Graduate Student Ambassadors

Who are the Graduate Student Ambassadors?

Ambassadors are current graduate students at Rice University! They are a great resource to use when wondering what life is like at Rice.

Connect with an Ambassador

Connect with one of our student ambassadors via the form here!

Make sure to register for our upcoming events, and check out our grad student blog here.

Our mission

The mission of the Rice Graduate Student Ambassadors is to equip prospective graduate students with accurate, honest information about graduate study. We share our unique experiences and provide informal mentoring, striving to empower prospective students to make the best choice possible for themselves, regardless of where they ultimately study.

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Elsa Acosta de Anda, Rice University
Elsa Acosta de Anda

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering | Languages: English, Spanish


Fariha Ahmad, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Fariha Ahmad

Home Country: USA | Program: Bioengineering | Language: English


Robyn Alba, Graduate Student Ambassador
Robyn Alba

Home Country: USA | Program: Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Diana Alvarado, Graduate Student Ambassador
Diana Alvarado

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering | Languages: English, Spanish


Aosheen Anand, Graduate Student Ambassador
Aosheen Anand

Home Country: India | Program: Chemistry | Languages: English, Hindi, Punjabi


Facundo Arredondo, Graduate Student Ambassador
Facundo Arredondo

Home Country: Argentina | Program: Data Science | Languages: Spanish, English, Italian

Devesh Awasthi, Graduate Student Ambassador
Devesh Awasthi

Home Country: India | Program: Chemistry | Languages: English, Hindi


Graduate student ambassador and Ph.D. student Marquise Bell
Marquise Bell

Home Country: USA | Program: Mechanical Engineering | Languages: English


Maria Astrid Campos Mata, Rice University
Astrid Campos Mata

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Materials Science and NanoEngineering | Languages: English, Spanish

Rodolfo Cantu, Graduate Student Ambassador
Rodolfo Cantu

Home Country: USA | Program: Materials Science and NanoEngineering | Languages: English, Spanish


Manuel Carmona Pichardo, Ph.D. student and graduate student ambassador at Rice University
Manuel Carmona Pichardo

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Chemistry | Languages: Spanish, English


Isha Chakraborty, Graduate Student Ambassador
Isha Chakraborty

Home Country: USA | Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering | Languages: English, Bengali

Chun-Ying Chao, Rice University Graduate Student
Chun-Ying Chao

Home Country: Taiwan | Program: Civil & Environmental Engineering | Languages: English, Taiwanese, Mandarin


Ying Chen, Rice graduate student ambassador
Ying Chen

Home Country: China | Program: Chemistry | Languages: Chinese


Will Choi, Graduate Student Ambassador at Rice University
Chi Hun Choi

Home Country: South Korea | Program: Materials Science & NanoEngineering | Languages: Korean, English, Spanish

Alina Chow, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Alina Chow

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemistry


Alan Covarrubias, Graduate Student Ambassador
Alan Covarrubias

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Applied Physics | Languages: Spanish, English, German


Carol De Groote Tavares, Graduate Student Ambassador
Carol De Groote Tavares

Home Country: Brazil | Program: Biochemistry and Cell Biology | Languages: English, Portuguese

Esteban Dodero-Rojas, Ph.D. student and graduate student ambassador at Rice University
Esteban Dodero-Rojas

Home Country: Costa Rica | Program: Systems, Synthetic & Physical Biology


Michelle Duran Chaves, graduate Ambassador
Michelle Duran Chaves

Home Country: Costa Rica | Program: Chemistry | Language: English, Spanish


Enina Egiebor, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Enina Egiebor

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | Languages: English, French, Edo

Annie Finneran, Rice University Graduate Ambassador
Annie Finneran

Home Country: USA | Program: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


Viraj Ghosh, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Viraj Ghosh

Home Country: USA | Program: Bioengineering


Victoria Granja, Rice University doctoral student and graduate student ambassador
Victoria Granja

Home Country: Ecuador | Program: Mechanical Engineering | Languages: English, Spanish

Carly Graverson, Rice University grad student ambassador
Carly Graverson

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemistry


Rosa Selenia Guerra Resendez of Rice University
Rosa Selenia Guerra Resendez

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Systems, Synthetic & Physical Biology | Languages: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese


Andrews Gyane, Graduate Student Ambassador
Andrews Gyane

Home Country: Ghana | Program: Political Science | Languages: English, Twi

Dallas Havens, Rice Graduate Ambassador
Dallas Havens

Home Country: USA | Program: Philosophy | Languages: English


Daniela Hikari Yano, Graduate Student Ambassador
Daniela Hikari Yano

Home Country: Brazil | Program: Physics | Languages: English, Portuguese


Chia Hsieh, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador in EEB
Chia Hsieh

Home Country: Taiwan | Program: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology| Languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, English

Jennifer Hunter, Rice University Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies at Rice University
Jennifer Hunter

Assistant Dean | Graduate Student Ambassador Staff Contact


Trang Huynh, Graduate Student Association
Trang Huynh

Home Country: Vietnam | Program: Political Science | Languages: Vietnamese, English, Japanese


Rodrigo Ibarra Garcia Padilla, Rice University BioSciences
Rodrigo Ibarra Garcia Padilla

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Biochemistry and Cell Biology | Languages: English, Spanish, French

Onyekachi Idigo, Graduate Student Ambassador at Rice University
Onyekachi Idigo

Home Country: Nigeria | Program: Biosciences | Languages: English and Igbo


Sathvik Ajay Iyengar
Sathvik Ajay Iyengar

Home Country: India | Program: Materials Science and NanoEngineering Program | Languages: English, Japanese, Tamil, Kannada


Esther Jimenez, Rice University graduate student and ambassador
Esther Jimenez

Home Country: USA | Program: Biochemistry & Cell Biology | Languages: English, Spanish

Mackenzie Jones, Graduate Student Ambassador
Mackenzie A. Jones

Home Country: USA | Program: Master of Science in Bioscience and Health Policy | Languages: English, Spanish


Maranda Joyce, graduate student ambassdor and PhD candidate at Rice University
Maranda Joyce

Home Country: USA | Program: Political Science


Salpy Kanimian, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Salpy Kanimian

Home Country: Lebanon | Program: Economics | Languages: Armenian, Arabic, English, and others

Ph.D. student and graduate student ambassador Mirae Sunny Kim
Mirae (Sunny) Kim

Home Country: South Korea | Program: Computer Science | Languages: English, Korean


Natalie Kokroko, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Natalie Kokroko

Home Country: Ghana | Program: Computer Science | Languages: English, French


Vinod Kumar, a Ph.D. student at Rice University and a Graduate Student Ambassador
Vinod Kumar

Home Country: Pakistan | Program: Materials Science and NanoEngineering | Languages: English, Urdu, Sindhi, Dhatki

Nhi Le, Rice Graduate Ambassador
Nhi Le

Home Country: Vietnam | Program: Statistics | Languages: English, Vietnamese


Rui Liu, Graduate Student Ambassador
Rui Liu

Home Country: China | Program: Chemistry | Languages: Chinese, English


Seiichi Matsuda
Seiichi Matsuda

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

Fernanda Morales, Ph.D. student and graduate student ambassador at Rice University
Fernanda Morales-Calva

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Psychological Sciences | Languages: English, Spanish, French


Yuya Nakatani, Rice Grad School Ambassador and Ph.D. student
Yuya Nakatani

Home Country: Japan | Program: Chemistry | Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese


Asahi Obata, Graduate Student Ambassador
Asahi Obata

Home Country: Japan | Program: Political Science | Languages: Japanese, English

Erin Porter, Ph.D. student and graduate student ambassador at Rice University
Erin Porter

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering | Languages: English


Neethu Pottackal, Rice University Materials Science Grad Student
Neethu Pottackal

Home Country: USA | Program: Materials Science and NanoEngineering | Languages: English, Malayalam


Agustin Prinetti, Graduate Student Ambassador
Agustin Prinetti

Home Country: Argentina | Program: Political Science | Languages: Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), Italian (Fluent), French (Beginner)

Luisa Rezende. Graduate Student Ambassador
Luisa Rezende

Home Country: Brazil | Program: Biochemistry and Cell Biology | Languages: Portuguese, English


Dinora Nicole Rodriguez, graduate student ambassador at Rice University in Houston Texas
Dinora Rodriguez

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemistry | Languages: English, Spanish


Edgar Ruiz Bello, Graduate Student Ambassador at Rice University
Edgar Ruiz

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering | Languages: English, Spanish

Andrés Sánchez, Rice University Graduate Ambassador
Andrés Sánchez

Home Country: Mexico | Program: Chemistry | Languages: English, Spanish, German


Juan Hevia, Graduate Student Ambassador
Juan Segundo Hevia

Home Country: Argentina | Program: Data Science | Languages: Spanish, English


Lul Sharif, Ph.D. student and graduate student ambassador at Rice University
Lul Sharif

Home Country: USA | Program: Chemistry

Jae'la Solomon, Graduate Student Ambassador
Jae'la Solomon

Home Country: USA | Program: English | Languages: English


Ken W. Ssennyimba, Rice grad student ambassador
Ken Ssennyimba

Home Country: Uganda | Program: Applied Physics | Languages: English, Luganda


Daziyah Sullivan, Rice University doctoral student and graduate student ambassador
Daziyah Sullivan

Home Country: USA | Program: Mechanical Engineering

Arthur Steve Tchoneteck, Rice University Ph.D. student
Arthur Steve Tchoneteck

Home Country: Cameroon | Program: Statistics | Languages: French, English, Nguembah (my dialect)


Akpan Ubong-Abasi Asukwo, graduate student ambassador at Rice University
Akpan Ubong-Abasi Asukwo

Home Country: Nigeria | Program: Religion | Languages: English, Yoruba, Igbo, Ibibio


Rice University graduate student Utana Umezaki
Utana Umezaki

Home Country: Japan | Program: Chemistry | Languages: Japanese, English

Sofia Urbina, Graduate Student Ambassador
Sofia Urbina

Home Country: Honduras | Program: Mechanical Engineering | Languages: English, Spanish


Kayla Vokt, Rice University grad student and ambassador
Kayla Vokt

Home Country: USA | Program: Electrical and Computer Engineering


Bohan Zhang, Rice University Graduate Student Ambassador
Bohan Zhang

Home Country: China | Program: History | Languages: English, Chinese