Resources | Graduate Wellbeing Peers

Are you a graduate student looking for a safe space to navigate the ups and downs of your academic, professional, or personal life? Do you have struggles unique to being a graduate student at Rice that you would like to get perspectives from peers who share similar experiences? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

Graduate Wellbeing Peers is a program offered by the GSA where we provide a listening ear, conversations, and companionship, all in confidentiality, to help graduate students who are struggling in any area in life (eg: depression, anxiety, self-care, work-life balance, and etc). Our volunteers are other graduate students who have undergone training offered by the Wellbeing Office.

Whenever you’re ready to take that step, please feel free to fill out the GWP Connection Form (link) and we will match you with a Graduate Wellbeing Peer based on your interests and requests as best as we can. Then, your assigned Peer will reach out to you through your preferred method of contact and you can keep in contact with them throughout the year.

Last but not least, know that you’re not alone and we’re here for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at if you have any questions, concerns, or requests, or are interested in becoming a Graduate wellbeing peer.

Simon Kiang      

Simon Kiang,

Hi, My name is Simon. I'm in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department PhD program and I mainly research heart pumps. I was raised in Houston and I love giving recommendations on places to go, eat, and see to leave campus for a little and make Houston feel more like home.

Pauline Goodson      

Pauline Goodson,

Hi, My name is Pauline, and I am a 4th year graduate student in the Psychological Sciences. I am working towards my dual-track doctorate in Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Medicine & Health Psychology. I have a husband and a cat, and I enjoy walking, coffee, and scary movies.

Nick Proietti      

Nick Proietti,



Atharva Deshpande      

Atharva Deshpande,



Eric Wuesthoff      

Eric Wuesthoff,

Eric (he/they) is a third-year PhD student in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology who researches the interactions of plants and animals in tropical rainforests. Eric is originally from Massachusetts and enjoys casual hiking and biking, listening to music, and playing DnD with friends.


Sohail Dasgupta,



Peter Pelache      

Peter Pelache,



Diego Padilla      

Diego Fallas Padilla,

Hi, My name is Diego, and I'm currently a 5th year physics PhD candidate working on atomic physics. I'm originally from Costa Rica so I'm always happy to share with other people my experiences being an international student at Rice.