Sabina loves that STEM You Can! not only provides programs for kids but has a constantly growing community of youth leaders running the camps. She is honored to work with such an inspirational team of high school and college students and believes that with passion, motivation, and dedication anyone can become a leader. She is now working with 100+ student volunteers and by 2020, her dream is to train 1,000 youth volunteers and impact 10,000 kids.
In 2016, Sabina was awarded the Jefferson Award, the most prestigious award in the United States for public service, and was recognized at the Jefferson National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sabina is also a recipient of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, a $36,000 philanthropy award given to young entrepreneurs for exceptional leadership. In 2017, she was selected as One of 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women by Her Campus National Magazine.
Sabina London, Founder and President
Sabina is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania who is passionate about helping others and inspiring young people to have an impact in their communities and reach their full potential as leaders. She founded STEM You Can! (formerly known as Girls Science Interactive) when she was 15 years old with the goal of sparking an interest in science in elementary and middle school girls by performing fun, hands-on experiments on topics ranging from space exploration to global warming. She developed a curriculum focused on encouraging collaboration through group projects, discussions, and friendly competitions.
Sabina and her friend Madlen Can ran the first free STEM summer camp in 2014, and the kids absolutely loved it. In 2015, Girls Science Interactive was awarded multiple grants so that it could be offered in more locations. In four years, the organization grew to a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit with 60 summer camps, after school programs, and STEM workshops across the United States to date. In August 2016, Girls Science Interactive was featured on Good Morning America to inspire other teens to make a difference in their communities.
Sam Beard, Co-founder and President of the Jefferson Awards Foundation
In 1972, Sam Beard Co-founded the Jefferson Awards Foundation together with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. to create a Nobel Prize for public service.
Sam Beard’s whole life has been public service beginning with Senator Robert Kennedy in inner city economic development and then chairing a program for the past 8 presidents of the United States, where one result was the creation of more than ten million inner city jobs.
Mr. Beard is a graduate of Yale University and earned a M.A. in History from Columbia University.
Dr. Dennis London graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Molecular Biology with certificates in Quantitative Computational Neuroscience and in Biophysics. At Princeton, Dr. London studied the neural basis of decision-making in animal models in the lab of Dr. Carlos Brody. He then completed the accelerated 3-year MD program at NYU School of Medicine and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. At NYU, Dr. London worked with Dr. Alon Mogilner to study how deep brain stimulation affects decision-making in Parkinson's disease, and he worked with Dr. Werner Doyle to study the electrophysiologic predictors of seizure freedom in epilepsy surgery.
Dr. Dennis London, Neurosurgery Resident, NYU Langone Medical Center
Regional Director for Illinois, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Texas
Anya is a senior at The Hill School, where she is a boarding student. At Hill, she is the president of HASOGI, the school’s alliance for sexual orientation and gender diversity. She is a member of Hill's Inclusion Council and orientation team. Through CARES, a group focused on bettering the local community, she organized benefit concerts to raise money for the homeless. Her other interests include reading, volunteering at local hospitals, and going to the gym. She has interned at Magee Women's Cancer Research Center to investigate immunotherapy for ovarian cancer. Anya plans to pursue a career in
health care, and she wants to ensure that all young girls receive a positive exposure to STEM.
Amanda Zheng is a sophomore at Union County Magnet High School where she enjoys studying STEM any chance she gets such as in Robotics Club and in Science Olympiad. In addition, Amanda takes additional biology courses at the Columbia Science Honors Program because she aspires one day to be a biomedical engineer. Last summer she volunteered at the Liberty Science Center as a Docent Volunteer to share her passion for STEM with others. In her free time, Amanda loves to play volleyball any chance she gets. Amanda is excited to run a camp at the Elizabeth Public Library to spark a passion and interest for STEM in young girls!
Director of Training and School Partnerships
Regional Director for Kentucky
Arushi is a senior at duPont Manual High School, where she is a part of the Math-Science-Technology program. She plays an active role in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) club, where she interacts with girls interested in STEM. Arushi is also the founder and president of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club at her school, and is a member of Science National Honor Society (SNHS). Additionally, Arushi does research on diabetes and possible
treatments of diabetes induced renal disease. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at her local hospital and dancing. She has co-founded a free culture dance program at the library in which she teaches Kathak.
Regional Director for Kentucky and Ohio
Sanjana is a sophomore at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in Biomedical Science and pursuing a minor in Global Public Health. As a pre-med student, she enjoys volunteering and conducting research at the James Cancer Center. Sanjana was an active member of her high school's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) club, and brought STEM You Can! to Kentucky in 2016 because of her interest in addressing the issue of the lack of representation of women in STEM fields. She is currently working on beginning this program in Columbus, Ohio.
Regional Director for Florida and Texas
Grace Wickerson is the founder and CEO of Kickin' Violence, a national organization that empowers youth to combat violence, President of her school's Interact, Founder and President of the Girls Who Code Club, Captain of the US Biology Olympiads Team, the Science Olympiad Team, and the Moody's Mega Math Challenge Team, and an executive board member of the National Youth Advisory Board for loveisrespect and peta2. She is a passionate advocate for all marginalized people (and animals) and hopes to study the intersection of
engineering, social entrepreneurship, international policy.
Regional Director for Delaware
Madlen Can is a senior at the University of Delaware. She is majoring in Biology and wishes to pursue a career in medicine. She wants to study pediatrics because she loves kids and wants to inspire them through Girls Science Interactive. She is also involved in the program Heroes and Cool Kids where she helps children overcome peer pressure and bullying. Her love of science motivates her to participate in New Jersey Science League and to help kids gain knowledge in this area.
Stanley Celestine, Jr.
Senior Advisor, Regional Director for Louisiana
Stanley Celestine, Jr. is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for WeTeachSTEM and oversees management, programs, and infrastructure of the organization. He’s also in charge of the organization’s statewide efforts to advance STEM education in alignment with the Common Core State Standards through a web-based application expected to launch in the fall of 2016. Undecided, what career he will choose, Stanley knows he wants to work in education reform, with a goal to improve the state of Louisiana through exceptional STEM education, social services, family
support, health, and community-building programs. Stanley was a Nickelodeon Halo Effect Honoree in 2015 and has been featured in The Avoyelles Journal, KALB News Channel 5 Young Achievers spotlight, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, Peace First Prize, and Nickelodeon.
Regional Director for New Jersey and New York
Maggie is a student at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ and runs the Girls Science Interactive branch in Clark, NJ. She enjoys science and math and likes to read and draw in her free time. Besides reading and drawing, Maggie plays the piano, violin and viola. She also likes playing tennis with her friends and is on her high school's junior varsity tennis team. Maggie, also, enjoys spending time with younger kids.
Karilynn is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Honors College. She is double majoring in biology and psychology with a concentration in life sciences. Karilynn works as a care partner on the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at VCU Health’s main hospital. She is also an undergraduate researcher for the biomedical engineering department working with eye-tracking in Parkinson’s patients and
mild traumatic brain injuries. Karilynn volunteers in her community with the Inter Allied Health Professionals by providing free blood pressure screenings and on the children’s unit as a child life volunteer. After spending a gap year as an au pair in France, she fell in love with working with children. She is interested in pediatric medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and child development. In her free time, she enjoys musicals, cooking, and decorating. On a nice day, you can find her reading a book out in the park. Karilynn looks forward to bringing this opportunity to Virginia!
Daniela Coronado is currently a junior at Princeton University, majoring in Molecular Biology and pursuing a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. She devotes most of her time to laboratory research studying quorum sensing pathways in the pathogen vibrio cholerae. As a minority in STEM, she feels the need to inspire other kids to follow their passion for science. As a result of her own passion for science, she plans to pursue a Ph.D in microbiology upon completion of her undergraduate degree.
Temperance (MI) Camp
Robbinsville (NJ) Camp
Kerragan Gandee is a sophomore at Bedford High School. She enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and getting involved with my church and Students in Action groups. She is currently the sophomore class president at her high school and enjoys math and science. After high school, she plans to go to college to become a medical missionary. Kerragan loves to do volunteer work and she is very excited to run the camp in Temperance, Michigan!
I’m Rachna Sridhar and i’m a rising sophomore at the University of Michigan! I am studying neuroscience and hoping to minor in criminal justice in the pursuit of getting a medical degree. I’m really passionate about encouraging girls to get involved with STEM because it allows them to express their creativity in new and innovative ways! The world of STEM is bigger than most people think and the options are endless!
Sarah interned with UDG Healthcare in Dublin, Ireland where she learned more about her heritage and the possibilities of a Chemical Engineering major when she attends college. By bringing a STEM camp to the Governor Mifflin School District she hopes to empower young girls and spark passion and interest in the science and math fields.
Sarah Wentling is a rising senior at The Hill School where she is a boarding student. Originally from Mohnton, PA she enjoys her Math, Science, and Engineering courses. While at school she plays water polo, and swims competitively. She is a member of several clubs involving science and helping the community to leave her mark in Pottstown, PA.
Elaine Geng is a boarding student at the Hill school from West Chester, PA. She enjoys tennis, reading, and traveling. Teaching and working with children are also her passions. She serves as a modern language fellow at her school and a camp counselor at several youth organizations. These experiences taught her to hold herself accountable, open-minded, and inspiring to others. She really looks forward to running her first camp this summer!
Pottstown (PA) Camp
My name is Roma Khan. I live in Reading, Pennsylvania with my parents and three siblings. I love reading and science. I started getting interested in science when I was in 4th grade which was when we did labs and experiments. I like science because it provides a nice explanation of things we don't understand. I especially love biology and learning about living things, but I also like the chemical reactions made in chemistry.
My name is Nethmin and I'm a freshman at The Hill School, a boarding school in Pennsylvania. My hometown is Marion, Illinois. My favorite subjects are math, science, and engineering. I also enjoy playing music, and I play the clarinet and the piano. Some of my favorite composers are Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, and John Phillip Sousa.
Sharmitha Yerneni is a rising sophomore at Tufts University pursuing a double major in Biology and Psychology. As a pre-med student, she is an intern in the Nephrology Department at Tufts Medical Center, assisting with clinical research focused on polycystic kidney disease. She is a member of several clubs aiming to bridge the gap between science and the community. As a child, she did not have many science camps accessible to her and hopes to change that. By launching the STEM summer camp in her hometown, Clifton, NJ, she hopes to introduce hometown, Clifton, NJ, she hopes
to introduce young boys and girls to the fascinating world of science through hands-on experiments.
Clifton (NJ) Camp
Fanwood (NJ) Camp
Hi I’m Julia Ellis, a rising senior at the Academy for Information Technology. My love for science began when I was in 7th grade. Through a program called the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program, I designed a science experiment that was launched to the International Space Station. Ever since then, I attempt to do as many science based activities as possible. For example, I work at a planetarium, I teach a Girls Who Code class to middle school girls during the academic year,
Spring City (PA) Camp
Niva Pandya is a senior at Spring- Ford High School. She is excited to lead the Girls Science Interactive Camp in Spring City. Last year, she helped Anya Gupta run the Royersford camp, and she had a blast working with all the campers and assisting with the cool experiments. In school, Niva is actively involved in the music program, mostly playing the clarinet. In addition to music, she helps tutor in math, reading, and Spanish.
Houston (TX) Camp
Juliana Ma is from Shanghai, China and is a 9th grader at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. Her favorite subjects at school are math, science and French. She loves STEM because she is fascinated by how simple yet powerful the nature is, and how it works out perfectly. She hopes that through GSI camps, girls will be inspired and confident enough to pursue their passions for science. Outside of academics, she plays soccer and ice hockey, and she is a big fan for classical music.
and I even founded my own club called Coding Unplugged, which holds offline coding workshops in local libraries. This summer, I will research at Rutgers about the DNA sequences of Duckweed, a potential biofuel. Finally, I look forward to helping more girls become just as excited about STEM as I am when I teach a Girls Science Interactive Course!
Aleen Victoria Takvorian
Garfield (NJ) Camp
Aleen Victoria Takvorian is a senior at Elmwood Park Memorial High School. She is currently a Waksman Student Scholar who leads a microbiology club at her school. She is the secretary for multicultural club, a columnist for the school newspaper and a recent inductee into the Spanish Honor Society. Aleen enjoys reading, writing, photography and art; but most of all she enjoys taking part in Armenian dance and other cultural activities. During her spare time, she can be found volunteering at EHMC or catching up on Doctor Who or Sherlock.
Bala Cynwyd (PA) Camp
Aasha is rising junior at Lower Merion High School, and has been enthusiastic about STEM education since she was young. In middle school, she competed in regional, state, and national Technology Student Association competitions. In high school, she has been taking advanced science electives to prepare her for a career in health sciences. She is a part of the LM debate club, a peer leader for the incoming freshman, has helped organize multiple SpeakUp! and TEDx events, and is a member of the varsity girls tennis team at Lower Merion. She has raised enough money
to provide funding for 10 surgeries on children who were born with cleft lip, through a nonprofit organization, the Smile Train. Her enthusiasm about science is infectious and she intends to spread it to younger girls, so they too, can explore their interests in STEM.
Sonia Lulla is a senior at Edgemont High School in Scarsdale, NY. She is a member of her high school’s concert band, vice president of her school’s chapter of Amnesty International and secretary of her school’s animal right club. Her favorite subject in school is math. For the past two summer, Sonia has conducted research on the genetic disease cystic fibrosis at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Her work with cystic fibrosis has encouraged her to pursue a career in the sciences. In her free time, Sonia enjoys reading and watching Gilmore Girls or Doctor Who.
White Plains (NY) Camp
Marlborough (MA) Camp
Kenny is a sophomore at Tufts University studying chemistry on a pre-medical track. On campus, he participates in badminton, physical chemistry research, and a synthetic biology club. His favorite ice cream flavor is butter pecan, but he enjoys trying new things.
My name is Audrey Safir and I am from Ridgefield, Connecticut. I run a STEM You Can! program at the Lawrenceville School. I am excited to work for STEM You Can! and to encourage minorities to grow a passion for science and math.
Lawrenceville (NJ) Camp
Our Alumni Camp Directors
Ruby Julaj, Carnegie Mellon University
Anya Kothari, Northwestern University
Jocelyn Julaj, Stevens Institute of Technology
Ellie Kim, New York University
Francesca Kelley, Barnard College
Lawrence Li, Cornell University
Faiha Zaidi, Siena College/Albany Medical College 8 Year BA/MD Program
Jiazhen Yang, University of Michigan
Roshni Mehta, Carnegie Mellon University
Nicole Sergiwa, University of Chicago