Mission Statement

The Student Scientist is a student-run online science publication that includes a diverse array of STEM-related subjects. Since the founding in May 2018, we have grown to include hundreds of outstanding students interested in science writing. We aspire to create a national online community that connects student scientists through scientific literacy. We also hope to improve public awareness of contemporary scientific breakthroughs, allowing the students to be in contact with scientists and researchers at the pinnacles of their fields and providing them the ability to utilize their strengths in business and entrepreneurship to establish the organization into the platform it is now.

The Team


Rainbow Yeung, Founder of TSS

Hello! My name is Rainbow, and I studied Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard College. I am passionate about STEM education and hope that TSS can be a platform for students and recent grads to share their knowledge and experiences in the area!




Tatum Wilhelm, Editor-In-Chief

Hi! My name is Tatum Wilhelm and I am from Orange County, California. I am a current senior in high school, but will be matriculating to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2019. I love science (especially chemistry!), cats, writing, and rowing. I am very passionate about advocating for the ethical treatment of animals, and serve as the President and founder of my school’s Animal Rights Club. I am also a member of the Human Relations Council, where I am able to encourage social justice and an inclusive environment for my peers. As a Questbridge Scholar and first-generation low-income college student, I hope to empower fellow underprivileged students through STEM education. During my free time, I enjoy baking, doing trivia, ceramics, and visiting museums . I am so happy to be a part of TSS, as I am able to combine my love for STEM and writing into one amazing organization.


Minh Tran, Editor-In-Chief

Hello everyone! My name is Minh Tran and I am a senior at duPont Manual High School, located in Louisville, Kentucky. I am a youth STEM education activist working to increase diversity in the STEM fields through my role CEO of STEMchats, the global nonprofit on a mission to help students celebrate, stimulate, and innovate through transformative peer-to-peer STEM education.  I am Questbridge Scholar, an environmental cardiology researcher, and an orchestral violinist. In my free time, I can be found scouting for quality boba tea and Netflix shows.


Sasha Kolesnikov, Editor-In-Chief

Hi! My name is Sasha Kolesnikov and I’m a senior from California. My hope is to combine my interest in cognitive neuroscience, design, and education in whatever I pursue. I’m a junior rep and volunteer at a local non-profit, participate in my school’s Model U.N., and am staff of other publications. I also love sushi, playing with my dog, reading, binging Netflix, consuming unhealthy amounts of green tea ice cream, and creating random playlists on Spotify! I’m super excited to be an Editor-in-Chief for TSS!


Sean Alexander, Business Director

Hi! My name is Sean Alexander, a senior from Georgia! I don’t know where I’m going next year, but I want to combine my interest in business, biomedical, and political science in the future in whatever I do. In my free time, I love to play volleyball, traveling, eating, volunteering, and contemplating the meaning of life.

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Caroline Anderson, College Writer

Caroline Anderson is a current freshman studying computer science at Penn State Schreyer’s Honors College. This summer, she is an undergraduate researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human Computer Interaction Institute. During high school, Caroline completed two summer internships at NASA creating a database for software engineers. She also researched with Professor Saiph Savage of West Virginia University to create a question-answer twitter bot.  Besides computer science, Caroline enjoys serving the community, shopping, and the color pink. You can read more about at her website carolineganderson.com.


Mikhaela Andersonn, HS Writer

Hi Everyone! My name’s Mikhaela and I’m a rising senior at Weeki Wachee High School. My scientific interests include psychology, astronomy, and environmental science. I have a deep passion for research, as shown by my participation in math competitions and history competitions alike. In my off time, I love to volunteer at my local shelter, watch competitive cooking shows, and read! I’m also quite the Bob Ross enthusiast (if you couldn’t tell by the shirt). I’m thrilled to be a part of a team of hardworking, driven individuals and hope to teach as well as learn about fascinating topics.


Hope Andrescavage, HS Writer

Living in Clementon, NJ (a small suburb surrounded by countless other suburbs in South Jersey), I am a 17 year old with big dreams. I aspire to attend several high quality colleges -Carleton, Colombia and UPenn – but currently go to high school at Sterling High School. With my head more into tech than anything else, I wish to major in computer engineering, but for now I dabble in every science, from quantum physics to psychology. Non-academically, I participate in my school’s Varsity Marksmanship team, and I’m an avid participant in the NJROTC program.


ATP, College Writer

ATP, whose initials unfortunately do not stand for adenosine triphosphate, is a rising senior at Sarah Lawrence College. Her interests are rooted firmly in science ranging from biology to chemistry to neuroscience. For her future she hopes to be actively involved in science, but unsure what direction her heart will take her; rather, she is enjoying the ride while following her intellectual interests. This summer she is excited to be partaking in a REU focusing on the biochemistry of post-transcriptional regulation of DNA.


Abigail Bautista, College Contributor

Abigail Bautista is an incoming undergraduate freshman at Swarthmore College as a QuestBridge Scholar and Gates Scholar. She plans to study English Literature and Educational Studies with a minor in Sociology. Although her future plans are not STEM-oriented, she plans to pursue education research in order to gain insight on how the traditional classroom experience can be improved. Through TSS, Abigail hopes to provide insight into the college admissions process and write about STEM in an interdisciplinary context. On her free time, she likes to watch anime/read manga, write, read about education research, and watch figure skating.


Qiting Cai, Mentorship Program Director

My name is Qiting (pronounced as Chi-ting), and I am a junior from Abraham Lincoln High School, Los Angeles. One fact about me is that I immigrated to the U.S. from China in 2015. Language seemed to be a big problem for me when I first arrived, but luckily I found myself adapting the life here easily because of my exploratory nature. I am currently a part of the JROTC program as the executive officer (second in command). I am also a part of the student government of our Magnet program, and I am involved in clubs such as Key Club, MESA (Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement) and CSF(California Scholarship Federation). I have great passion in math—I am always intrigued by numbers and formulas.

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Noah Cercizi, HS Editing Assistant

I’m a rising senior at Brooklyn Technical High School. I am in my school’s Chemical Engineering major and plan to major in Chemistry in college. In my school I have active roles on the Science Olympiad Team as Build Captain, Section Leader for Violas in the Intermediate Orchestra, and Junior Chair of Tutoring Committee in NHS. Outside of school I participated in the NYU STEP program and will be working as an intern at City College as a part of the CREST HIRES program. I am so excited to be an editor for such a wonderful online platform for students interested in STEM!


William Chao, College Writer & Business Associate

William Chao is a rising undergraduate freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. He plans on majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in business to endeavor into the MedTech industry. He intends to leverage technology, research, and finance to contribute to the venture capital community. Aside from his passion for entrepreneurship, William is also interested in IGOs, NGOs, and nonprofit organizations. While working as a business associate and college contributor, William hopes to stimulate greater student interest in science and to expand research opportunities for students.


Thalia Charles, College Writer

Thalia Charles is a rising freshman at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. She has an

extensive history in journalism and is very excited to be able to combine her interests in communications and scientific exploration to encourage students to get hype about science. Thalia plans on double majoring in Government and Law and Psychology and hopes to advocate for a bigger role for science in the creation of public policy. When she’s not writing, Thalia can be found in a debate round, listening to Lana Del Rey, Khalid, or Migos, watching Vine compilations, or sleeping.

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Matthew Choi, HS Writer

My name is Matthew, and I will be a senior at Los Alamitos High School. I was born and raised in California by my parents who are from Korea. I spend most of my time either doing my school work or working with my robotics team as the captain. Whenever I have time, I enjoy playing tennis or basketball with my buddies and hanging out in general. I hope to be an environmental engineer major in a college on the East Coast. I’m glad to be on TSS and hope to meet all the aspiring and interesting highschoolers here.


Joanne Chu, HS Writer

Hello! My name is Joanne Chu and I am a rising senior from Central High School in Philadelphia, PA. I am actively involved in the school’s robotics team as an Outreach Coordinator and a graphic designer. I have helped planned and organized several events and competitions, and I also mentored an elementary robotics team. I am also an associate editor at the school’s art and literature magazine club. In my free time, I love watching anime, drawing, and listening to music.


Frank D’Agostino, HS Contributor

Hello everyone! I am Frank D’Agostino, a high school junior at the Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science (MATES) in Manahawkin, New Jersey. I am a HS Contributor for TSS, and I couldn’t be more excited to share my interests and research with you all! I wish to pursue a field in computational biology/chemistry, and I am greatly interested in topics such as machine learning, neuroscience, psychology, and astrophysics! At my school, I conduct my own independent research, compete in several math, robotics, and chemistry competitions, and participate in Key Club! I have a deep passion for learning, and I cannot wait to hopefully teach you all something you didn’t know before. Thanks!

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Nicole Felix-Tovar, HS Writer

Nicole is a rising senior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Gateway High School. She is passionate about science and the medical field and aspires to use her research and clinical experiences to pursue a career as a surgeon. She is the President of her school’s National Honor Society, and holds responsibilities in the Science, French, and Math NHS as well as BETA, Best Buddies and the IB Student Advisory Board. Nicole is a QuestBridge Prep Scholar and aspires to encourage other hard-working, goal driven students of low-income backgrounds to pursue their academic and life goals.


Evelin Figueroa, HS Writer

Evelin Figueroa is a rising senior at Doss High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where she is the Captain of the Quick Recall Team, Treasurer of the FBLA, a Student Member Relations Specialist at Class Act Federal Credit Union, and a founding member of Doss’ acapella group, Inferno. She is a singer and musician, as well as an artist and writer. She is looking to double-major in Art History and International Business or Economics.She plans to be the first woman from her family to graduate from college in the U.S. and is looking to attend university in the New England region. She has also been

named a Questbridge College Prep Scholar of 2018.

Recently, Evelin emceed March for Our Lives Louisville. She is active in many school clubs and activities, and when she is not at school or work, she’s writing poetry or procrastinating homework.  Evelin is very passionate about helping students realize their goals and aims to help minority students break through socioeconomic barriers.


Jacquelyn Grimes, College Contributor

Hello! My name is Jacquelyn Grimes and I am a sophomore in college and senior in high school at Challenger Early College in North Carolina. I love physics, biology, and chemistry, so I aspire to be an environmental engineer. I am president of my school’s Science Olympiad, a chemistry lab assistant, a Questbridge College Prep Scholar, and a member of Beta Club, NHS, and student government. I have also placed first in the state SkillsUSA Extemporaneous Speaking competition twice and have been a national finalist. I love learning, researching, and teaching everything from astrophysics to linear algebra!

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Kimberly Heng, HS Writer

Hi! My name is Kimberly Heng and I’m a rising senior at Interboro High School in Prospect Park, PA. I’m a huge advocate for women in STEM, immigrant rights and reconciliation, and protecting our environment. At my high school, I’m involved in class congress, the Ted-Ed club, student council, physics olympics, Hi-Q, and key club. Outside of school, I volunteer in Philadelphia, helping low-income students with homework and activities. I plan to major in biomedical/bioengineering with a minor in computer science with a focus in artificial intelligence/robotics. I’m super excited to be a fellow writer at The Student Scientist!


Nazjaa Hughson, HS Writer

My name is Nazjaa Hughson and I am an upcoming senior located in Atlanta, GA. I love science, biology specifically. I am actually starting a tutoring group at my school called “Bio Buddies!” to help upcoming juniors tackle biology. I am so excited to be joining The Student Scientist, I can already tell this will be a very successful site. I am involved in many activities at school, including being president of the Beta Club, Math Mentors, and Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society; active member of the National Honor Society; and chief editor of the yearbook and online art website. I look forward contributing original content to The Student Scientist!


Ellie Hummel, HS Writer & Outreach Manager

My name is Ellie Hummel and I’m a sophomore at DuPont Manual High School in Louisville, Ky. I am a contributor and outreach manager for The Student Scientist. I love biology research and computer programming and hope to spread these passions to others through my writing. Over the course of the past three years, I have researched spinal cord injuries and axon growth. I also work for STEMY, a local non-profit dedicated to providing STEM resources to youth and lead my school’s SNHS and HOSA chapters. In my free time, I play with my dog, Harry, and coach swim lessons.

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Faizan Haque, TSS Journalism Initiative Director

Faizan Haque is an undergraduate physics and earth system science student at the University of California, Irvine. He currently works in a physical oceanography research group and is interested in a career in geophysical fluid dynamics and computational physical oceanography and will be applying to Ph.D. programs in a few months. He is very interested in open science and making science more accessible and was an editor-at-large for The Wannabe Scientist during high school. At The Student Scientist, he is an editor and the lead for the student science journalism initiative.


Ted Ivanac, HS Writer

My name is Ted Ivanac. I am the current sitting President of the Wayne Memorial High School Robotics Team.  I enjoy working on robots, circuits, RC Cars, and reading science fiction. I love to write and have written a book about supervillains before, but it was never published. I also won an academic award for excellence in English because I had high test and essay scores as well as a willingness to learn every day. I am currently reading The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. The last book I finished was Hunger by Michael Grant, the second book in the Gone series (highly recommend this series). Besides robotics, I fill my time by volunteering at a local community center and at a local recreation center. I also will be joining my school’s Ethics Bowl Team in the Fall.


Kenny Jung, College Writer

Greetings! I will be attending UC Merced as a college freshman in the Fall of 2018. I’m a member of the QuestBridge community, SCS Noonan Scholars, and Project Magnify organization. I will be majoring in Biological Sciences with an emphasis on Human Biology and perhaps double major or minor in Psychology or Mathematics. I hope to provide intriguing and mind-blowing articles about the many science phenomena of our unive… perhaps multiverse!


Youssef Kallel, HS Writer

Hi! My name is Youssef Kallel and I am currently a junior in high school in Orange County, California. I have always loved science in its encouragement of ingenuity in developing and improving upon ideas on the nature of the world and its surrounding uni(multi?)verse. My passion for the sciences is coupled with my love for reading, travelling, and shih tzu dogs.


Jeanna Kay, HS Editing Assistant

I am a rising senior at Uniontown High School in Kansas. I have always loved STEM, and I aspire to double major in Communications and Chemistry. I am very excited to be a part of such an amazing group of people who love science as much as I do. Aside from being VP of my school’s science club, I also pride myself on being President of the math club and Rising Drum Major for the high school marching band. I am also a member of several other organizations including NHS, Art NHS, Art Club, and Spanish club.


Sanja Kirova, HS Writer

I am Sanja Kirova, a [rising] high school senior located in Indiana. I am part of a VEX EDR robotics team (2567) and an active volunteer and STEM advocate in the community. I am a programming and photography enthusiast. I obtained an interest in engineering after taking Project Lead the Way pre-engineering courses in high school. My favorite color is cerulean and my favorite book is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I also speak two languages.

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Hesper Khong, HS Writer & Recruiting Assistant

Hi! My name is Hesper Khong and I am a student at The Colony High School in Texas. I look forward to writing riveting articles for all of you to read and recruiting more members for The Student Scientist!

Hesper is President of the National Honor Society, Vice-President of both Science National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, and an ardent member of National Art Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Model United Nations, and Student Council. She has been commended for being a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar, USC Bovard Scholar, and Be Kind Ambassador.

Hana Kim, HS Writer

Hi, my name is Hana Kim, and I am a rising senior (16 years old) from Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I’m a proud TSS writer. One of my favorite things to do is watch and play soccer, and I love to watch movies. Recently I was obsessed with the World Cup and my favorite team (who played quite well this year, but we always have the next big games to look forward to), and I’ve been outside trying to play a pickup game or two as much as I can. I grew up watching nearly every single Disney animation movie, and Pixar and Disney Princesses characters is a good way to summarize my childhood. (I also love illumination studios and DreamWorks as well.)


Abigail Kizer, HS Writer

Hello! I’m Abigail Kizer, but I go by Abbie. I am a rising senior at Weeki Wachee High School, and I will be graduating with my Associates Degree. I have a passion for school and learning, as seen by helping create my school’s math club, and my involvement in chess club and History Fair. I love reading, and I am a firm believer in the notion that nothing is better than reading a good book. I am very excited about joining this blog, both for the opportunity to write articles about interesting things and the chance to discover new things!

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Shanni Lam, College Writer

Hello, I’m a student at Harvey Mudd College and a member of the Questbridge community! I plan to major in Math-Computer Science to become an actuary or data scientist, and I hope to clarify the college admissions and scholarship processes for current high-schoolers. My interests include reading, watching movies, eating Hot Cheetos, dyeing my hair, and learning languages.

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Merrina Lan, College Writer

Merrina Lan graduated from Ames High School(Ames, Iowa) in May 2018. In the fall, she will attend Washington and Lee University with the full-ride Johnson scholarship. She plans on studying Biochemistry and Economics with the hope of becoming a professor or researcher. Merrina loves studying Biology, Chemistry, Statistics, and History. She is a finalist of the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair(ISEF), in which she won a 4th award in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Outside of school, she does a genetics research in the Essner lab of Iowa State University, tutors English for Chinese children, volunteers for the Chinese Association of Iowa, competes in swimming, plays ukulele while singing Disney songs, and makes art crafts.

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Alyssa Lee, HS Writer

My name is Alyssa Lee and I am a upcoming senior in high school. I love to participate in student council, read, run, and am excited for college. I plan to major in a business or law track with a focus on some kind of sustainable development or global studies. This organization has given me a platform to learn more about my interests but also to share ideas, innovations, and thoughts with people all over by connecting everyday aspects to science. As Bill Nye once said, “Science rules!’

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Lydia Lee, HS Writer

Lydia Lee is a rising high school senior at San Joaquin High School. She is a College Prep Scholar, a member of the National Honors Society, and a French tutor. An aspiring polyglot, she speaks Korean, English, Spanish, and French and loves to write songs, stories, and lab reports (yes, really) in all four languages.


Karen Ly, HS Writer & Recruiting/Marketing Associate

I am a rising senior at La Quinta High School in Orange County. I am an ardent lover of STEM with a growing passion for humanities too. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field! I’m am super excited to be part of the writing and market/recruiting team!


Mrunali Manjrekar, HS Writer

Hi! I’m Mrunali, a (rising) senior at Leigh High School passionate about the interdisciplinary nature of science and its profound role in innovation and beyond. As a budding researcher strongly interested in scientific outreach, I joined The Student Scientist to satiate the curiosities of young STEM-aficionados around the world and spread my fascinations with science in the form of enriching literature. Join me as we scrutinize science as it stands today, and collectively become inspired by all its possibilities for the future!


Angela Marroquin, HS Writer

Hi everyone! I’m Angela, and I’m a high school junior from Las Vegas. I’m in the biotechnology program at my school, where I have been learning all sorts of biology and chemistry related goodies. My life goals are to become a polyglot (speak and understand four languages) and pursue a career in science. Since the sixth grade, I have dreamt about being a scientist, whether it is as a prosthetist or a materials engineer. I’m also an avid lover of pilates and taro milk tea! I look forward to writing for The Student Scientist!


Alfredo Eladio Moreno, College Writer

Hey y’all! My name is Alfredo Eladio Moreno and I’m from Houston, TX. I am a rising freshman at Pomona College, where I will be studying Chemistry & Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. Although I have an undying interest in STEM and the Social Sciences, I’m most passionate about spreading awareness about the importance of obtaining an education and increasing accessibility for higher education. In my free time you can catch me working out, hiking, playing board games, or writing slam poetry.


Sebastian Morales, HS Writer

17-year-old, rising senior from Miami, Florida. I was born and raised in Venezuela. Ever since a young child, I have been very curious and taken an interest in a wide array of subjects ( science being one of them). I have a great esteem for humor and useless information I can blur out when a conversation is not going well. These tastes and my tendency to not dive too much into a subject make a writer who covers subjects rather superficially, but I hope that makes them accessible and easy to digest to readers.


Ana Muquit, HS Editing Assistant

Hi! My name is Ana and I attend Brooklyn Technical High School in NYC. I am currently a junior and part of the Chemical Engineering major in my school. I also love fencing and I am a member of Science Bowl, NHS, Key Club, and Big Sibs. For the past two summers, I have worked at a primary care medical clinic. This summer, I will be attending the LIU Healthcare Professionals program and Pace University’s STEM Camp. I am so excited to be part of the Student Scientist. I have always been passionate about science, specifically chemistry, and I can’t wait to share interesting articles with the world!


Lyssa M., HS Writer

My name is Lyssa M and I’m a junior at ILTexas Keller Saginaw HS that is pretty involved in school activities. I am the NHS president, member of both the Spanish Honor Society and Chinese Honor Society, part of the Latino Student Union, a player in my school’s varsity guitar ensemble, math and English tutor, part of the STEM club and Mariachi club. I have a great passion for both science and journalism. Right now, my school doesn’t have a newspaper, but I plan to start a club for this upcoming year. I am happy to be joining The Student Scientist and hope that my articles will intrigue people to learn more!

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Fahad Nabi, HS Writer

Hi! My name is Fahad Nabi and I’m a junior at Bronx Science in New York City. Coming from such a unique and diverse city, I’m obsessed with meeting new people and exploring breathtaking sights! If I’m not staring at mouth-watering cuisines or roaming touristy spots with my friends, you can find me either volunteering at my local soup kitchen or at NYC park cleanups with my school’s Key Club! Of course, my life wouldn’t be complete without my passion for science – which has entrenched my life since the fourth grade. Whether it be neuroscience or biophysics, I love to learn as well as teach others about the subject in my free time! I’m excited to be joining TSS as a HS Contributor and Recruiting Assistant!


Wai Tun Naing, HS Writer

Hi, My name is Wai Tun Naing and my friends usually call me William. I am currently attending at Capuchino High School and I will be graduating in 2019. I am originally from Myanmar and I came to U.S.A about 2 years ago in 2016. My favorite subject is calculus and I participated in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge of 2018. I am a member of Leo club and a Questbridge College Prep Scholar. I am also a lover of science and plan to become an engineer or have a STEM related career in the future.


Anh Nguyen, HS Writer & Assistant Recruiting Director

Hey y’all, my name is Anh Nguyen and I’m a high school student in Texas. I’m super passionate about biochemistry and anatomy, and I really love writing in my free time, so The Student Scientist is just perfect for me! Some other passions I have include egg rolls, languages, boba, and badminton! So yeah, I’m excited to be a part of this interesting and inspiring website and network as a high school contributor and assistant recruiting director!

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John Nguyen, HS Writer

Hello! My name is John Nguyen and I’m from Brevard, North Carolina, a tiny town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’m currently a junior and I plan on majoring in Biology. Aside from STEM, I’m involved in the band as the principal bass clarinetist, baritone section leader, and drum major. I’m a student researcher, a member of NHS and AJAS, the president of InterACT, and I’m an ISEF alumnus. I’m excited to be apart of this amazing network of young scientists!


Maylla Patrick, HS Writer

Hi guys! I’m Maylla Patrick, a high school contributor for the Student Scientist, an avid reader, and a prolific writer. Since I was very young, I’ve always been interested by how the human body works (the brain especially.) Through my biomedical interests, I’ve expanded my love for science and decided to develop it more by writing about it. Writing is something that has given me tremendous freedom and power in school and personally. It’s an outlet for my thoughts, feelings, interests, and ambition.


Alain Perez, HS Writer

Hello, I am Alain Perez and I am a senior at Coral Gables Senior High School in south Florida. I am the President of my school’s Interact Club and TMP, both volunteer-based organizations. I am a Questbridge College Prep Scholar and a SCS Noonan Scholar. My hobbies include naps (whenever there’s time to fit one in), reading, and going to the beach. I cannot wait to contribute fascinating material to this amazing site.


Smarika Rijal, HS Writer

Hey y’all! My name is Smarika and I am a senior at Westwood High School in Austin, T.X. I have a passion for writing, so I hope to major in English in college. In my free time, you can find me reading, writing, or running.​​


Carlos Rodriguez, HS Writer

Hello! I’m Carlos Rodriguez, a rising senior from San Luis High School (in Southern Arizona). I aspire to pursue a biochemistry degree in a research university. In school, I am a chemistry tutor, the president of my school’s first journalism chapter, the VP of my school’s ensemble club, NHS secretary, and I am also honored to be Questbridge College Prep Scholar. I am excited to join TSS because I want to promote scientific literacy and guide other high school students in their college quest.


Varsha Sandadi, HS Writer & Business Associate

Hello everyone! My name is Varsha Sandadi and I am a rising senior at Oxford Academy High School in California. I’ve always had a passion for science – especially physics and biology – and can’t wait to share that enthusiasm with you. In my free time, I play soccer, paint, and hike. I look forward to writing intriguing scientific articles for you to read!


Emily Schatzman, HS Writer

My name is Emily Schatzman, and I am a rising senior at Archbishop Carroll High School. I love science, especially biology and astronomy. I am currently editor-in-chief for my school newspaper, and am a member of NHS, SNHS, and ANHS. I am also a contributor to my school’s literary magazine, and am a Questbridge College Prep Scholar. I am not totally sure of what I hope to pursue in college, but find myself leaning in the direction of medicine or medical research. In my free time, I love hanging out with my dogs, watching Netflix, and drawing or painting.


Reanna Shah, HS Writer

Hi I’m Reanna Shah, a senior in high school. I am super involved in my community and school. I am a part of student council, science Olympiad, math team, debate, and many more organizations. Science and writing are my passions. I became aware of this platform through Aidan Yoo, as we became very close friends from Harvard Secondary School. As soon as I saw this site, I knew I needed to get involved. I love writing and this allows for me to mix my passion for writing and love of science!!

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Elelta Sisay, HS Contributor

Hi everyone! I am a senior at Glenbard North High School. I love to read, run, and explore all types of science (especially relating to the human anatomy). I am also a lover of coffee and mountains. My love of running lends to my interest in understanding the science behind injuries and what our bodies are capable of. In result, I love to spend free time reading all types of articles to understand these things better. In college, I hope to major in chemistry and go down the medicine trail. Currently, I am a QuestBridge Junior Prep Scholar and take part in cross country, track, the speech team, and other activities. I have always enjoyed learning, so I am super excited to explore new topics and share the things I research.


Nikita Shetty, HS Writer

Hello everyone! My name is Nikita Shetty and I am a rising senior at Houston County High School in Georgia. With an intense passion for STEM to guide me, I plan on pursuing a science-related career and possibly majoring in Chemistry or Computer Science. I am currently an active member in my school’s FCCLA chapter, Beta Club, NHS, Student Council, Math Team, and Coding Club. As a contributor, I seek to capture the true essence of science writing and to become increasingly aware of the world!


Sophia Simms, HS Writer

Hi! My name is Sophia Simms and I am a rising high school senior from Southern California. I am very interested in STEM, especially in the physical sciences and engineering, and I try to take advantage of every opportunity to learn more. I am grateful to be a part of the TSS team so that I can research topics that interest me and improve my scientific writing skills. I am also a 2018 Questbridge Junior Prep Scholar, a Key Club division news editor, and a member of my school’s varsity tennis team. I am very excited to be a part of this community and I hope to contribute to it in any way that I can.


Abigail Smith, College Writer

I am currently sixteen and a freshman at the University of Minnesota Duluth, focusing on acoustical engineering and computer science. I have my own startup company—‘Acoutech Advocacy’ where I create medical devices using sound waves. I have presented research internationally, in New York, California, and Pittsburgh—and look forward to learning more about STEM subjects.


Christian Stone, HS Writer & Assitant Recruiting Director

Christian Stone a student of the Strategic Asset Management Class of 2019 at Bergen Tech. Chris is pursuing mechanical/aerospace in engineering because of his passion for robotics and space. He is the Co-President of BT FBLA club, Head Editor of BT Ink, and Co-Head Ambassador of BT Japanese Cultural Group. He also is a content producer for Young Asian Leaders of America. Chris has been recognized as a QuestBridge College Prep, NJ Governor’s STEM, and National Honors Society Scholar. One day he hopes to help bridge the gaps of art, business, and STEM together.


Elijah Tamarchenko, HS Writer

I am a senior at New Paltz High School in New York and am excited to be a contributor at TSS! I dabble in almost every science field. I am a first generation American (my parents are both from Russia) and will be a first-generation college student. I am also a 2018 QuestBridge College Prep Scholar, President of my schools Science Olympiad team and Vice-President of the Mathletes team. I love learning, reading and watching The Office.

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Jennifer Tegegne, HS Writer & Recruiting/Marketing Associate

Hi everyone! My name is Jennifer, a junior from Northside college prep in Chicago. I am grateful to be a part of a great platform for students to share, get inspired and become more informed about STEM. TSS’s purpose appealed to me because it was an intersection between my love for science and my desire to make education more accessible. When I am not spending time with family, I am usually doing homework or watching a show. I enjoy encouraging student activism, competing for my school’s science olympiad team and working in my local hospital’s cardiac unit where I get to interact with inspiring patients and amazing nurses. I hope to help TSS grow and write about topics ranging from Neuroscience and biotech to Public health and psychology. Hope you will read my articles!


Sindhuja Uppuluri, HS Writer

Hi! My name is Sindhuja Uppuluri and I am currently a junior in Austin, Texas. Although I have always had a passion for medicine, high school has truly allowed me to discover the power of scientific breakthroughs. Being an ISEF alum, I have had the opportunity to not only expand on my own discoveries but be exposed to an ever-expanding network of young innovators and scientists. When I’m not in a lab, you can find me at a debate tournament, working on one of many clubs at my school, or drinking copious amounts of coffee. I can’t wait to use this platform to not only contribute but to learn from you all!​


Rob Vaivodiss, College Writer

I am a Georgia Institute of Technology alum, and I am pursuing a career in architecture and continuing my education to get the Master of Architecture degree. Although my career choice is far from science, I am deeply interested in various science topics. I have always been following anything related to outer space, and I enjoy writing about space as well. Previously, I wrote articles for The Wannabe Scientist and developed a new design for the site.


Anika Verma, College Writer

Anika Verma is a student at Ithaca College pursuing a major computer science and a minor in animation.  Her main interest is studying the role technology plays in medical breakthroughs, but she is also interested in bioinformatics, astronomy, and linguistics.  She is proud to say that she is fluent in Hindi and has been performing and learning Kathak, a form of Indian classical dance, since she was five years old.  Her hobbies include dancing, reading, and learning languages.


Princess Vongchanh, HS Writer

Princess is an International Baccalaureate senior at Franklin High School in the Bay Area, California. Motivated by her city’s rich history and growing potential, Princess works closely with numerous community organizations and on her school campus as an advocate for youth empowerment. She has contributed to increasing youth STEM outlets, college access, and educational equity initiatives. Participating in Science Olympiad and developing connections/interning at various tech companies led Princess to aspire to be a software engineer for space exploration programs. She hopes to eventually innovate education systems in underserved communities around the world before spearheading technical education development on Mars.


Tien Vu, HS Writer

Hi, I’m Tien Vu, a rising senior at Cypress Woods High School with a passion for neuroscience and photography. I am a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar, and I enjoy being a part of Interact Club, National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America and National Science Bowl. I’m looking forward to being a part of this community of like-minded students and learn more about STEM fields!


Helen Wang, College Editing Assistant

Hi! My name is Helen Wang and I am a current rising college freshman at Princeton University, where I’ll be majoring in either psychology or molecular biology. I was a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar as well as QuestBridge National College Match Finalist. Having been in an intensive research program for all four years of high school, I’m a big fan of STEM and hope to pursue it as a career. Personally, I love cats, fanfiction, and gardening. I also hail from New York City!


Zeena Whayeb, HS Editing Assistant

Zeena Whayeb is an upcoming senior at her current high school. Her hobbies range from reading and writing to skateboarding and music. She is introverted but can be energetic and outgoing. Her religion is an important part of her life. Zeena is, unfortunately, undecided on her major and her future career, despite her soon graduation. She has only gained the hint that it involves research. She is an immigrant that was originally from Iraq but moved to the U.S. around a decade ago. As a result, Zeena has inherited two cultures that have made her who she is today.


Magda Wojtara, College Writer

Magda Wojtara is a rising freshman at the University of Michigan- School of Literature, Science and the Arts Honors College. She is an IB Diploma recipient, who has led many science initiatives in her high school career. She plans on majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minoring in French with the goal of applying to medical school. While working as a college contributor, Magda hopes to help further student interest in the sciences and to raise awareness for opportunities available to pursue.

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Ege Yalcindag, College Writer

Hi, everyone! My name is Ege (like reggae without the R), and I am a rising second year at the University of Chicago pursuing Biological Sciences and the pre-med curriculum. When I am not killing several samples of e. coli in the lab (sorry!), I sing with my a cappella group, write for the newspaper, publish artwork such as drawings and paintings, and tutor my peers. My other loves include tea, music, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, travel, Nutella, Bones, audiobooks, the Office, and RadioLab podcasts.


Aidan Yoo, HS Writer and Recruiting Associate

Hi! My name is Aidan Yoo and I am a High School Contributor and Assistant Recruiting Director. I attend Venice High School STEMM magnet in sunny Los Angeles, CA and I like to think that I am a die hard science (biomed) nerd. I hope to one day be a clinical trial researcher trying to find cures for genetic disorders after I get my MD/PhD. I love to learn and love teaching others in anyway that I can. I am firm believer in STEM and an advocate for more representation of Asian-Americans in leadership roles. Outside of being a part of The Student Scientist, I am extremely involved in my school and community. I serve as class president, captain of the Solar Cup team (engineering competition), and president of our Junior States of America chapter. I am also currently working on starting a program to help cultivate leadership skills and providing more resources for Asian-American students. I also forgot to mention that I’m a Questbridge College Prep Scholar. When I am not busy doing all of this, I am probably studying and spending time with my family.


Jonathan Young, HS Writer

Hi, my name is Jonathan Young, a student taking part in Walt Whitman HS’s PLTW Engineering Program and a participant in FIRST Robotics Team 1389. Ever since I’ve been told time isn’t constant, I couldn’t help but wonder how crazy science can be. Every day we see and experience countless scientific concepts, but when humanity discovers why things happen the way they do, something amazing happens. Science is a path to understanding why, and for humans, that has always been our goal. To this day, I’ve always lived by the words Semper Exploro which in Latin means Always Explore.

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Anna Yuan, HS Minor Contributor

Hi, my name is Anna Yuan and I’m currently attending Walt Whitman High school. I write news for my school’s newspaper, The Black and White. I’m super excited to be a part of this online blog and write about science topics I would otherwise have no place to discuss.


Christina Zhu, HS Writer

Christina Zhu is a rising senior at Winston Churchill High School in Maryland. She plays on her varsity volleyball team at school and club teams off season. Working at the NIH and CNMC, she has found her passion in global health and cognitive neuroscience and wishes to become a doctor in the future. Also, she hopes to reduce stigma regarding mental illness and suicide through volunteering, fundraisers, and this blog. She is excited to be writing on this blog as it is a great platform to share a multitude of perspectives!