Student Advisory Board

The goals of the Dean's Student Advisory Board are (1) To provide guidance directly to the dean of social sciences and other designated faculty and staff as to the endeavors of the School of Social Sciences and associated undergraduate programming; (2) To serve as ambassadors of the residential colleges by communicating to the dean and inform college members on new initiatives and to gather feedback; (3) When warranted, assist in arranging events and platforms for Dean McIntosh to directly engage with the undergraduate student body.

Reach out to any of the co-chairs with any questions: Kyla Barnwell ( and Rajpal S. Bal (


Kyla Barnwell
Kyla Barnwell is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Cognitive Sciences. She plans to use her time at Rice to do undergraduate research and has a special interest in public and community health. She plans to attend law school after graduation. During her third year as a board member, she hopes she can serve as an ambassador and a resource to students within the Social Sciences to ensure a well-balanced and enriching academic experience.

Rajpal S. Bal
Rajpal Bal is a sophomore at McMurtry College who is currently on track to double major in Social Policy Analysis and Mathematical Economic Analysis with a Minor in Business. Rajpal’s internal drive is to help others, and being on the SSSAB allows him to improve his department further its intellectual curiosity and desire to be the best department that it can be. Rajpal wants to help empower Social Science Students and Faculty across a wide range of academic disciplines and goals.

2020-2021 Membership

Elizabeth Martin
Elizabeth Martin is a sophomore from Houston, Texas. She is planning on majoring in Sport Management with a concentration in Sports Law. Elizabeth plans to pursue her JD/MBA following her time at Rice. While on the board, she hopes to engage with other students in the School of Social Sciences and advance the school’s mission.

Franklin Estein
Franklin Estein is a junior from Orlando, FL pursuing a double major in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Political Science. He is currently assisting with research at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and working as an intern at Musket Corporation. His interests include international economic affairs, foreign policy, and financial markets. Through the School of Social Sciences, he seeks to provide students with the framework to analyze complex global phenomena from a wide range of perspectives.

Charlie Dwight
Charlie Dwight is a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio majoring in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Philosophy. He currently engages with the School of Social Sciences by attending Baker Institute events and conducting economic research. In his second year on the Student Advisory Board, he is excited to discover ways to help students engage with such opportunities from the moment they arrive at Rice. He plans to attend graduate school for either Public Policy or Economics.

We currently have open positions on the Student Advisory Board. If you are interested in applying, please complete the application and a Co-Chair will be in touch with you soon.