About | Dean's Staff

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is here for you! Our staff, along with your academic program administrator, will be your academic partners as you pursue your graduate degree. Our office handles thesis submission, candidacy declaration, graduate student career development, payroll and tuition, fellowship and funding guidance, community building, student support for wellbeing and academic issues, and special events. Meet our team below, view our office hours, or contact our office at (713) 348-4002 or graduate@rice.edu.

Pia Byrd
Pia Byrd

Student Support Manager


Kate Cross, Rice University
Kate Cross

Associate Dean


Bridgitt Dickey
Bridgitt Dickey

Enrollment and Academic Records Manager

Vanessa Espinoza
Vanessa Espinoza

Postdoctoral Associate


Jennifer Hunter
Jennifer Hunter

Assistant Dean


Armeshia Love, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Rice University
Armeshia Love

Administrative Assistant

Seiichi Matsuda
Seiichi Matsuda

Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies; E. Dell Butcher Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Biochemistry & Cell Biology


Taylor Smith, Rice University Student Development and Recruitment Administrator
Taylor Smith

Student Development and Recruitment Administrator


Elizabeth Tippee, Rice University Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Elizabeth Tippee

Registration and Financial Aid Specialist

Allison Vogt
Allison Vogt

Associate Dean of Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator


Carrie Willard, Rice University Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
Carrie Willard

Assistant Dean


Brooke Woosley, GPS
Brooke Woosley

Financial Aid and Systems Manager