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We are a group of graduate students, undergraduates and faculty who aim to increase STEM participation in our high schoolers. This cause means a lot to us! As of 04/13/2023, we have 111 student/post-doc members in our
Slack workspace, and 76 members in our mailing list. Below, we show only those organizers and members who have consented to being listed here.
STEM Pals was founded by Tharindu Fernando in 2020.
Nicole Gregorio (co-president) (she/her): I am a PhD student in Bioengineering working on responsive hydrogels made out of engineered proteins for therapeutic delivery. In my free time I love cross stitching and exploring nature!
Ariana Frey (co-president) (she/her): I am a PhD student in Bioengineering working on creating vascularized cardiac tissues to help with heart repair after myocardial infarctions. In my free time I enjoy reading, hiking, and traveling.
Al Snow (co-president) (they/them): I’m a 2nd year PhD student in the Physics Education Group at UW. I am currently conducting research that, very broadly, focuses on uplifting the great ideas that students have about physics. Aside from teaching and physics, I also enjoy music, performing, cooking, roller coasters, and hanging out with pets.
Tharindu Fernando (founder, co-president 2020-2023) (he/him): I am a PhD student in physics studying topological effects of quantum materials using theoretical and computational techniques. In my spare time, I try being creative either through digital media or the performing arts!
Sam Tetef (co-president 2021-2023) (she/her): I am a physics PhD student interested in using machine learning to improve analysis of X-ray spectroscopy data. I like running, hiking, and rock climbing.
(she/her): I’m a physics PhD student searching for a matter-creating process called neutrinoless double beta decay. Outside of the lab, I love rock climbing, cooking, and crocheting. Grace Song
(he/him): I’m a Physics PhD student studying how to make proteins which bind to specific DNA sequences at UW’s Institute for Protein Design. I like to play tennis and all varieties of word games. Robert Pecoraro
(he/him): I am physics PhD student. I am currently studying the mechanism that is responsible for the partition of protein complexes in bacteria. I like taking photos, cooking, and teaching. James Choi
(he/him): I am pursuing my Ph.D. in making defected colored nano-diamonds, high-powered lasers, laser-cooling materials, and optical trapping. I am a minimalist and I love reading non-fiction books and teaching in my spare time. Chaman Gupta
(she/her): I am a graduate student in the physics department with an interest in quantum information, photonics, and outreach. Adina Ripin
(he/him): I’m a 2nd year physics graduate student working on computational x-ray spectroscopy. When I’m not tinkering with code I like to play video games, try new restaurants, and hang out with my cat. Charles Cardot
(she/her): I am a first-year undergraduate student hoping to study Mechanical Engineering and Chinese. Some of my favorite pastimes include reading, playing violin, doing card tricks, and learning languages. Renee Yeung
(he/him): I’m a third-year physics Ph.D. student working simulating nuclear physics on quantum devices. During my free time, I like to go on random adventures, ride my bike, play chess, and read books. Ivan Chernyshev
(they/she): Undergraduate majoring in Physics: Teaching Preparation and minoring in Education, Learning, and Societies. Alex Reynolds
(she/they): I’m a fourth-year biology and physics undergraduate hoping to go into teaching or evolutionary biology research! In my spare time, I enjoy drawing and piano, competing in Quizbowl, and going down Wikipedia science rabbit holes online. Felicia Tsai
… without bios:
Faculty and Staff
: Harry and Catherine Jaynne Boand Endowed Professor of Chemistry; Associate Chair, Graduate Education; Director, Master of Science in Applied Chemical Science & Technology Dr. Xiaosong Li
: Associate Director of Education & Workforce Engagement, UW MEM-C Danica Hendrickson
: Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering Dr. Ting Cao
: Associate Teaching Professor, Physics Dr. Nikolai Tolich
: I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology, where I study social interactions and evolution in bacterial biofilms. I’m also a licensed veterinarian, and my hobbies include playing piano, gardening, and drinking coffee. Dr. Jeffrey Carey
: I study cosmology and the expansion of the universe with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory and the Dark Energy Science Collaboration. My research focuses on machine learning and statistical techniques for physical modeling and data analysis. In my free time, I enjoy backpacking, skiing, rock climbing, and board games. John Franklin Crenshaw
: I study fundamental symmetries in nuclear and particle physics. I am currently a PhD student looking for chirality flipping in the weak interaction. I spend my free time listening to podcasts, doing pottery, and growing orchids. Heather Harrington
Sponsors and Partners
Felicia Tsai’s Magnetic Monopole Fundraiser
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