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 Reagan Kapp, Zach Gramstad, or Cyna Shirazinejad 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

Elizabeth Asonye (Head Fellow)
Kinesiology; Hispanic Studies
ea17@rice.edu
Preetham Bachina
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Mathematics
psb3@rice.edu
Katherine Cohen
Undecided
kpc3@rice.edu
Autumn Engebretson (Head Fellow)
Mathematical Economic Analysis, Statistics, Managerial Studies
are3@rice.edu
Jennifer Fu
English, Anthropology
jjf5@rice.edu
Zach Gramstad (Head Fellow)
Computer Science
zeg2@rice.edu
Brandon Johnson
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
bmj4@rice.edu
Akshay Kalyan
Civil Engineering
ak70@rice.edu
Namanh Kapur
Computer Science
nkk1@rice.edu
Isabel Kilroy
Cognitive Sciences
isk2@rice.edu
Ricky Lozoya
Biological Sciences
ral10@rice.edu
Priyansh Lunia
Physics
pl30@rice.edu
Cordy McJunkins
Undecided
cam18@rice.edu
Hannah Miller
Sociology
hem3@rice.edu
Jonathan Pang
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
jcp9@rice.edu
Mackenzie Parker
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
mnp6@rice.edu
Bilal Rehman
Philosophy
br15@rice.edu
Noah Reich
Computational and Applied Mathematics; Mathematical Economic Analysis
nmr3@rice.edu
Paula Rescala
Undecided
pdr3@rice.edu
Maria Salazar
Bioengineering
mcs11@rice.edu
Stephanie Scoville
Environmental Science
sks6@rice.edu
Allison Taffet
Biological Sciences, English
aat11@rice.edu
Ray Wang
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
xw38@rice.edu
Daniel Zhong
Biochemistry and Cell Biology
dz19@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!

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