisons

Academic Fellows

Stuck on chemistry homework? Don’t quite know how to start your physics suggested problems? Are you totally lost in Math 102— and you have a test in three days? The Academic Fellows are here to help!

Each residential college has an Academic Fellows or Mentors Society: an honorary service organization dedicated to enhancing the academic life in the college. Academic Fellows at Duncan are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been chosen to help you for their GPA, good judicial standing, and commitment to mentoring. They can help you with anything, from studying for midterms or revising a big paper to providing advice on subject-specific internships and other extracurricular activities. You can find more information about the Academic Fellows program in this short video and on the Office of Academic Advising’s webpage.

At Duncan, your Academic Fellows provide free academic assistance on a regular basis through advertised review sessions, “office hours” in the college commons, and individual tutoring by request. You can also find the Duncan Fellows at our bi-weekly “Coffee in the Commons” help sessions on Sunday nights. Be sure to check out the Duncan Fellows for updates on office hours, academic enrichment activities, and other events. In the past, we have hosted freshman seminars, mid-semester grade check-ins in collaboration with the Duncan PAAs, a summer opportunities fair, and study breaks throughout the school year.  Feel free to contact them, and don’t be afraid to ask for help! You can also reach out to Head Fellows Priyansh Lunia, Scott Lin, or Autumn Engebreston if you would like for them to assist in matching you with a student in your major or subject area. We look forward to working with you!

2018-19 Academic Fellows

Math

Paula Rescala
MATH 101/211/212, CAAM 335
pdr3@rice.edu
Maria Salazar
MATH 101/102/211, BIOC 201
mcs11@rice.edu
Akshay Kalyan
MATH 211/212/355, CEVE, Projects
ak70@rice.edu

Physics

Priyansh Lunia (Head Fellow)
PHYS, MATH, CAAM
pl30@rice.edu
Scott Lin (Head Fellow)
PHYS, BIOE
sl105@rice.edu
James Sanders
PHYS, MATH
jms30@rice.edu

Computer Science

Emmett Bertram
COMP
eab12@rice.edu
Namanh Kapur
COMP 140/182/215/310/322/330/412
nkk1@rice.edu

Biochemistry

Preetham Bachina
CHEM 211/212, BIOC 211/301/302/341/344, MATH 221/222
psb3@rice.edu
Hannah Miller
BIOC 201/301, SOCI, SPAN, CHEM 121/122/211/212
hem3@rice.edu
Stephanie Scoville
BIOC 201/211/301, EBIO, CHEM 121/122/123/124
sks6@rice.edu
Shruti Shah
BIOC 211/301/302/341, CHEM 211/212, PHYS 125/126
sns9@rice.edu

General Chemistry

Katherine Cohen
BIOC 211/301, CHEM 121/122/123/124, PHYS 101
kpc3@rice.edu
Jonathan Pang
CHEM 121/122/123/124
jcp9@rice.edu
Allison Taffet
CHEM 121/122/123/124
aat11@rice.edu
Yash Wani
CHEM 121/122/123/124/211/212/365, BIOC 301
yrw1@rice.edu

Organic Chemistry

Brandon Johnson
CHEM 211/212, CHBE, PHYS 101
bmj4@rice.edu
Daniel Zhong
CHEM 211/212/215, STAT 305/315/405/410, BIOC 211/301
dz19@rice.edu
Aaron Nguyen
CHEM 211/212, ENGL
acn2@rice.edu

Writing

Cordy McJunkins
ECON 100, POLI 395, PSYC 202/346, SOSC 302
cam18@rice.edu
Bilal Rehman
FWIS, PHIL, RELI, ENGL, Writing + Presentations
br15@rice.edu
Lauren Palladino
FWIS, POLI, PSYC, Writing + Presentations
lrp6@rice.edu

Economics

Autumn Engebretson (Head Fellow)
N/A (ABROAD)
are3@rice.edu
Jennifer Wang
ECON 100/200/203, MATH 212, CHIN
jw100@rice.edu

Peer Academic Advisors

O-Week PAAs

O-Week PAA’s are on hand during all of O-Week to talk to and to help incoming students find a schedule. They facilitate all O-Week academic events and help with any academic questions regarding registration and your first year at Rice. They serve as a liaison between incoming students, the Office of Academic Advising, the divisional advisors, etc., and introduce incoming students to the various academic advising resources on campus.

Year Long PAAs

Year-long PAA’s are on hand throughout the school year and have been broadly trained in numerous areas of academics here at Rice. Generally speaking, the Duncan PAA team coordinates numerous group and individual activities to strengthen academic vitality. Some common things that they help with include questions about general graduation requirements, specific classes, research opportunities, studying abroad, professional school requirements, and really any topic as it relates to academics. Even if a particular PAA cannot answer each and every detailed question, they can at least serve as a helpful resource to point students in the right direction of someone else that can. We believe that academics, learning, and especially advising are all ongoing dynamic conversations that involve multiple perspectives and not just a prescription for registrations, so never stop asking questions!

If you want to get into contact with a PAA or you just have an academic question, fill out the PAA Question Form under the Resources tab and the Head PAAs will help guide you with whatever you need!

2018–19 Peer Academic Advisors

Head PAAS

Mimi Baker
Political Science, Sociology, Pre-Law
mlb13@rice.edu| Class of 2021
Axel Ntamatungiro
Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Pre-Grad
akn6@rice.edu| Class of 2021
Arjun Peddireddy
Psychology, Biochemistry & Cell Biology minor, Pre-Med
asp7@rice.edu | Class of 2021

O-week PAAS

Zakaria Cherif
Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Pre-Med
zyc1@rice.edu | Class of 2022
Lila Frenkel
Statistics, Pre-Law, Pre-Grad
lbf4@rice.edu | Class of 2022
Arjun Peddireddy
Psychology, Biochemistry & Cell Biology minor, Pre-Med
asp7@rice.edu | Class of 2021
Paula Rescala
Mechanical Engineering, Computational & Applied Mathematics minor, Pre-Grad
pdr3@rice.edu | Class of 2021

Year-Long PAAS

Enoch Chen
Computer Science, Mathematical Economic Analysis
ec48@rice.edu | Class of 2022
Neeve Chen
Bioengineering, Business minor, Pre-Dental
nkc4@rice.edu | Class of 2022
Autumn Engebretson
Mathematical Economic Analysis, Managerial Studies, Business minor, Pre-Business
are3@rice.edu | Class of 2021
Daniel Han
Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Pre-Med
mh83@rice.edu | Class of 2022
Sarah Jin
Political Science, Psychology, Engineering Design minor
smj6@rice.edu | Class of 2021
Brandon Johnson
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bmj4@rice.edu | Class of 2020
Sammi Johnson
English, Sociology minor
sjj3@rice.edu | Class of 2022
Isabel Kilroy
Cognitive Science, Medical Humanities minor, Pre-Med
isk2@rice.edu | Class of 2020
Cordy McJunkins
Economics, Social Policy Analysis, Psychology, Pre-Law, Pre-Grad
cam18@rice.edu | Class of 2021
Isabella Osuna
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Pre-Med, Pre-Grad
io7@rice.edu| Class of 2021
Jonathan Pang
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Medical Humanities minor, Pre-Med
jcp9@rice.edu | Class of 2020
Bilal Rehman
Philosophy, Pre-Med, Pre-Grad
br15@rice.edu | Class of 2020
Brianna Satow
English and Music, Cinema & Media Studies minor, Pre-Law
bjs11@rice.edu | Class of 2021
Gregory Sercombe
Computer Science, Business minor, Pre-Business
grs6@rice.edu | Class of 2020
Allison Taffet
Biochemistry & Cell Biology, English, Spanish certificate, Pre-Med
aat11@rice.edu | Class of 2021

Resident Health Advisors

Rice Health Advisors (RHAs) provide basic first aid and health supplies (bandages, pain relievers, ear plugs, condoms, etc…) to members of the college.

RHAs are also trained in several areas specific to mental, sexual and emotional health:

  • They are mental health first aid trained and are trained as first responders in mental health crises (such as suicidal thoughts, panic attacks, etc..).
  • They are trained to mediate conflicts, especially with roommate issues. They can help facilitate discussion between roommates to resolve issues and overcome obstacles.
  • They are here to provide general advice about well-being, including relationships, dating, conflict, stress, academic pressure and other related things.
  • They are bound to CONFIDENTIALITY. Anything for which a student goes to an RHA will be kept confidential, with one exception (if the person expresses thoughts about hurting themselves or others or if they describe any possible harm to themselves or others).
  • They are able to discuss sexuality, including sexual activity, sexual health and sexual identity/orientation. They are well-educated about all types and forms of sexual activity and health. And they are all Ally trained and openly advocate for the well-being and advancement of the LGBT community.
  • They are here to generally help students with their college experience and improve their overall well-being. They are well-versed in the resources available on campus to ensure that well-being is optimal for each student

Overall, the Duncan RHAs want to be as accessible to the Duncan community as they can. It is their job to facilitate the improvement of well-being and health both at the college and campus wide. Please don’t hesitate to contact one of them with any concerns, or if you would like to utilize any of them for any of the reasons above (or anything else you think is relevant). They LOVE all of you and want you to be happy and healthy.

You can email them at duncanrha@gmail.com with any questions or concerns, or approach one of them whenever!

2018-19 Rice Health Advisors

Akshaya Santhanaraj (Head RHA)
ans10@rice.edu
Alyssa Curry
arc10@rice.edu
Claudia Xian
czx1@rice.edu
Juliana Wu
jw70@rice.edu
Preetham Bachina
psb3@rice.edu
Mackenzie Flanagan
mmf9@rice.edu
Hoang Vu
ahv1@rice.edu
Ricardo Lozoya
ral10@rice.edu

STRIVE Liasions

STRIVE Coalition is a dedicated group of students who have come together to address sexual and domestic violence on campus. The Coalition is made up of an executive board, STRIVE liaisons to colleges, STRIVE liaisons to graduate programs, STRIVE representatives in a variety of student groups, and volunteers. The Coalition is advised by the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Title IX Support.Liaisons both to the colleges and the graduate programs are specially trained students who host prevention activities and seek to support students by providing information about resources available on and off campus.

2018-19 STRIVE Liasions

Sophie D’Amico
ans10@rice.edu
Emily Dickinson
arc10@rice.edu