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.
Colton Cox ('18) SOCI/POST
Colton Cox is a senior studying Sociology and Policy Studies with a minor in Jewish Studies, and is serving as one of the three Student Advisory Board co-chairs for the 2017-2018 year. He is originally from Houston, Texas. As an undergraduate, he has pursued opportunities with the Social Sciences Research Institute, the Religion and Public Life Program and the Baker Institute for Public Policy. Having benefited from the wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities offered by the School of Social Sciences, he desired to be a member of the Student Advisory Board in order to increase and facilitate faculty-student interactions within the school as well as to help institute new programs for student development.
Meghana Gaur ('19) MTEC
Meghana Gaur is a junior from Austin, Texas majoring in Mathematical Economic Analysis with minors in Statistics and Mathematics. Meghana served on the inaugural 2016-17 Advisory Board and is currently serving as one of three Co-Chairs of the 2017-18 Board. As an MTEC major, she appreciates the recent adjustments to the MTEC and ECON degrees to improve the quality of learning for students within the department and hopes to see such progress replicated across departments. Having participated in the consulting and law practicums offered by the School of Social Sciences, Meghana hopes to support and concentrate the School’s recent focus on creating experiential learning environments that empower students to explore certain careers or fields.
Caroline Lee ('19) CSCI/POST
Caroline Lee is a junior originally from California, studying Cognitive Sciences and Policy Studies with a minor in Biochemistry & Cell Biology, who is serving as a Co-Chair of the 2017-18 Advisory Board. As a student she has researched medical ethics/policy at Baylor College of Medicine through the Health Practicum and has worked in two Rice health psychology labs. Throughout her time at Rice, she has been fortunate to be a part of countless enriching and impactful academic experiences within the School of Social Sciences and joined the board to help promote similar opportunities for her peers.
Baker College: Madeline Eschberger (‘18) SOCI/MANA
Madeline Eschberger is a senior from Baytown, TX and is serving as the Baker College representative for the Social Sciences Advisory Board. She is studying Sociology and Managerial Studies, with a minor in Business. Through this combination of Social Sciences majors, she explores the human aspects of business, combining technical economics training with a critical thinking approach. She is currently working as a marketing and finance intern for an investment firm that focuses on medical startups.
Brown College: Nina Kalluri (‘19) MTEC
Nina Kalluri is a junior from Houston, TX studying Economics with minors in Financial Computation/Modeling and Business and is serving as the Brown College representative on this year’s Advisory Board. 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.
Duncan College : Noah Reich (‘19) MTEC/CAAM
Noah Reich is a junior from Chappaqua, NY studying Mathematical Economic Analysis, as well as Computational & Applied Mathematics, and is the Duncan College representative for the Social Sciences Student Advisory Board. He is currently on track to complete Rice’s Honors Program in Economics, in which students engage in developing their own research. Throughout his time at Rice, Noah has grown to appreciate his economics courses at Rice for encouraging students to combine qualitative and quantitative analyses to solve problems.
Hanzsen College: Jordan Pflum (‘20) MTEC
Jordan Pflum is a sophomore from Dallas, Texas representing Hanszen College on the Social Science Advisory Board. He is majoring in Mathematical Economic Analysis and minoring in Computational & Applied Mathematics. Having a passion for economics, Jordan has always been drawn to the intricacies found in Social Sciences, leading him to become a member of the 2017-2018 Board. Already deeply involved in his residential college, Jordan hopes to share the world of Social Science with members of his college as well as those in other colleges.
Jones College: Will Derrick (‘20) POLI
Will Derrick is a sophomore from Monterey, California and represents Jones College on the Social Science Advisory Board. 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.
Lovett College: Rose Kantorczyk (‘20) SOCI/POST
Rose Kantorczyk is a sophomore from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and represents Lovett College on the Social Science Advisory Board. Rose is majoring in Sociology and Policy Studies with a Law and Justice concentration. She is currently interning at LiftUp Houston, a grassroots municipal election campaign. As a member of the Advisory Board, Rose hopes to make the Social Science department more accessible to her college and encourage students to pursue social science enrichment opportunities outside the Rice hedges.
Martel College: Thresa Skeslien Jenkins (‘19) SOCI/POLI
Thresa Skeslien Jenkins is a junior on the Social Science Advisory Board representing Martel College. She is from Billings, Montana and is studying sociology and political science at Rice. While here, she’s participated in the Gateway Study of Leadership for two years and has been part of the faculty selection process for both of her major departments. The School of Social Sciences has been a great place for her to pursue her passions through academics while also building the research and critical thinking skills necessary to be successful in a career.
McMurtry College: Se Yeon (Sharon) Cho (‘19) ECON
Sharon (Se Yeon) Cho is a junior originally from Seoul, Korea majoring in Economics and Religious Studies. Grateful to be a 2017-18 Advisory Board member, she is representing McMurtry College. After the enriching experience of participating in consulting practicum (it used to be called SSAIL), she was inspired to explore the real world, took a gap year to work, and returned this semester to finish her studies. A beneficiary herself, Sharon is excited to be a part of the School of Social Science Advisory Board through which even more amazing learning opportunities and initiatives will be discussed and developed.
Sid Richardson College: Aman Narayan (‘18) ECON/POST
Aman Narayan is a senior from Houston, TX representing Sid Richardson College on the Social Sciences Advisory Board for the second year. In addition to studying Economics and Policy Studies, Aman has been very involved in the School of Social Sciences, having participated in the Health, Humanism and Society and the Law, Justice, and Society Scholar practica. The experiences and knowledge he has gained through participation in various aspects of the School has inspired him to incorporate his health policy background into his medical education.
Wiess College: Anson Tong (‘20) CSCI
Anson Tong is a sophomore from Naperville, IL majoring in Cognitive Sciences with a minor in Neuroscience and serving as the Wiess College representative on the 2017-18 Advisory Board. She is conducting research on decision-making for cancer patients at MD Anderson through the Health Practicum. In her experience at Rice so far, she has been lucky enough to engage with the opportunities available in the School of Social Sciences and is excited to work on coming changes.
Will Rice College: Benjamin Herdon-Miller (‘18) STAT
Ben Herndon-Miller is a senior from Norwich, Vermont representing Will Rice College on the Social Science Advisory Board. He is majoring in Statistics with a minor in Sociology. He has spent his time at Rice University helping to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem and has organized events like 3 Day Startup and The Rice Launch Challenge. He is passionate about helping students realize their goals and spends his free time tutoring at the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program and working for the Houston startup, GroupRaise. As a member of the SSSAB, he hopes to foster the entrepreneurial spirit of students in the School of Social Sciences and to connect more Rice students to the greater Houston startup community.