Sabina London, Founder and President
Sabina is an incoming freshman to Tufts University hoping to major in Biology or Cognitve and Brain Sciences. She founded Girls Science Interactive when she was 15 years old with the goal of getting elementary and middle school girls interested in STEM by performing fun hands on experiments. Sabina has worked in a biomedical research lab since the ninth grade and understood what it was like to feel frustrated at times. She wanted to show young girls that science could be fun and exciting and become as passionate about science as she is.
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 three years, the organization grew to 13 summer camps in Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In August 2016, Girls Science Interactive was featured on Good Morning America to inspire other young people to make an impact in their communities.
In 2016, Sabina was awarded the New Jersey State Governor's Jefferson Award, the most prestigous award in the United States for public service, and was recognized at the Jefferson National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. She was also selected as a 2015-2016 National Child Awareness Ambassador from New Jersey. As part of this program she was awarded additional funding to expand Girls Science Interactive and an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to get support from the members of the U.S. Congress.
Madlen Can is a senior at Northern Valley Demarest. She will be majoring in Biology next year 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.
Anya is a rising junior at the Hill School. Science and math are her favorite subjects. In school, she plays tennis and squash. Anya has a passion for community service. She is a member and leader of her school's community service program. She is a student leader of CARES, a group in Pottstown which fundraises for and cleans up the community. She is a volunteer at two hospitals in Pennsylvania and interned at the Jeewan Mala hospital in India. Another way she is active in the Indian community is by being a member of
Balvihar Youth Group. At BYG, Anya helps fundraise for Indian organizations as well as doing local volunteer work. Next year, she will be boarding at the Hill School. After high school, she plans to study medicine to become a doctor.
Grace Wickerson, 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
Stanley Celestine, Jr. Louisiana Camps
Stanley Celestine, Jr. is a junior at the Louisiana School for the Agricultural Sciences (LaSAS) in Bunkie, LA. He 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.
Roshni Mehta is a senior at Spring-Ford Senior High School in Royersford, Pennsylvania. She is a President of Model United Nations, Secretary of Student Council, and a member of the National Honor Society. Additionally, Roshni has worked with an organization called Team Children, which provides technology to underprivileged children and volunteers at Phoenixville hospital with cancer patients. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano and painting.
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.
Cliffside Park(NJ) Camp
My name is Ruby Julaj. I am a junior studying Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. As a woman in engineering, I have noticed that there are not nearly as many females in STEM as there could be. I ran my first Girls Science Interactive camp this past summer to encourage young girls to pursue their interests in STEM. It was great getting to know and building
bonds with the girls. I enjoyed seeing how creative and innovative they were when given engineering and science challenges. I hope that they realized their potential to be incredible problem solvers.
Ellie is a junior year in Northern Valley Demarest. She has been an active choir member throughout her entire high school career. She is also a member of Drama Club and Mock Trial. Ellie decided to get involved with Girls Science Interactive in hopes of helping young girls pursue their dreams in STEM.
Jiazhen is a junior at Northern Valley Demarest High School. Her favorite subjects at school are math and physics and she aspires to attend medical school in the future. At school, Jiazhen plays on the lacrosse team and is a member of the academic team. She enjoys spending time with children and her hobbies include riding her bike and watching Netflix.
Faiha Zaidi is a junior at Northern Valley Regional High School. She enjoys staying involved in school through participation in various clubs, such as EMS and KARE, as well as maintaining volunteer positions at local hospitals and nursing homes in the area. She hopes that STEM is her way of leaving a mark on her local community. In her free time, she can be found reading or surfing Netflix.
Lawrence Li is a junior at Northern Valley Regional High School, where he participates in clubs such as FBLA and New Jersey Science League. He is interested in pursuing a career in science and engineering, and has won distinguished awards in biology and chemistry. His interest in these fields of study led him to join the Girls Science program, where he has helped students demonstrate and apply science in their lives. In managing the Teaneck camp, he hopes that he can help others realize their potential in the world of science and STEM.
Sanjana is a junior at duPont Manual High School and is a part of the Math-Science-Technology magnet program (MST). Her favorite subjects at school are biology and anatomy and she plans to attend medical school in the future. She enjoys volunteering at local events and at the Kentucky Science Center, and also enjoys conducting liver research at the University of Louisville. She joined the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) club at school because of these interests and
Julee is a junior at duPont Manual High School under the Math Science and Technology Magnet. She plays for her school's lacrosse team and enjoys playing badminton as a hobby. She loves to play the piano but she wants to become a dermatologist. At her school, Julee is a member of Key Club and serves as the District Treasurer and also is a part of WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering). She hopes that through contributing to Girls Science Interactive summer camps, she can encourage young girls to enjoy exploring STEM fields.
plans on running a Girls Science Interactive camp this coming summer in Louisville, KY.
Cliffside Park(NJ) Camp
Aleen Victoria Takvorian
Jocelyn Julaj is a junior at Ridgefield Memorial High school. Her favorite subjects are biology and math and wants to pursue a career in medicine. She participates in various clubs such as Women’s Choir and Key Club. She is also Treasurer of the Spanish Honor Society. On her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball and is on her high school’s varsity volleyball team.
Aleen Victoria Takvorian is a sophomore 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.
Anya Kothari is a senior at Edgemont High School in New York. During the school year, she teaches K-6 after-school classes ranging from Game Design to Mechanical Engineering. She is a member of her school's Robotics club and the president of her school's Philosophy Club. In addition, she works through UNICEF to raise money for girls' education worldwide. After high school, Anya hopes to major in physics or engineering.
Francesca Kelley, Englewood(NJ) Camp
Francesca is a junior at Northern Valley Demarest High School. She has been in the school band for the past two years, and is involved in clubs that range from training in first aid to volunteering at local nursing homes. She loves to work with children, and enjoys volunteering with Girls Science Interactive, which also fulfills her passion for science and math.