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 Merlo to directly engage with the undergraduate student body.
Nina Kalluri (‘19) ECON
Nina Kalluri is a senior from Houston, TX studying economics with a minor in sociology . She is currently an analyst for Rice Finance and has pre-law or pre-graduate school aspirations. The opportunities available through both the School of Social Sciences and economics coursework have given her the tools and experiences to pursue both of these potential paths.
Will Derrick (‘20) POLI
Will Derrick is a junior from Carmel, California. Will is majoring in political science and policy studies. As both of these majors touch on many different disciplines within the social sciences, Will has been drawn to the Board to help develop a department that is well rounded and able to improve every Rice student’s academic experience. Will also helps to foster a department that leads students outside of the classroom to develop real world skills in tandem with exemplary academia.
Anson Tong (‘20) CSCI
Anson Tong is a rising junior from Naperville, Illinois studying Cognitive Sciences. She'll be serving as one of the Co-Chairs for the 2018-19 year. In her experience at Rice so far, she has been lucky enough to engage with the opportunities available in the School of Social Sciences, including the Health Practicum. As part of the Health Practicum, she conducted research on shared decision-making at MD Anderson, which helped her to better define and clarify future plans. She is excited to work on coming changes to ensure that Rice Social Sciences can continue to provide academically enriching and challenging experiences to students.
Yves (Ziyi) Ye
Yves (Ziyi) Ye is a senior from Guangzhou, China. He is a pre-law student majoring in Sociology, History and Policy Studies. During his time at Rice, he has participated in various activities sponsored by the School of Social Sciences, including the Law Practicum and Community Bridges Fellowship of Kinder Institute. Interning for the Texas Civil Rights Project in the Law Practicum, he has deepened his understanding of prison reform. And as part of the Community Bridges Fellowship, he has worked with local community leaders of the Fifth Ward in improving housing conditions of underdeveloped neighborhoods. All in all, he is thrilled to contribute to his discipline through the Social Science Advisory Board and enrich the experience of Rice students.
Kyla Barnwell is a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia majoring in Cognitive Sciences. She hopes to use her time at Rice to do undergraduate research and has a special interest in public health. She plans to attend law school or graduate school. While 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.
Connor Rothschild is a sophomore from Springfield, Missouri majoring in Social Policy Analysis and Political Science. He is interested in attending graduate school and eventually entering academia. The School of Social Sciences has helped equip him with the tools necessary to pursue such aspirations. At Rice, Connor is interested in undergraduate research and incorporating data into the social sciences.
Sarah Smati is a junior from Houston, Texas studying Economics, Political Science, and Social Policy Analysis with plans of attending graduate school. She currently edits for several different Rice publications and conducts research at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. During her time at Rice so far, she has benefited from the many opportunities offered through the School of Social Sciences, including the Law Practicum and Health Practicum. Through joining the Board, she is excited to connect students to the School of Social Sciences and help enrich both their academic and professional experiences at Rice.
Sofia Opel is a sophomore from New Orleans, Louisiana, majoring in Political Science and Social Policy Analysis. While at Rice, she is interested in undergraduate research and engaging firsthand with both the Rice and Houston community. Readied with the tools and experience the School of Social Sciences provides, she plans to attend either graduate school or law school.
Saniya Gayake is a sophomore from Plano, Texas majoring in Anthropology with aspirations of attending graduate school. An advocate for the importance of the Social Sciences, Saniya hopes to continue the growth and promotion of the Social Sciences whether it is in the form of research, opportunities, programs, academics or events. This is Saniya’s first year on the Social Sciences Student Advisory Board, and she hopes to use her position to provide guidance and feedback to the School, while communicating back to the student body.
Ahmed Alhroob is a junior from Amman, Jordan majoring in Psychology and Economics. This is Ahmed’s first year serving on the Social Sciences Student Advisory Board; he is excited to connect the Rice student body with the School of Social Sciences and introduce them to the variety of opportunities within their reach.
Amna Ali is a sophomore from Houston, Texas majoring in Social Policy Analysis and minoring in Biochemistry. During her time at Rice, she has conducted research at the Baker Institute for Public Policy. She is passionate about giving students a voice when it comes to their education and hopes that she will be able to do so through the Social Sciences Student Advisory Board.
Noah Reich is a senior from Chappaqua, New York majoring in Mathematical Economic Analysis, as well as Computational & Applied Mathematics. Noah hopes to apply his general background in economics towards a specialization in finance both in the classroom and beyond the hedges of Rice’s campus. As a member of the Student Advisory Board, he hopes to provide guidance on how the School of Social Sciences can foster an intellectual environment that empowers students to utilize their social sciences skills across a wide range of academic and professional pursuits.
Jordan Pflum is a rising Junior from Dallas, TX, pursuing a double major in Mathematical Economic Analysis and Statistics as well a minor in Financial Computation and Modeling. This is his second year on the Student Advisory Board and is very excited to continue to facilitate discussions between Social Science students and the faculty as well as promote the many tools the School of Social Sciences offers the student body.
Rose Kantorczyk is a junior from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania majoring in Sociology and Policy Studies. This is her second year on the Student Advisory Board. She is passionate about connecting students in the School of Social Sciences with opportunities to work outside the Rice hedges and use their academic and research skills to give back to the Houston community.
Thresa Skeslien Jenkins is a senior originally from Billings, Montana and is majoring in Sociology and Political Science. This is Thresa’s second year on the Student Advisory Board and she hopes to continue the efforts started last year for greater attention to low-income accessibility throughout the school. Thresa participated in the Gateway Study of Leadership through the School of Social Sciences for two years and has been fortunate to take part in research and other service-learning opportunities throughout her three years.
Sharon Cho is a senior Murt from Seoul, Korea, majoring Mathematical Economic Analysis, Managerial Studies, and Religion. After being engaged with the consulting practicum offered by School of Social Sciences, she became fascinated with how students can benefit from the great resources of the School of Social Sciences. She is confident that being on the Board will enable her to make those resources more accessible to the students.