Committees

If you are interested in serving in any of the below appointments which are currently vacant, please apply by filling out the GSA Committee Application Form for GSA Committees or the University Committee Application Form for University Committees. The VP of Student Advocacy will then be in contact with you.

Volunteers are always welcome so feel free to contact the committee chair to join or get onto the email list!

Furthermore, the contact emails are all “[email]@rice.edu” and can be found in brackets next to the representative’s name.

Current Vacancies:

GSA: Media, Programming, Professional Development, Family

GSA Committees

Committee Name Graduate Rep(s) [email@rice.edu]
Grants

The Grants Committee meets monthly to overview grant applications and allocate funds for GSA grants.  This includes the GSA Student Travel Grant, GSA Activities Grant, and GSA Enrichment Grant.

Santiago Sosa [sansosa]

Satya Bellamkonda [skb6]

Brittany Bradford [brittany.bradford]

Vitalii Berbuz [gerbuz]

Sydney Gibson [smg7]

Edward Valentin [edward.valentin]

Chen Zuo [chen.zuo]

Xiang Zhang [xz34]

 Community Service
The Community Service Committee plans on- and off-campus community service events to provide graduate students a means for giving back to campuswide, local, and/or international sources.

Eva Jin [yj20]

Gisele Calderon [gac7]

Jacob Albritton [ja28]

Roger Ding [roger.ding]

Joseph Young [jy46]

Jayvee Abella [jra8]

Jason Guo [jlg19]

Alivia Brown [alivia.v.brown]

Enguang Zhou [ez9]

 Media
The Media Committee cover the advertising and marketing of GSA events, as well as document events on the GSA website and social media accounts.  Check us out on Twitter @RiceGSA and Instagram @Rice_GSA!

Eva Jin [yj20]

Sheila Mayfield [sheila.mayfield]

Jugnu Agrawal [ja33]

 Professional Development
The Professional Development Committee coordinates with the Center for Career Development and other relevant professional offices on campus to provide Professional Development programming.  It also works to maintain relations with graduate student alumni.

Ziyi Zhu [zz27]

Yanan Tan [yt27]

Shah Saad Alam [sa59]

Elena Valdez [evv1]

Sean Romito [sean.romito]

Sheila Mayfield [sheila.mayfield]

Sharan Naribole [nsharan]

Jugnu Agrawal [ja33]

Brittany Bradford [brittany.bradford]

Mehbuba Tanzid [mt37]

Jing Jin [jj29]

Ning Zhu [nz9]

Enguang Zhou [ez9]

 Programming
The GSA Social Committee plans various GSA community events and other programming throughout the year to engage the graduate student community. This includes the GSA Picnics, cultural events, and other GSA sponsored programs.

Ziyi Zhu [zz27]

Jacob Albritton [ja28]

Roger Ding [roger.ding]

Yanan Tan [yt27]

Elena Valdez [evv1]

Sean Romito [sean.romito]

Vitalii Gerbuz [gerbuz]

Santiago Martinez [sm79]

Alivia Brown [alivia.v.brown]

University Committees

Graduate Students can serve as graduate representative on University-level committees to ensure the graduate student voice is heard at higher administrative levels.

Committee Name Graduate Rep(s) [email@rice.edu]
Athletics

The Athletics Committee meets once a month to discuss support of athletes on campus and their experience at Rice. Each representative serves on a sub-committee and makes a report at one meeting per year and there is always lunch at the meeting.

View the official charges of the Athletics Committee.

 Samantha Paulsen [sam.paulsen]
Center for Teaching Excellence Liason

The Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University seeks to transform teaching through mentoring, innovative practices, collaboration, scholarship, and advocacy. The CTE actively engages faculty, staff, students, and community partners, and brings them into conversation to achieve excellence in teaching and learning.  This committee is a great fit for students who want to become future professors, or anyone who wants to learn more about effective teaching methods and mentoring.

Visit their official site for more information.

Emily Thomas [eet2]
Council on Diversity and Inclusion (CODI)

The Council on Diversity and Inclusion aims to create and sustain an open and inclusive environment for all members of the Rice community and students.  The Council work on various objectives throughout the year, which includes topics on (but is not limited to) multicultural and multiethnic graduate life, gender and sexuality inclusivity, and disability services.

View their official site for more information.

Sydney Gibson [smg7]
Commencement Speaker
Both undergraduates and graduate students sit on the Commence Speaker Committee to recommend potential speakers for the upcoming commencement.  These recommendations are given to the university president.

Sydney Gibson [smg7]

Catherine Majors [cm35]

Graduate Council

Graduate Council is an advisory committee to the faculty senate on academic affairs. Issues related to graduate curriculum are discussed by the Graduate Council. Matters ranging from the academic policy on dismissal of student and approval of new departmental majors, to deciding recipients of the coveted graduate student endowed fellowships each year. Graduate Council meets 4-6 times a year with timings generally being fairly flexible.

View the official charges of the Graduate Council.

Catherine Majors [cm35]
IT Council (ITC)

The Information Technology Council (ITC) facilitates the continuous communication required to anticipate, introduce, and maintain teaching and research technologies on the Rice campus. Faculty, staff, and student representatives provide advice on technology priorities for academic, administrative, and research computing as well as facilitating communication across the Rice community.

View their official site for more information.

 Raymond Ma [raymond]
Laboratory Safety

View their official site for more information.

Robert Pinnick [rpinnick]
Library

The Fondren Library Committee meets once or twice a semester to determine library procedures and evaluate the needs of students and staff for acquisitions, storage, and electronic resources. The graduate student representative on this committee will represent graduate interests for ALL the disciplines and departments as the graduate representative on this committee.

View their official site for more information.

Sapna Chhabra [sc65]
Parking

The Parking Committee handles matters related to parking policies on campus and at the BRC. This includes matters concerning parking spaces and rates as well as distribution of relevant information to graduate students.

View their official site for more information.

Mary Natoli [men2]

John Sexton [john.t.sexton]

Passport to Houston Representative

Passport to Houston is a program designed to engage the Rice community with the city of Houston in order to encourage students to be more community-oriented, socially-engaged, and culturally-aware.  The Passport to Houston Committee identifies and builds relationships with regional institutions that offer students educational and cultural opportunities for intellectual, social, and professional growth. The Passport program promotes and highlights these organizations by providing free or discounted admission.

View their official site for more information.

Eva Jin [yj20]
Rice Women’s Resource Center Liaison

The Rice Women’s Resource Center’s vision is to increase awareness of and sensitivity to gender issues in order to build a more supportive, dynamic atmosphere on campus. Through a series of educational and social events and programs, they strive to actively engage with diverse identities and facilitate critical discussion of gender issues. The center also serves as an innovative platform and safe space for expression and development of philosophies and ideologies.

View their official site for more information.

Nikki Thadani [nnt3]
Student Activities and President’s Programming Fund Allocation (SAPP)

The committee reviews grant applications received for the Student Activities and President’s Programming Fund. Each year, the Office of Student Activities gives out more than $40,000 in grants to various clubs and organizations to be used for activities and events benefiting students on campus. The SAPP committee meets 4 times each semester, in 1 hour long meetings over dinner to discuss applications and allocate grant money.

View their official site for more information.

 Pratiksha Dongare [pdd3]

Shelly Cheng [hc18]

Student Health Insurance

The Health Insurance Committee works to choose a student health insurance plan. Although students have no vote on the final plan that is selected, graduate student opinions and needs are voiced though this committee.  Committee members are also expected to help produce an annual report on how the health plan is performing and serving Rice students, which is to be given to the president and published publicly. Other duties may include improving informational materials (websites, brochures) and helping to answer questions during graduate orientation – health insurance panel. The committee meets roughly once every 2 months for 1-2 hours. It is preferable for this position to be considered a multi-year commitment, as it takes some time to become familiar with the subject.

View their official site for more information.

Tayo Ajayi [ta21]

Alexa Solazzo [als20]

Eva Jin [yj20]

Teaching

Teaching Committee meets 2-3 times per semester. In the Fall semester, the committee reviews teaching evaluations for faculty up for promotion and tenure, and summarizing their performance in a few paragraphs. In the Spring semester, the committee reviews applications for teaching grants offered by the university.

Official charges for the Committee on Teaching can be viewed here.

Brittany Bradford [brittany.bradford]
University Committee on Research

The University Committee on Research serves to inform the administration of any problems and opportunities that relate to University research policies, the ability of the faculty and students to engage in research, and the ability of faculty and student to engage in other scholarly activities. This can include, but is not limited to, Lab Safety, IACUC policies, and policies regarding graduate research.

View their official site for more information.

Catherine Majors [cm35]
Wellbeing

The Wellbeing Committee’s goal is to discuss issues of wellbeing at Rice, which include mental health and physical health of graduate students. Student representatives will work closely with administrators from the Counseling and Wellbeing Centers and advocate for graduate student needs and wellbeing resources.

View their official site for more information.

 Tayo Ajayi [ta21]

Ning Zhu [nz9]

Cecily Rivers [clr5]

 

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