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Consultants Meet Students to Discuss Their Works-in-Progress

Aja

Art History

Aja

Statement of Research Interests
Aja Martin is a doctoral Candidate in Art History studying twentieth-century art and film of Italy. Her dissertation, “But for Dark: Lucio Fontana’s Grotesque World,” underlines the significance of darkness as a meaningful counter to his propositions in light and space. Beginning with careful visual analysis, her project reveals how the works formulate vital boundaries—formal, historical and conceptual—that can help us see Fontana’s practice as productive rather than nihilist, or concerned with the end of art.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I prioritize student learning and work backward from there. This approach leads me to develop and use methods that acknowledge the many ways of learning, and the broad spectrum of learners.
Other Commitments
I am a member of the Black Graduate Student Association and a Graduate Liaison for the Center for Teaching and Excellence. I am a member of various scholarly organizations and love trying out new recipes, and visiting museums in my free time.

Summary

Hometown Houston, TX
Graduate Department Art History
Graduate Fields Modern European and American Art

Alen

Bioengineering

Alen

Statement of Research Interests
I am broadly interested in the application of tissue engineering and biomaterials to overcome primary challenges in regenerative and personalized medicine. More specifically, I am actively working to understand how rationally designed tissue engineered scaffolds guide functional cellular differentiation. Ultimately, this work looks to influence, and improve, the way clinically relevant tissues are produced at scale.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
It has been my personal experience that writing is a collaborative and iterative process and that anyone can improve their communication skills with the help of thoughtful, constructive, and regular feedback. My goal as a consultant is to be a reliable resource for anyone in the Rice community who seeks to communicate their ideas and stories with more cogency. As someone who learned English as a second language, I particularly look forward to working with other bilingual students in developing their unique styles.
Other Commitments
Off campus, I serve with my dog George, a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, as a member of Faithful Paws, a pet therapy organization where we visit rehabilitation centers and hospitals and provide much needed animal companionship. Aside from that, in my free time I indulge in maximizing credit card points and trips to Costco.

Summary

Hometown New York, NY
Graduate Department Bioengineering
Graduate Fields Tissue Engineering,Biomaterials and Drug Delivery

Alissa

Social Policy Analysis, Visual and Dramatic Arts

Alissa

Hello! My name is Alissa, and I am so excited to work with all of you at the CAPC. Alongside studying Social Policy Analysis and Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice, my interests and activities include the Rice debate team (GRBFS), Rice Young Democrats, and voter registration. In addition, I am currently pre-law and hope to pursue a career involving public policy and activism. My goal in teaching is to provide tools and develop effective habits for sustainable communication skills. In this process, I hope to propel overall growth and give my students the confidence and excitement to utilize their communication skills outside of the classroom. 

Summary

Hometown Houston, TX
College Wiess
Majors Social Policy Analysis, Visual and Dramatic Arts

Andrea

Kinesiology - Sports Medicine

Andrea

Hello! My name is Andrea, and I’m delighted to work with you all. I’m a Pre-PT Kinesiology major with a heart for working with people. That inclination propels much of what I do. It explains why I love working here at the CAPC, am training to become an EMT, and do research in the Kinesiology department working with elementary school students. Other hobbies include journaling extensively (writing is a safe haven for me). I’m an avid learner. I love agendas, pens, and traveling. My friends, faith, and family are integral parts of who I am. I strive to always work with intentionality and endeavor to provide support and clarity in the communication process during my sessions.

Summary

Hometown Houston, TX
College Martel
Majors Kinesiology - Sports Medicine

andres

Political Science

andres

Statement of Research Interests
I am currently working on projects that analyze legislative behavior and corruption. I am from Paraguay so I mostly focus on analyzing these topics in a Latin American context. However, sometimes research questions lead me to study countries and regions outside of Latin America.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
The mantra that was drilled into me when I was studying journalism as an undergrad was: "precision of language; concision of style." What I try to do is help students find the root of what they're trying to say, and I help them get that point across in a simple, understandable manner.
Other Commitments
This semester I will be a TA for the "Intro to Comparative Politics" course.

Summary

Hometown Asuncion, Paraguay
Graduate Department Political Science
Graduate Fields Comparative Politics

annie

English

annie

Statement of Research Interests
My work seeks to find points of intersection between academic feminism/gender studies, currently developing theories in environment, and contemporary cultural representations of climate change. I am particularly interested in the way these intersections find voice in writing, film, and other art produced by indigenous peoples in the U.S
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
My most firmly held belief about writing is that it is a practice. As such, my commitment is always to helping students find a way to integrate that practice into their academic pursuits in ways that allow them to best express themselves in their chosen fields.
Other Commitments
Crocheter, moviegoer, cat owner, and bike rider!

Summary

Hometown Arlington, Texas
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields Environmental Studies,Feminism,Contemporary Literature

autumn

Psychology

autumn

Statement of Research Interests
I use behavioral and neuroimaging methods to understand the contributions of memory to language production and comprehension.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I believe in the power of stories to open minds and create change. Whenever you write, you are participating in a powerful act of storytelling. It is my job to help you make your story as interesting and concise as possible. It is my goal that in the process of working together we both become better writers and storytellers.
Other Commitments
I volunteer as an ESOL teacher for refugees living and working in Houston. I also work with a program called Ready for School which provides resources to help prepare refugee children and their parents for public school in the United States. In what is left of my free time, I enjoy cooking new recipes and getting out of the city for camping and rock climbing trips with my husband.

Summary

Hometown Ware Shoals, SC
Graduate Department Psychology
Graduate Fields Cognitive Science,Psycholinguistics

Bren

English

Bren

Statement of Research Interests
I study literatures of the internet and fiction about the end of the world; I'm interested in the ways people understand themselves and their communities when their future is murky.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I believe that students should have autonomy in determining the terms of educational relationships. I prefer pedagogical methods which foster accessibility, communication, and collaboration.
Other Commitments
SEL Hobby Editorial Fellow, HGSA Communications Chair, Mellon Graduate Research Fellow

Summary

Hometown San Mateo, CA
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields Ecology,apocalypses,the Internet

carolyn

Art History

carolyn

Statement of Research Interests
I specialize in late medieval and early modern European art, and my dissertation centers on early modern northern European images of Muslims from the period 1400 to 1700 with a particular focus on representations by Netherlandish artists. My primary argument is that the majority of people living in early modern Europe gained their ideas about what Muslims looked like, how they dressed, and how they lived their lives and practiced their religion through encounters with the artwork of northern European artists, particularly with prints made after drawings. In this way, it was these northern European artists who were creating an understanding of Turks, Ottomans of other ethnicities, and other Muslims not only for an entire continent but also far beyond to the New World since such prints eventually would be brought there as well.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Improving one’s writing is a lifelong journey. And though I have worked hard to improve my own writing over the past several years as I have developed my dissertation project, I have learned that one of the best ways to continue to advance the quality of my own writing is to help others in their journey as writers. In particular, identifying the difficulties that others have with their writing and helping them to work on skills such as eliminating jargon, streamlining sentence structure, and finding their voices are activities that assist me in my own ongoing journey as a writer and a communicator. I learned early on that revision is the key to successful writing, and I strive to impart this knowledge in my work as a Communication Consultant. Moreover, as a reader of images, I appreciate that the CAPC understands the importance of communicating visually and learning to thoughtfully interpret visual culture over time.
Other Commitments
Over the years, I have held several curatorial internships and fellowships at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Frick Collection, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In my work at the MFAH, I composed and edited eight catalogue entries for the museum’s exhibition on one of the seventeenth century’s most talented and prolific printmakers, Jacques Callot. I have further had the pleasure of serving Rice’s graduate student community as an officer for the GSA and the Humanities GSA and most recently as co-organizer of the Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies, a nationally recognized annual conference that traveled to Rice in 2016.

Summary

Hometown Carpinteria, California
Graduate Department Art History
Graduate Fields Late Medieval and Early Modern European Art

Claire

Political Science; Social Policy Analysis

Claire

Hello! My name is Claire, and I'm a junior double majoring in political science and social policy analysis. When I'm not busy with academic work, I love playing violin and listening to music. My main extracurricular activity at Rice is playing violin in The Marching Owl Band (MOB); this year I am the Drum Major for The MOB. My other hobbies include reading, working puzzles, and cheering on the Houston Astros baseball team. I'm very excited to begin working as a consultant for the CAPC this year. I've always enjoyed writing, and I truly believe that learning how to effectively communicate ideas, whether it be through writing or through oral presentations, is one of the most important skills a student can develop during their time in college. I look forward to helping my peers better express their ideas, hopefully showing my fellow students that writing essays and giving presentations are not nearly as daunting tasks as they often appear.

Summary

Hometown Spring, TX
College Brown
Majors Political Science; Social Policy Analysis

Curtis

Kinesiology (Sports Medicine)

Curtis

My name is Curtis, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you here at the CAPC! Raised in Massachusetts, you might catch me donning a Patriots jersey; Boston sports run in my blood! Nonetheless, I am a country boy at heart. A day wouldn't be complete without enjoying some songs by Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, or Luke Combs. When I find myself with extra time, I may make use of it by training in martial arts, tinkering with off-road vehicles, or taking in the sun on an outdoor adventure. As a consultant, I strive to provide valuable feedback at any point in the communications process - feedback that can be applied towards actionable goals and give individuals the confidence to move forward with their work. I also strive to reinforce the essential elements of the communications process and aid in the development of stronger, more confident communicators.

Summary

Hometown Southborough, MA
College Sid Richardson
Majors Kinesiology (Sports Medicine)

Daniel

Philosophy

Daniel

Statement of Research Interests
I am currently working on an account of the experiential structure of wellbeing and moral status which is being supervised by Uriah Kriegel. My goal is also to apply this model to three cases. First, to patients in a “vegetative” state. On the model I am developing, these subjects have conscious experiences which suffice to give them “full” moral status, unlike the current dominant views. The other two cases involve cerebral organoids—three-dimensional biological structures grown in vitro—and Artificial Intelligence. The account would specify the conditions under which such entities should be considered welfare subjects and have moral status, as well as the moral consequences thereof.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy breaks down into two components: required knowledge and understanding of the subject matter as well as improvement and refinement of related skills such as writing, reading, and critical thinking. With respect to my role at CAPC my focus is on the second component with the student leading in what area they would like assistance.
Other Commitments
I like to watch and play soccer and basketball.

Summary

Hometown London, Ontario
Graduate Department Philosophy
Graduate Fields Philosophy of Mind,Philosophy of Cognitive Psychology,Moral Psychology

drew

Political Science, Sport Management

drew

Hello, my name is Drew and I'm very excited to be joining the CAPC team this year. I am a sophomore at Wiess looking to double major in Political Science and Sport Management. I have always enjoyed writing, but my great experience with my FWIS last year really pushed me to join the CWOVC (now CAPC). I'm looking forward to the opportunity to work with my peers with a crucial skill like communication. In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends, watching sports, and spending time outdoors. Additionally, I hope to continue my passion for student journalism by joining the Thresher staff this year, as well as to participate in intramural sports again this year.

Summary

Hometown Columbus, Ohio
College Weiss College
Majors Political Science, Sport Management

Jessica

Anthropology

Jessica

Statement of Research Interests
My research focuses on the role of surveillance and policing technologies in livable futures. As a legal and political anthropologist, I am fundamentally interested in personhood and illegality within ethical and technical entanglements. These interests are rooted in my ethnographic fieldwork with organizers and police officers. My dissertation traces how technolegal devices embody moral distinctions, pose questions about race and colonialism, help people imagine liveable futures, and addresses questions of secrecy and intimacy in contemporary United States.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Learning how to clearly convey one’s thoughts and opinions is a skill that is useful in any discipline or field. At the Center for Academic and Professional Communication, we foster dialogue about the nuances of writing. At appointments, I aim to meaningfully contribute to students’ learning of communication skills by helping them manage self-doubts, promote kindness for their writing process, and cultivate a unique voice. While, the art of writing and communication is a lifelong journey, I help increase the effectiveness of one’s written, oral, and visual communication skills.
Other Commitments
On campus, I teach a FWIS course and volunteer as a graduate liaison for the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). While being a full-time graduate student eats up most of my time outside of class, I make time for nail art, playing with my cats, and watching TV.

Summary

Hometown Longview, Texas
Graduate Department Anthropology
Graduate Fields Cultural Anthropology; The Study of Women,Gender,and Sexuality

jonas

Computational and Applied Mathematics

jonas

Statement of Research Interests
My current research focuses on automated detection and measurement of liver cancer from medical imaging data. For these tasks, I am developing novel image segmentation techniques that combine partial differential equations and neural networks. More broadly, I am interested in exploring the interfaces between mathematics, machine learning, and computation.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Effective communication focuses on constructing simple, straightforward messages, packaged to emphasize their key components. Constructing such messages requires skill, patience, and practice. I aim to impart these three fundamentals to those I instruct.
Other Commitments
I have previously served as president and secretary for the SIAM Rice Student Chapter, and have mentored high school students in my role as a youth adviser at a local synagogue. I am a passionate Houston Astros fan, an avid science fiction reader, and an amateur board games enthusiast.

Summary

Hometown Houston, TX
Graduate Department Computational and Applied Mathematics
Graduate Fields Biomedical informatics,functional analysis,numerical linear algebra

Jordin

Chemistry

Jordin

Statement of Research Interests
I work on using chemistry and nanotechnology for water treatment. My research includes using the interaction between nanoparticles and light to generate heat for light-driven desalination, as well as developing nano-catalysts to degrade harmful pollutants in water.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I believe that good teachers are able to communicate clearly and simply, connect with their students/audience, and practice active listening. Teaching, like writing, requires practice and feedback to improve. In my teaching at the CAPC, as well as in other areas of my life, I am constantly seeking to help my students reach their goals while sharing their story with the audience in a relatable and clear manner.
Other Commitments
I am the GSA Sustainability Director, working to improve sustainability in graduate student activities and throughout Rice. I run the club Rice Salseros, spreading the love of salsa dancing to the Rice community. I love reading, dancing, cooking, and baking.

Summary

Hometown Philadelphia, PA
Graduate Department Chemistry
Graduate Fields Nanotechnology,Water Treatment

Kamryn

Kinesiology: Sports Medicine

Kamryn

Hello to all, I am excited to be apart of the CAPC and offer any help that I can. Outside of academics, I enjoy dancing, going to the pool and watching basketball. I used to be a competitive gymnast as well as a competitive dancer but now my energy is focused into working in the field of rehabilitation and sports injury. My values are faith and family and I encourage you all to always reach out when you need help.

Summary

Hometown Brooklyn,NY
College Jones College
Majors Kinesiology: Sports Medicine

katie

Anthropology

katie

Statement of Research Interests
My research explores Brazilian sugar-based bioeconomies and how these are shaping renewable energy futures. I work with scientists who study sugarcane, yeast, and ethanol in Brazil and am interested in considering the material transformations of energy across different scales and organisms in the realm of Brazilian sugarcane bioethanol and other bio-products. The goal of my research is to expand attention to what becomes energy, when, and for whom, in order to better understand how to study emerging energy regimes in the twenty-first century. This research is greatly influenced by my background in molecular biology.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
A great argument won't be effective if it's not communicated well, in any discipline or field. I hope to help make any text the best version of itself it can be, and to share skills and strategies for future writing and revising.
Other Commitments
On campus I help coordinate the Ethnography Studio, as well as the Mutant Anthropologies yearly graduate research workshop. I am a predoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and a Digital Content Editor for the journal Cultural Anthropology. I enjoy riding my bike, swimming laps in the Rice pool, and baking bread.

Summary

Hometown Seattle, Washington
Graduate Department Anthropology
Graduate Fields undefined

kevin

English

kevin

Statement of Research Interests
I'm a PhD student in the Department of English. My research interests include the history of science, ecocriticism, science & technology studies, and narrative theory. My research has been focused primarily on 17th and 18th century English literature, and in particular, the ways in which literature and art influenced the development of theories of energy as well as the production of industrial technologies.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I believe there is no such thing as a perfect piece of writing. All the writing we do can be improved in some way, no matter how big or small those improvements might end up being. I think this also helps to manage expectations, for once we accept the impossibility of "perfect" writing, we can learn to be content with what we are capable of producing.
Other Commitments
I am a predoctoral fellow with the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS), a Diana Hobby editorial fellow at SEL Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, and a member of the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory (3CT).

Summary

Hometown Clifton, Virginia
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields Literature,Science and Technology Studies

lauryn

History

lauryn

Hi, my name is Lauryn and I'm a sophomore at Jones College. I am majoring in History with a minor in Politics, Law, and Social Thought. At Rice, I play intramural sand volleyball, and I am a secretary in the Cabinet at Jones. I also enjoy baking, reading, and traveling. I'm excited to be working at the CAPC this year because I want to help others communicate their ideas effectively. I look forward to working with you!

Summary

Hometown Louisville, KY
College Jones College
Majors History

Linda

Psychology; Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Medical Humanities Minor

Linda

Hello! My name is Linda, and I'm thrilled to work with you all at the CAPC! Here at Rice, I am studying Psychology, Biochemistry & Cell Biology, and Medical Humanities, but my interests also extend outside of class. Often, you can find me strolling around campus with Brochstein's chai latte, swinging in Fondren’s banana hammocks, or volunteering at Ben Taub County Hospital as part of the Patient Discharge Initiative. In addition, I am passionate about addressing health disparities through improving intercultural communication, bridging gaps in health literacy, and focusing on the storytelling aspect of medicine. I believe each of us has a compelling story to tell-- a story with the power to build connection, increase understanding, and move others to take action. Developing our skills as storytellers is a powerful and precious resource. I can't wait to get to work with you and hear yours!

Summary

Hometown Chino Hills, California
College Baker College
Majors Psychology; Biochemistry & Cell Biology and Medical Humanities Minor

mallory

English

mallory

Statement of Research Interests
I study post-1945 American literature and think through the implications of that periodization. My work also attends to place studies and tries to make frequent and creative use of the question “where?” My dissertation is on post-World War II reentry narratives, with particular focus on the figure of the World War II veteran. As I think through where, when, and why he appears across texts, I consider veterans vis-a-vis race, gender, embodiment, and displacement. I’m especially interested in the postwar framing of this literature, and the place-worlds veterans’ narratives open.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I try to help students feel more satisfied with how their thinking comes through on the page and encourage students to see themselves more confidently as writers. I also try to emphasize that good writing begins with close reading and benefits from practice. I believe that, when in doubt, writers should aim for clarity. And I’m on a mission to extol - and someday put to practice - the power and persuasion of the short sentence.
Other Commitments
At CAPC, I work as a general consultant and with FWIS-100 students. I’m a certificate student with the Center for Teaching Excellence and serve as a CTE graduate student liaison. I’ve blogged for Rice’s Feminist Forum, and I tutor adult learners at Houston’s Literacy Advance. This year I’m supported by a Mellon Seminar and FWIS instructorship. Outside grad school: frisbee-thrower; student of Italian; ocean-lover.

Summary

Hometown Pitman, New Jersey
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields Post-45 American Literature; place studies; pedagogy

Nina

English

Nina

Statement of Research Interests
I study the intersection between visual and textual "languages" in nineteenth-century England, specifically within the evolution and refinement of the novel form. Formal practices in painting shifted during the nineteenth century and the invention of photography further troubled a traditional understanding of perspective and perception, objective truth and subjective understanding. Writers and artists each had to confront this crisis of vision and argue for the importance of art in mediating our view of the world. I am interested in how innovations in painting and novel writing mirror one another, the similar and disparate ways that these various artists attempt to meet the challenges posed by emerging ideas regarding relativism and empiricism.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I am a staunch advocate of the Socratic Method – the dialectic. Recent studies in the science of teaching and learning show that the “guide at the side” model of teaching (which views the teacher as a coach and emphasizes cooperative learning and classroom discussion) garners better long-term learning results than the antiquated “sage on the stage” model of teaching (in which an expert declaims eloquent lectures to a group of novices). An interactive, discussion-based method allows students greater freedom in asking and answering questions, and it also gives the instructor insight into students’ prior knowledge. In the study of literature, there is often an emphasis on content knowledge, but in my classes, I focus on strategic, skills-oriented knowledge that students can take with them from classroom to classroom. An example of strategic knowledge is teaching contextual analysis (how does the text’s historical framework influence the way we read it) or teaching “close reading” skills (how do the specific words chosen by the author effect meaning). I also advocate, particularly in introductory course, attempting to introduce students to the pleasure of learning. Intellectual pleasure – the joy that comes through learning and mastering a specific skill set – can be transplanted from classroom to classroom, and can even travel between different “schools” of learning; intellectual pleasure can originate in a course in biology or a literature course. Often times, I believe that the prevalence of the “sage on the stage” model of teaching has caused students to believe that the “sage” instructor’s knowledge is something mystical and unattainable, and that it would be impossible for them to master a comparable skill set. By demystifying the art of rhetoric and concretizing the skills needed to do scholarly work, students are able to experience the joy that comes from crafting an argument. The first step to demystifying rhetoric is taking the sage off of the stage; while order must be maintained, the classroom should be a place of cooperative learning, not a declaiming dictatorship.
Other Commitments
Copy Editor at Studies in English Literature (SEL), Civic Humanist Fellow (2020-2021) Cooking, Playing Piano, Drinking Tea

Summary

Hometown Plano, Texas
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields 19th C. British Literature and Culture,History of Optics,Book Illustration,19th C. Painting

olivia

Political Science, History

olivia

Hello! My name is Olivia, and I'm a sophomore at Wiess pursuing a double major in Political Science and History. Outside of the classroom, I spend lots of time playing sports and staying active - I play on the women's club soccer team as well as participate in as many IM's as I can. I also love all things photography and film related, and I'm one of the historians at Wiess. In my free time, I love to travel and explore new places, both around the world and right here in Houston. I'm excited to consult at the CAPC because I've found in my own academic experiences that candid, constructive peer feedback is one of the most valuable tools a writer can use. I look forward to hearing your unique voice and ideas, and helping to make sure you can express them with confidence and clarity!

Summary

Hometown Bethesda, Maryland
College Weiss College
Majors Political Science, History

rachel

Art History

rachel

Statement of Research Interests
My approach to art history is an interdisciplinary one. I study the visual and material culture of the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries in Britain and the United States from an intersectional feminist perspective. Areas of specific research interest include: exhibition culture, the circulation of prints, the decorative arts, public and private mourning, and amateur art and craft.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
As an art historian, I am concerned with effective visual and written communication. I strongly believe in the craft of writing and see it as an essential skill for all academic disciplines. In our society, students are not often encouraged to analyze our rich visual culture, and I seek to promote visual as well as verbal literacy. As a teacher, I aim to foster critical thinking in my students and encourage creative approaches to the production of academic work. I believe that good readers make good writers and the best writing is produced through rewriting!
Other Commitments
In 2015-16, I was a Jameson Fellow for American Decorative Arts at the Bayou Bend Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Currently, I am a Curatorial Intern in American Painting and Sculpture at the MFAH. In addition to my PhD work in art history, I have a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and I am practicing visual artist. I live in Montrose with my husband and a variety of pets.

Summary

Hometown Houston and Chicago
Graduate Department Art History
Graduate Fields Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European Art

randi

English

randi

Statement of Research Interests
I’m interested in how Victorians represent women, forms of family, and the home in print.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I strive to help students gain the ability and confidence to engage in academic, professional, and public discourse.

Summary

Hometown Black Hills, South Dakota
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields 19th-century British literature and culture; women's, gender, and sexuality studies

Sarah

Chemistry, English

Sarah

Hey there! My name is Sarah, and I'm so excited to be joining the consultant team this year. I'm a sophomore from McMurtry studying Chemistry and English, but I'm also really enthusiastic about language learning, TED Talks, nature, and baking. In my time outside of class, I volunteer with the Patient Discharge Initiative at Ben Taub, DJ at KTRU, and write for Rice Catalyst, our undergraduate science magazine. Through written and verbal communication, we can articulate ideas that have the power to inspire and unite us in exciting ways. I am looking forward to working with you to get your own world-changing ideas out there in ways you can be proud of!!

Summary

Hometown Houston, TX
College McMurtry College
Majors Chemistry, English

sean

Bioengineering

sean

Statement of Research Interests
I am interested in how Three-Dimensional Printing techniques can be applied in Tissue Engineering to solve complex clinical challenges. Specifically, I am working on creating scaffolds composed of synthetic and natural polymers, ceramics, and biochemical cues in order to mimic the native physiology of the osteochondral unit. By providing a template with relevant mechanical and biochemical properties, our goal is to enable the body to repair damage to this area by growing new bone and cartilage tissue.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
I believe that effective communication is critical in any discipline, and that the ability to convey ideas in a way the audience will best understand them is just as important as the ideas themselves. I also believe that becoming a great communicator is equal parts iterative and responsive. As a Consultant, my goal is to use my experience to help students refine and clarify their ideas, tailor them to specific audiences, and become more confident in their work.
Other Commitments
In addition to working at the CAPC, I serve as the Internal Assistant Chair for the BIOE Graduate Student Association and as a member of the Grants Committee for the larger GSA, and play indoor volleyball with the graduate student open gym group. In my spare time, I enjoy running, playing video games, reading, building model kits, and cooking.

Summary

Hometown Saint Petersburg, Florida
Graduate Department Bioengineering
Graduate Fields Tissue Engineering,Regenerative Medicine,3D Printing

solveig

English

solveig

Statement of Research Interests
19th and 20th century American literature. Questions of citizenship, immigration, transnationalism, settler colonialism.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Communicating one's thoughts and ideas in an effective way is a skill that is valuable across any discipline. While crafting that skill requires hard work, I am a firm believer in the benefits of play and experimenting with your texts, allowing for multiple tries and seeing the productive aspect of mistakes. My ultimate goal is to help students find clarity, precision and confidence in their work.
Other Commitments
I am a Fulbright student at Rice and a member of the HGSA. And yes, Iceland is Green and Greenland is ice(y).

Summary

Hometown Reykjavík, Iceland
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields The Study of Women,Gender and Sexuality

sonia

English

sonia

Statement of Research Interests
My research rethinks how Mexican-American women have politically and socially worked to make themselves visible within marginalized existences. I look to understand what a self-fashioned Chicana looks like, feels like, and presents like in response to or in spite of societal invisibility.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Thinking of oral and written communication as a process of critical thinking can help us reconsider ideas, objectives, levels of clarity, and aesthetics. We, as scholars, analyze and evaluate our subjects, but, increasingly, we should analyze and evaluate our expressions of processes. In my own writing and teaching of others, my goal is to consistently and constantly bring a level of vulnerability and awareness to communication, allowing academics make space for generative and reflective outcomes.
Other Commitments
As co-president of HGSA, I'm committed to representing and improving the social and academic experiences of humanities students' on our campus. As a self-aware procrastinator, I'm committed to spending far too much time viewing Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube content.

Summary

Hometown Abilene
Graduate Department English
Graduate Fields 19th & 20th Century American Literature,Mexican American literature,Chicanx Studies,Material Culture; Fashion and Visibility

Sumin

Art History, VADA

Sumin

Hello everyone! My name is Sumin Hwang, and I am currently a sophomore studying Art History. Outside of class, I serve as a graphic designer for various on-campus organizations including the Rice Young Democrats and Rice's Student Center. I also love viewing and studying film and work as a projectionist at the Rice Cinema throughout the year. In my free time, I enjoy shooting analog photography, studying fashion, and making near-daily trips to East-West at the RMC. I am passionate about arts engagement and arts accessibility and hope to one day either work in museums or education. As a consultant, my goal is to work collaboratively with students and to create an open dialogue about communication and areas of improvement. As a frequent visitor of the CAPC myself, I feel humbled and lucky to have the opportunity to work as a resource to students and I look forward to working with you all this year!

Summary

Hometown San Diego, CA
College Sid Richardson
Majors Art History, VADA

tim

Anthropology

tim

Statement of Research Interests
My research centers around prophylactic antiretroviral drugs, specifically Teno-Em, a generic version of “PrEP” manufactured by the Thai Government Pharmaceutical Organization. With this research, I’m am interested in entanglements between the contingencies of pharmaceutical infrastructures, sexual health campaigns, sexual rights movements, and new forms of sexual subjectivity. The goal of this research is to better understand the relationship between state and regional health development projects and modern sexual rights movements, specifically through the lens of this new pharmaceutical technology.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Having lived and worked in and across linguistically diverse contexts for years, I’ve come to appreciate that communication is always a two (and often a 3, 4, 5, 6 …) way street – it also inevitably involves some degree of back and forth. An important part of developing strong and persuasive communication is understanding who you are writing for and having an idea of how you are going to be read. I hope to help students improve their writing by encouraging them to be reflexive throughout the writing process.
Other Commitments
On campus, I’m affiliated with the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, as well as the Center for Critical and Cultural Theory. When in Houston, I devote most of my (little) spare time to cooking and eating. I’m also an avid language learner – feel free to chat me up in Mandarin, French, or Thai!

Summary

Hometown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Graduate Department Anthropology
Graduate Fields Gender and Sexuality,Cultural Anthropology,Critical Global Health

Yesmar

Anthropology

Yesmar

Statement of Research Interests
My research focuses on how the race concept affects the everyday lives and practices of dermatology residents as the learn their specialty in a diverse US city. In general, I am interested in the limits of race and the limits of medicine for understanding our everyday lives, our bodies, and the way people work. I strive to produce Black feminist-inflected work that cuts across cultural and medical anthropology, science and technology studies, and the medical humanities.
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
In my teaching, my primary goal is to promote critical thinking. I believe in providing students not with answers, but the appropriate questions with which to engage their work. At the level of communication that might mean critically considering audience, the central message they want to convey, and how a piece of writing or speech connects to broader goals a student might have. Another part of my teaching philosophy is advocacy. I believe that as a teacher, at whatever scale, I have a duty to students to understand and advocate for their needs. Therefore, teaching is also a life-long learning process for me.
Other Commitments
At Rice, being the anthropology department representative for the GSA, a dedicated member of the BGSA, and a founding officer and now member of Minorities in Social Sciences keep me both busy and invigorated. In my spare time, I like to cook and play video games.

Summary

Hometown Carencro, LA
Graduate Department Anthropology
Graduate Fields Cultural Anthropology

Zahrah

Neuroscience and Religion

Zahrah

Hey, everybody! My name is Zahrah and I’m super excited to be working with you all! I’m a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Religion. On campus, I’m involved in Rice BSM, research, and (although it’s an unofficial extra-curricular) I enjoy trying to identify every squirrel on campus. So far, I haven’t had much luck! In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing, listening to Phil Collins, and working on arts and crafts. As a consultant, my goal is to help students navigate the steps of the writing process that they may view as difficult so that in the future, they feel better prepared to do so on their own. Furthermore, I want to teach students that they don’t have to sacrifice their voices as authors to be professional— it’s possible to have both.

Summary

Hometown Missouri City, TX
College Duncan College
Majors Neuroscience and Religion