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


Paula Rescala
MATH 101/211/212, CAAM 335
Maria Salazar
MATH 101/102/211, BIOC 201
Akshay Kalyan
MATH 211/212/355, CEVE, Projects


Priyansh Lunia (Head Fellow)
Scott Lin (Head Fellow)
James Sanders

Computer Science

Emmett Bertram
Namanh Kapur
COMP 140/182/215/310/322/330/412


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

General Chemistry

Katherine Cohen
BIOC 211/301, CHEM 121/122/123/124, PHYS 101
Jonathan Pang
CHEM 121/122/123/124
Allison Taffet
CHEM 121/122/123/124
Yash Wani
CHEM 121/122/123/124/211/212/365, BIOC 301

Organic Chemistry

Brandon Johnson
CHEM 211/212, CHBE, PHYS 101
Daniel Zhong
CHEM 211/212/215, STAT 305/315/405/410, BIOC 211/301
Aaron Nguyen
CHEM 211/212, ENGL


Cordy McJunkins
ECON 100, POLI 395, PSYC 202/346, SOSC 302
Bilal Rehman
FWIS, PHIL, RELI, ENGL, Writing + Presentations
Lauren Palladino
FWIS, POLI, PSYC, Writing + Presentations


Autumn Engebretson (Head Fellow)
Jennifer Wang
ECON 100/200/203, MATH 212, CHIN

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


Mimi Baker
Political Science, Sociology, Pre-Law| Class of 2021
Axel Ntamatungiro
Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Pre-Grad| Class of 2021
Arjun Peddireddy
Psychology, Biochemistry & Cell Biology minor, Pre-Med | Class of 2021

O-week PAAS

Zakaria Cherif
Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Pre-Med | Class of 2022
Lila Frenkel
Statistics, Pre-Law, Pre-Grad | Class of 2022
Arjun Peddireddy
Psychology, Biochemistry & Cell Biology minor, Pre-Med | Class of 2021
Paula Rescala
Mechanical Engineering, Computational & Applied Mathematics minor, Pre-Grad | Class of 2021

Year-Long PAAS

Enoch Chen
Computer Science, Mathematical Economic Analysis | Class of 2022
Neeve Chen
Bioengineering, Business minor, Pre-Dental | Class of 2022
Autumn Engebretson
Mathematical Economic Analysis, Managerial Studies, Business minor, Pre-Business | Class of 2021
Daniel Han
Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Pre-Med | Class of 2022
Sarah Jin
Political Science, Psychology, Engineering Design minor | Class of 2021
Brandon Johnson
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | Class of 2020
Sammi Johnson
English, Sociology minor | Class of 2022
Isabel Kilroy
Cognitive Science, Medical Humanities minor, Pre-Med | Class of 2020
Cordy McJunkins
Economics, Social Policy Analysis, Psychology, Pre-Law, Pre-Grad | Class of 2021
Isabella Osuna
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Pre-Med, Pre-Grad| Class of 2021
Jonathan Pang
Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Medical Humanities minor, Pre-Med | Class of 2020
Bilal Rehman
Philosophy, Pre-Med, Pre-Grad | Class of 2020
Brianna Satow
English and Music, Cinema & Media Studies minor, Pre-Law | Class of 2021
Gregory Sercombe
Computer Science, Business minor, Pre-Business | Class of 2020
Allison Taffet
Biochemistry & Cell Biology, English, Spanish certificate, Pre-Med | 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 with any questions or concerns, or approach one of them whenever!

2019-20 Rice Health Advisors

Alyssa Curry (Head RHA)
Akshaya Santhanaraj
Isabella Osuna
Daniel Han
Preetham Bachina
Mackenzie Flanagan
Arjun Peddireddy
Hoang Anh Vu
Dani Morgen
Jared Perkowski

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

Elena Komiya
Emily Dickinson