Academic Fellows

Each residential college has an academic fellows or mentors society—an honorary service organization dedicated to the promotion of intellectual and scholastic endeavors. Jones Fellows are juniors and seniors who have proven academic achievement, college citizenship, an interest in academic life of Jones college, and a willingness to help fellow students. Perhaps most importantly, they are a group of students who have excelled in their respective disciplines and who are willing to offer aid to whoever should need it.

The Jones Academic Fellows:

  • Serve as tutors, peer editors, and mentors for fellow Jonesians

  • Provide academic assistance through review sessions and individual tutoring sessions

  • Provide information about post-graduation opportunities by connecting students to knowledgable community members within a particular field

  • Host talks from faculty members or associates concerning a current event or a topic of interest to the Jones community

Unlike the PAAs, Fellows do not specialize in academic advising, meaning they are not generally experts on class selection or scheduling. Rather, the Academic Fellows are people who have taken and aced that difficult introductory course which keeps you up late on a Saturday night, and they want to help you succeed in it as well. Feel free to contact any of your Fellows whenever you may need them!

Jones Academic Fellows 2019-2020

      Name                                                  Fellowing                                                                                      Email                                                            Year

     Steven Kochvar                              Head Fellow, MATH 212                                                                                      Junior

     Joseph Essman                              Head Fellow, PHYS 101/102/125/126                                                                Senior

     Jack Wilson                                      BIOE 252                                                                                                                 Junior

     Lauren Chiang                                 MATH 101/102                                                                                            Junior

     Alex Deyanov                                 CHEM 121/122                                                                                      Junior

     Katie Wall                                  CHEM 121/122                                                                                                        Sophomore

     Shreya Ingle                                     CHEM 211/212 & NEURO                                                    Junior

     Claire Stevens                                  CHEM 211/212                                                                                                     Senior

     Patrick Brady                                    COMP 140/182                                                                                                       Senior

  Allison Wu                                        COMP 140/182                                                                                            Junior

     William Su                                   COMP 215                                                                                                       Junior

     Kira Luscher                    ECON 100/200/203/210.                                        Senior

     Cassia Torczon                                 Mathematical Proofs                                                                                          Senior

     Juan Pablo Martinez                      MATH 211                                                                                                        Junior

     Xiaoyao Gao                                    MECH 202/310/315                                                                                     Senior

     Takuma Makihara                            PHYS 101/102/125/126                                                                                     Senior

     Jennifer Lee                                PSYC 101/202/203 & SOSC 302                                                                       Senior

     Kyla Barnwell                                   PSYC 101/202                                                                                                       Junior

     Noushin Quazi                                 STAT 310/315                                                                                                   Senior

     Hannah Bablak                               Writing and Presentations                                                                                 Senior

    Hannah Kim                                   Writing and Presentations                                                                                  Junior

     Kristen Hickey                                 Writing and Presentations                                                                                  Senior

Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs)

Serving as liaisons for the Office of Academic Advising, PAAs are students at each college that have been broadly trained in numerous areas of academics here at Rice.  Generally speaking, your college PAA team coordinates numerous group and individual activities that attempt to strengthen the academic vitality of your residential college. You may find yourself seeking the advice of a PAA about:

  • General graduation requirements

  • Specific classes

  • Research opportunities

  • Studying abroad

  • Professional school requirements

  • Or any topic as it relates to academics

Remember, even if a particular PAA cannot answer each and every one of your detailed questions, they can at least serve as a helpful resource to point you in the right direction of someone else that can.  As you become more familiar with academics here at Rice, we hope you begin to understand that academics, learning, and especially advising are all ongoing dynamic conversations that involve multiple perspectives and not just a prescription for registrations.

For more information, visit

Jones Peer Academic Advisors 2017-2018

Name                                       Major                                                                                                           Email                                                   Year

Hannah Kim                         English                                                                                                                         Sophomore

Caroline Lee                        Cognitive Sciences, Policy Studies, Biochemistry                                                Senior

                                               and Cell Biology minor, Pre-Med

Anna Reed                            Chemistry, Pre-Grad                                                                                                  Sophomore               

Hunter Atherton                   Art History, Economics                                                                                             Sophomore              

Ruhi Buddharaju                  Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Pre-Med                                                                  Sophomore              

Kristen Hickey                      Anthropology, English                                                                                               Junior

Shami Mosley                      English, Business minor, Pre-Law, Pre-Grad                                                    Junior

Phillip Chen                          Sports Management, Economics                                                                             Sophomore              

Savannah Cofer                   Mechanical Engineering, Pre-Grad                                                                      Junior

Katy Gehring                        Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering                                                                  Junior

Tipwarin Phongmekhin       Neuroscience, Pre-Grad                                                                                          Junior

Shreya Ingle                          Neuroscience, Pre-Med                                                                                          Sophomore            

Ameesh Shah                       Computer Science, Statistics, Pre-Grad                                                                 Senior

Kelly Liang                            Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Design minor                                           Junior

Juan Pablo                            Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy                                                                   Sophomore

Martinez Cordeiro                   

Hannah Park                         Psychology, Biochemistry & Cell Biology minor, Pre-Med                                 Junior

Annie Turney                        Cognitive Science, Biochemistry minor, Pre-Grad                                              Junior

Simran Virk                            Computer Science                                                                                                      Junior

Alexis Williams                     Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Spanish certificate, Pre-Med                                Senior

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Rice Health Advisors (RHAs)

Hey Jones! We are your Rice Health Advisors, a peer resource trained to assist you with wellbeing needs in college. We’ve all participated  in a semester-long class at Rice to  receive training  and receive on-going training throughout the year on the following topics:  

  • Mental Health

  • Drugs & Addiction

  • Body Image & Wellness

  • Nutritional Wellness & Exercise

  • Sexual Wellness & Healthy Sexuality

  • Conflict Mediation

  • Time Management

  • Stress & Self-Care

  • Roommate Relationships

  • Suicide Prevention

  • Active Bystander Training

  • Ally Training

We work closely with the Rice Counseling and Wellness Centers (and our A-Team!) in order to provide direct support to our college through year-long programming, one-on-one support, and office hours concerning anything and everything related to your wellbeing! Although we have designated office hour times, you can reach out to us individually at any time. Our intention with office hours is to provide clear opportunities for students to come to us if they are hesitant about reaching out to us at a random time. But seriously, reach out whenever!

We are well trained, but we are not experts. So, if there’s something we don’t know about, we’ll know who to refer you to instead and support you through the process. We handle all conversations with confidentiality unless we see a peer in a situation of immediate danger.

RHAs are also stocked with: bandages, pain relievers, ear plugs, condoms, cough drops, tampons, pads, cool packs, heating pads, antacids, and thermometers. These resources are available at anytime, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Feel free to text us or message us on Facebook when you need anything, we are here for you

Jones Rice Health Advisors 2019-2020

Name                                                             Phone Number                                             Email                                         Room                       

Kristen Hickey                                           484-788-5037                                                           2S Central Suite

Chidera Ezuma-Igwe                              919-627-0672                                                           3S Suite

Fredy Lopez                                      917-442-0688                                                            126

Emily Weaver                                            512-971-2287                                                           428                         

Emani Brown                                             915-926-9087                                                           222

Aaron Pathak                                            214-997-1043                                                           323

STRIVE Liaisons

STRIVE Coalition is a dedicated group of students who have come together to address sexual and domestic violence on campus. We envision a world that is free from inequality and violence, where every person experiences sexuality and relationships in healthy and positive ways. Liaisons are specially trained students who host prevention activities and seek to support students by providing information about resources available on and off campus.

Jones STRIVE Liaisons 2019-2020

Name                                   Room Number                                      Email                                                       Phone number                                      Year

Katy Gehring                     454                                                                                  (214) 842-2575‬                                      Senior

Victoria Lee.                 127                                                                                   (512) 924-8775‬                                      Sophomore

Peer Career Advisors

Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are a group of student volunteers who are selected through an application and interview process. They serve as ambassadors to undergraduates and play a valuable role in supporting the Center for Career Development. PCAs reinforce the knowledge, skills, and resources offered through the CCD. PCAs are specially trained to assist you with the following topics:

  • Resume and cover letter reviews

  • Job and internship basics

  • Using our online resources including RICElink and Vault

  • Understanding CCD services

Jones PCAs 2017-2018

Name                                         Major                                                                                                     Email                                                          Year

Deepika Narayanan              Cognitive Science                                                                                                     Senior