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Akshay has wanted to invent since the fifth grade. What had started as doodles of cool futuristic inventions and mechanisms has evolved into grant-winning projects, like LLAMA-Q --- a way to control non-standard robotic mechanisms. This penchant for invention has let Akshay present different projects all over the country, from the Bay Area Maker Faire to MIT. He once spent three nights in a row printing and re-printing objects on his 3D printer to get it just right for a presentation. Akshay has also spent countless nights working on robots. Sometimes working for competitions like FIRST, in which his team held the top ten highest scores in Texas one year, and sometimes working on his projects, like RouXY --- a low-cost, low-stress router. He has worked in education as the director of projects for STEMpump --- a platform for student STEM education. Now, with Curious Cardinals, he hopes to influence young minds to invent and to make.
Alec is a senior at Harvard studying English literature. Last spring, Alec directed, edited and composed music for his own film entitled “Traffic at the Hand Ferry,” and just completed his senior thesis on the HBO series "Deadwood." His interests include literature, poetry, painting and film. Alec has worked as a research partner at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study since his sophomore summer. He has assisted professional researchers and artists in disciplines ranging from documentary photography and archiving, to speech recognition in the Italian language. Also during his sophomore summer, Alec worked as an RA at the Harvard Summer School, acting as a mentor and advisor to twenty high school juniors, as well as leading community service trips to nursing homes and food pantries. At Harvard, Alec is a springboard diver on the Varsity Swimming and Diving team. He was an Ivy League Championship finalist in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons, helping Harvard win championship titles in all three years. While in high school, Alec was an east-national silver medalist on the one-meter springboard, and a national finalist in the three-meter and synchronized diving events. Alec also studied jazz guitar and performed live at venues in and around New York City. Alec hopes to positively influence the lives of students in the way that his old mentors influenced his own.
*Please note: As college and scholarship decisions continue to roll in, I may ask to update this bio later this spring. Thank you!* Alex is a second-year International Baccalaureate student at United World College-USA, one of 18 international boarding schools in the UWC network. He is from Brooklyn, NY and is an alumnus of Brooklyn Technical High School. He co-leads the UWC-USA Model United Nations team and the Student Organization for Admissions and Alumni Relations. At Brooklyn Tech, he was also an active member of his policy debate team, math team, school newspaper, and National Honor Society. He enjoys giving back to the Tech and NYC community by volunteering for the city's Urban Debate League, the city Department of Education, and the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation. Alex's other experiences include an apprenticeship at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York and an internship at Con Edison, one of the largest utility companies in the United States. He is also the author of three math research papers on topics ranging from applied graph theory to cryptography. He is a proud UWC Davis Scholar, Coolidge Senator, AP Scholar with Distinction, National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, and a winner of the Jefferson Scholarship. In his free time, Alex enjoys reading, journaling, playing tennis and hiking. He encourages Curious Cardinals students to work hard at pursuing their passions and to remember that their learning is a marathon, not a sprint!
Alexandra is a rising freshman at Princeton University where she plans to major in Public and International Affairs. Currently taking a gap year, she works as an intelligence analyst to identify and disrupt terrorist networks in North America. In 2020, she graduated from Hunter College High School in her hometown New York. She also attended Manhattan School of Music Precollege as a violinist and pianist and was praised by the New York Times for her musicality and sensitivity. She has been recognized by numerous international competitions, with solo performances at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. She values her intellectual curiosity and has a diverse academic background: she’s researched RNA folding with relevance to HIV treatment, qualified for the invitational round of the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, and written poetry published in literary reviews. As captain of her high school’s classics team, Alexandra won the regional championship twice. She was also individually one of the top Latin students in the country, winning awards for five summa cum laude and four perfect performances on the National Latin Exam. Alexandra received a scholarship from the Department of State to study Russian and now uses her language skills to research American policy in Eastern Europe as a fellow at Sycamore Institute, an undergraduate-run think tank, and to mentor Russian exchange students. Out of the classroom, she captained her high school’s lacrosse team. An experienced teacher and tutor, she always wants to pass her love of learning onto her students.
Amarins Laanstra-Corn is a current sophomore at Stanford University studying International Relations with a focus on security and history. Her academic interests also include neuroscience, art history, psychology, and business. Previously she has held roles at the U.S. House of Representatives, Freedom House (a human rights and democracy NGO), the Lisbon Council (an EU-based economic think tank), and a cybersecurity and defense startup focusing on business development and growth strategy. Well at Stanford, Amarins additionally served as a research assistant for Professor James Fearon in the Center for International Security and Cooperation. There, she worked with data to understand, analyze, and dissect underlying trends of violence, particularly police brutality in Latin America and violence against women in western Africa. Beyond academics, Amarins has long been involved in the arts. Growing up, she studied various mediums of art practice and found herself wandering around museums and galleries for hours while her mother searched for her. She has assisted with curatorial work for local spaces, especially in collections that related to the intersection between activism and art. Recently, she was included in the student advisory group in the search for a new director and bettered practices for Stanford’s Cantor Museum. But most notably, Amarins has worked with Curious Cardinal students in dual art history and practice workshops on topics such as Jean Basquiat and Contemporary African American Art, Repetition and Motifs, and Self Portraits. Lastly, she loves to laugh and dance around kitchens, long walks on the beach, soccer (Go Chelsea!), autobiographies, reading the NYT, traveling with no specific destination in mind, learning about emergent technologies, advocating for women’s rights, going to basketball games, listening to her friends talk their startups, and filling her home with flowers.
Anika is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science Engineering at Princeton University. She graduated from Singapore American School in 2020 where her activities included leading awareness programs for inequality based issues, mentoring for STEM based elementary activities with 20-30 students, founding a mystery and problem solving based club, and playing varsity badminton. In her junior year, she interned at a solar energy company where she analysed and manipulated satellite and sensor data for historical trend analysis and live system monitoring. Since graduating High School, Anika has been a data analytics and programming intern at engineering, financial, and software based companies. Some of her projects include automating and optimising data extraction processes, implementing a daily news extraction and analysis system, and creating a live graph based analysis app used to study and make financial decisions. She is also a News writer for The Daily Princetonian, Princeton's college newspaper. Passionate about STEM and education, she hopes to get students curious and excited about learning.
I am an educator, entrepreneur, and aspiring physician! I graduated from Stanford in June 2020 with a B.S. in Human Biology and a Minor in Modern Languages (Spanish and Hindi). I have taught and provided mentorship all over Stanford as a Human Behavioral Biology Teaching Assistant, student advisor in the Human Biology Department, resident assistant for an all-frosh dormitory, an ESL instructor for Latina custodial workers, and a summer chemistry tutor. Prior to helping found Curious Cardinals, I co-founded Stanford Alzheimer's Alliance, which pairs Stanford undergraduates with residents who are diagnosed with dementia at the Webster House Health Center in Palo Alto, California. Throughout my undergraduate years, I was also heavily involved with other health-related initiatives such as global health research and volunteering with a free clinic! In my free time, I love watching films, going on hikes, and cooking. I can't wait to connect with you and learn about you and your interests!
Austin is pursuing a career in communications and journalism, exploring both creative and formal opportunities for writing. He recently graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English as well as a High Honors creative thesis and is currently working as a freelance writer and editor. His projects have ranged from small radio advertisements and blogs to company rebrands and magazine cover articles. Since establishing his career, he has also explored his own brand of professional storytelling through Dungeons & Dragons, creating unique adventures for all ages in virtual campaigns. Outside of his business, Austin is often still writing and creating throughout the day. He enjoys using poetry and short fiction, especially within the gothic genre, to meditate on the complexities of human emotion and trauma. Believing that artistic expression is the perfect environment for exploring self-identity, he hopes to continue publishing his work while inspiring others to search for their own methods of creation, whatever they may be. When he is not writing, Austin spends time working on his startup and helping the Moose Youth Awareness Program, a nonprofit initiative for educating younger students on topics relevant to their communities. For the last nine years, he has worked with the program as a college-prep and public speaking mentor, a student-teacher, and a conference coordinator. When it's time to relax, he heads out to hike through the mountains of his home state, Virginia, or curls up with his three dachshunds and a good book.
Ava is a freshman at Princeton University concentrating in the School of Public and International Affairs with a certificate in French Language and Culture. She graduated from Riverdale Country School in 2020 where she served as president of the Best Buddies club, forging friendships with students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; she was also captain of the varsity cross country, indoor, and outdoor track teams and wrote for the school newspaper. While navigating her freshman year amidst the pandemic, Ava volunteers with the Princeton Re-Entry Employment Preparation club and writes for the opinions section of her school newspaper. As someone who is spurred on by global politics and passionate about community service Ava hopes to inspire her students to think critically about their surroundings to help make the world a better place!
Ayana is pursuing a major in Computer Science at Stanford University. Her love for STEM bloomed during high school, where she finished in the top 1% of her graduating class and got to explore the complex math problems and mind-boggling science experiments that still inspire her today. Since the day she began coding at age 16, she has loved using black and white code to create colorful, meaningful, and fun projects — from an addicting children’s online game to a mobile app for a non-profit that has impacted over 500,000 low-income students and parents nationwide. In addition to these projects, Ayana has spent summers working with Google and Carnegie Mellon University to further her coding and engineering skills, invent products, and work with industry professionals. Ayana’s passion for teaching flourished during her senior year of high school, where she received a competitive full scholarship from the US Department of State to study abroad in Ghana. By getting to experience another country’s educational system first-hand, it became one of Ayana’s goal to advance global education and ensure students, no matter what part of the world they live in, have the opportunity to truly love learning. Since returning from Ghana, Ayana has spent countless hours teaching computer science, math, web development, and design to students across the globe. She is so excited to continue inspiring students and see the light in their eyes as they solve problems and create meaningful projects.
Tomiwa is passionate about the intersections of business, technology, and education. He is currently a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Computer Science and Business. A few years ago, he wrote a book, “Achieving Balanced Success” that encourages students to balance their academics and responsibilities while exploring their interests assertively. Tomiwa hopes to continue to promote self-discovery through learning at Curious Cardinals by sharing interests of his own. Since high school, his interest in technology and entrepreneurship led him to work with two Y-Combinator companies over the summers. More recently he was a Software Engineering intern at a fintech startup and now has a similar role with a student-found health tech startup. Tomiwa is excited to support students in their learning and exploration. Tomiwa’s teaching experience extends from high school and he was more recently a Teaching Assistant for a Computer Science Class. This combined with Tomiwa’s love for learning makes him excited to provide a great learning experience for students.
Tomiwa is passionate about the intersections of business, technology, and education. He is currently a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Computer Science and Business. A few years ago, he wrote a book, “Achieving Balanced Success” that encourages students to balance their academics and responsibilities while exploring their interests assertively. Tomiwa hopes to continue to promote self-discovery through learning at Curious Cardinals by sharing interests of his own. Since high school, his interest in technology and entrepreneurship led him to work with two Y-Combinator companies in the last few years. More recently he was a Software Engineering intern at a fintech startup and now had a similar role with a student-found health tech startup at Penn. Tomiwa is excited to support students in their learning and exploration. Tomiwa’s teaching experience extends from high school and he was more recently a Teaching Assistant for a Computer Science class. This, combined with Tomiwa’s love for learning, makes him excited to provide a great learning experience for students.
Barron is studying Computer Science at Harvard University. Heavily involved in the entrepreneurship and venture capital community on campus, Barron led product at Harvard Capital Partners and Collegiate Capital Partners, which change the way that venture capital firms interact with university startups. He currently advises a Y Combinator startup in the payments space. Previously, he worked on the Interledger Protocol at Coil while living in South Africa and browser integrations at Puma Browser remotely. Additionally, he contributed to widely used open source libraries with Major League Hacking. Barron is very interested in computer systems and understanding the entire computing stack from hardware to applications. Outside of academic interests, Barron enjoys playing billiards and poker.
Bendix is pursuing a medical degree at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). Already back in high school, he was passionate about medicine and organised events to inform about bone marrow and organ donations when he was student body president. In his gap year after high school, he worked as second surgical assistant in a local hospital and did several internships, one of them in the lab of nobel laureate Ada Yonath, doing research on antibiotic resistances. He even received a financial grant by the prime minister of his state for this internship. Having the opinion that ethics is an important part of research, Bendix founded the International Debate Club for Ethics in Science in early 2020 in collaboration with some friends and the Israeli Weizmann Institute of Science. Apart from academia, Bendix is a semi-professional sailor. He won the German Championships in preolympic sailing back in 2016 and is currently competing at the top of the German sailing league. When he’s not sailing, he gives his knowledge to the younger generations as a sailing coach. With this experience in practical teaching, Bendix is happy to use these teaching techniques when tutoring the nobel laureates of tomorrow in the Curious Cardinals classes.
Benjamin is a freshman at Stanford University planning on majoring in Bioengineering. He grew up in Southern California (the best part of CA) and graduated in the top 1% at his high school. In his junior year, Benjamin became disillusioned with the way math was taught in public schools. Rote memorization was causing students to lose faith in a beautiful subject. He met with school counselors and math teachers and decided the best way to help was to take action himself. Benjamin subsequently became a volunteer peer tutor, arriving early every morning before school to teach disadvantaged students. He eventually transitioned to private tutoring to help a larger volume of students succeed. Benjamin believes that the most important thing about teaching math is a strong foundation from which individuals can build successfully. Outside of traditional math, Benjamin has also studied and written papers on discrete mathematics, linear bifurcation, and chaos theory, and looks forward to exploring the intersection between math and other arts with Curious Cardinals. In his free time, Benjamin likes to go on food crawls, design Minecraft homes with his two younger sisters, and bike on the beach. At Stanford, Benjamin is conducting summer research with Dr. Paul Wang, renowned Director of the Stanford Cardiac Arrhythmia Service and Professor of Medicine and of Bioengineering, where he will use programming to help map ventricular tachycardia in a perfused heart system. Benjamin also facilitates 1-on-1 mentorship events for Vietnamese students as a Public Service Co-Chair for the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association and is an avid writer for The Stanford Daily.
Blake is a Stanford senior from New York interested in all things space. He is studying Aerospace Engineering with a focus on rocket propulsion, hoping to send humans to Mars in the next decade. While becoming an astronaut has always been one of his goals, designing and manufacturing the rockets to put things in space will do for now. He has worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and at a small-rocket startup called ABL Space Systems. Experienced in making, computer-aided 3D modeling, 3D printing, and the physics that powers it all, Blake is excited to help others make an impact on the world. In high school, he became a published author for his astrophysics research on the formation of planets around other stars, which led him to become a Regeneron Science Talent Search national finalist. He has worked as a tutor, a teacher, a boy scout leader, and a STEM educator since high school. He has developed workshops and classes for students ranging from early elementary school to high school and has been a mentor to several students of all age levels. He has a passion to teach and will never stop learning. Blake is also a member of the Stanford marching band, where he plays the alto saxophone, and spends as much time as he can hiking and camping in the outdoors.
Blake is currently pursuing a degree in Government modified Economics and a minor in Human-Centered Design at Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, Blake works for the Rockefeller Center as a policy fellow and as a student assistant for public programs. Blake’s first foray into politics began her junior year of high school when she attended The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL). This Washington D.C. program focuses on crafting cohorts of diverse students into an intentional community that learns to become more ethically-driven and globally aware. Since then, Blake has turned her focus to political media and communications, interning for a New York City public relations firm, and as a speech and copy writer for CNN host Michael Smerconish. In the fall of 2020, she worked as the Press Assistant on the Dr. Al Gross for U.S. Senate campaign based out of Anchorage, Alaska. This spring, she worked as Communications Associate on a local Manhattan campaign. This summer she will be working for a D.C.-based consulting firm. After high school, she took a gap year during which she backpacked her way through South East Asia and studied Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Outside the classroom, Blake is a member of the Dartmouth Figure Skating Club. Blake is excited to challenge her students to question their initial assumptions and to learn strategies for more effective communication.
At Princeton University, Brooke is pursuing a major in Economics and minor in Finance. She graduated from her high school with offers from both Cambridge University and Princeton University, as well as a top 1% GPA across the UK specialising in Chemistry, Latin, Music and Mathematics. Brooke has an unusually strong music academic and performance background. As a junior in high school, she was accepted as the youngest member into the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, alongside being selected as lead Viola for the National Youth String Orchestra. Music theory, history and analysis is of continued interest to her, and she has been able to continue her learning at Princeton. She also started at Princeton as a Chemistry major, so has a strong background in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. However, her ultimate degree in Economics and Finance takes a mathematical route, with a strong focus on Statistics and Econometrics. Brooke is keen to focus on teaching Economics/Finance, Music and Chemistry. She is very excited about sharing her love for these subjects and hopefully to inspire students to enjoy them as much as she does!
Brynn is pursuing a major in Symbolic Systems and a minor in Chinese at Stanford University. She graduated Brentwood High School where she received cum laude honors and the Benjamin Franklin Book Award while working as a peer tutor and as a member of student government, Girl Impact, and the Benefacta Service Board. Brynn also wrote and published her own children’s book, “The Perfect Swish,” financed through her own Kickstarter campaign. Her book was inspired by her work for the last ten years raising money for and personally delivering wheelchairs to Israel, South Africa, Vietnam, West Virginia, and Ecuador. Brynn's love of language also led her to co-found an organization dedicated to recording the life stories of the elderly. Brynn also has volunteered for several years as a listener at TEENLINE, a teen-to-teen suicide hotline. Brynn's experiences have trained her to actively listen, empathize, and figure out unique ways to connect to others. Brynn cannot wait to use that training to bolster students’ self-confidence and love of learning. Outside of academics, Brynn loves to engage in deep conversations about life. She cherishes her time with family and friends, reading, watching tv (especially all things Marvel), and running. Throughout her learning career, Brynn has come to realize it’s not about who’s the first one to understand the lesson or the fastest one to answer the question. She believes George Evans, an American cartoonist, sums up learning perfectly: “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.”
Camille is a Columbus, Ohio native who is majoring in Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. Camille is often on the go, between her position as co-editor in chief of TigerTrends, Princeton’s premier fashion and lifestyle magazine, and her position in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students assisting student organizations with their budgets and purchases. Between these commitments and her studies, Camille is an active member of Princeton Women’s Club Volleyball, Princeton Baking Club, as well as Black Student Union and Princeton Association of Black Women. Camille believes that the secret to conquering humanity’s most pressing issues lies in our connections through education. She previously worked with the Northern Kenyan Conservation Clubs (NKCC), which are partnered with both Princeton University and Mpala Research Centre located in Mpala, Kenya. NKCC serves to teach students grades 3 through 8 about conservation, ecology, and environmentalism through hands-on games, activities, and lessons. During her tenure at Mpala, she developed lesson plans centered around relevant environmental topics critical for Kenyan students to understand as they grow into the nation’s next generation of leaders.
Catherine is an undergraduate student at Stanford double-majoring in Economics and Philosophy. She grew up in Paris, France before moving to Geneva, Switzerland where she pursued a French Baccalaureate. In high school, Catherine explored many academic fields. In her freshman year, she spent a semester in a German boarding school, where she became fluent in German, was an active member of the debate team, and became passionate about 20th century history. She was then selected to participate in the Athena program at the University of Geneva, which enabled her to take part in a first-year university Physics class. Moreover, her interest in human rights law led her to intern at the United Nations Human Rights Council, and start a fundraising project for abused migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and Hong Kong. After reading Camus and Sartre, Catherine also developed a passion for existentialism, which led her to taking a philosophy class at the Phillips Exeter Summer School, reading philosophy books in her free time, and eventually being a finalist at the Swiss Philosophy Olympiad. Outside of school, Catherine pursued classical piano at the Geneva Music Conservatory (she loves Chopin!). At Stanford, Catherine is taking a variety of classes, ranging from macroeconomics to computer science to meditation! She is also the VP of the Stanford Economics Association, and recently helped organize the Stanford-MIT COVID-19 Policy Hackathon. She is interested in learning more about public policy and the intersection between Economics and Law, and is currently a research assistant to Dr. Michael Boskin, the former Chair of the US President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She cannot wait to transmit her passion for learning!
Cece King currently studies Arabic and Geography at Dartmouth College. She recently finished a gap year where she was on the founding team of Curious Cardinals and worked as a production assistant on a documentary about emerging artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. A journalist, she wrote a column for the Camden Herald the prior summer and has contributed to various publications in New York and Maine. She recently received a grant to research the history of women at Dartmouth College and previously researched regime change in the Congo for a Foreign Affairs author’s book. In 2019, Cece finished her term as a voting member of Manhattan Community Board 8 after she was awarded a City Council Citation, where she represented her 230,000 person district and sat on the Small Business and Education Committees. The summer before, she traveled to Texas as a legal assistant and Spanish interpreter at the Immigration Justice Campaign’s Dilley Pro Bono Project, helping prepare detained immigrants for asylum interviews. She now serves on the executive board of the Coalition for Immigration Reform and Equality at Dartmouth! In high school she spent a semester studying ethics and policy in Washington D.C. at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership. She later received a National Security Language Initiative scholarship from the US Department of State to live in Rabat, Morocco and study Arabic. Cece has also performed with the largest children’s circus in North America and continues to train professionally and with her Dartmouth Aerial Arts club. When she’s not exploring new corners of the world, she’s choreographing aerial acts in her head or brainstorming her next halloween costume–she dressed up as Gloria Steinem her senior year of high school.
Chance studies archaeology and computer science at Brown University while pursuing a career as a singer-songwriter. In 2017, Chance posted his self-produced EP, recorded in his high school music building’s attic, to his Facebook and Instagram. The word spread, local radio got on board, and the EP ascended the iTunes Charts. Four years and one album later, Chance has nearly two million streams on Spotify. Chance graduated summa cum laude from St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire and spent his most recent semester abroad in Tainan City, Taiwan as a visiting scholar studying Southeast Asian Neolithic archaeology. Chance has presented at the MIT Inspire national research competition for his paper on biomimetic innovation, interned as a cartographical archivist in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and biked two thousand kilometers through Northern Patagonia. As a Curious Cardinal teacher, Chance will help his students find their voice through anything from producing the next smash TikTok hit to seeking out undiscovered Mayan cities with drones or making banjos with nothing more than bananas and a circuit board.
Charlie is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has not declared a major, but is interested in Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology, and History. Charlie played ultimate frisbee in high school, and won Rookie of the Year on the Stanford Club Ultimate Frisbee team. He was a member of his high school’s “Green Team”, and organized/gave presentations about the importance of recycling and composting in elementary schools in Minneapolis. He has worked as a summer camp counselor for the last three years, teaching classes such as Mock Trials and The Amazing Race. Charlie volunteered as a youth soccer referee and coach, in addition to playing soccer for his entire life. Most recently, he was a volunteer fellow for the Colorado Democrats, leading phone banking sessions to help keep Colorado blue. He will also be a Stanford campus tour guide for prospective students and their families next fall. He loves reading, politics, sports (especially fantasy football), and philosophical discussions. Charlie hopes to encourage students to follow their passions at Curious Cardinals, no matter what those passions may be.
Charlotte is a junior at Northwestern University, double majoring in Computer Science and Dance with a minor in English Literature. Charlotte led the Peer Tutoring Program at Riverdale Country School and is now a Teacher's Assistant/ Peer Mentor for the Computer Science Department where she holds office hours, teaches weekly tutorial sessions and mentors her amazing students! She recently received the Spring 2020 Peter and Adrienne Barris Service Award for excellence in teaching. Specifically interested in Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, and App Development, she is also a member of WiC (Women in Computing) where she promotes her fellow Women in STEM. She sees CS as an intersection of logic and creativity —a fusion of math, puzzles, and art. Fluent in Spanish, Char also studied ethics, international policy, Arabic, and Mandarin in D.C. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership. She has continued her studies with the school as a guest speaker in Shakespeare as well as a mentee of Carl Wilkens in Rwanda. Her biggest passion project is founding Mission S.P.A. (Sanitary Product Awareness), a non-profit that collects and donates sanitary products to local NYC shelters along with schools in Nepal. When Charlotte is not computing, dancing, or advocating for gender equity worldwide, she is training for triathlons, watching House, and cooking vegan pasta. Her eclectic academic interests match her enthusiastic, warm, and individualized approach to teaching, mentoring, tutoring, and learning.
Chloe is currently a product designer at the financial services startup, Carta. She recently finished her master's degree at Stanford in mechanical design engineering, where she also studied product design during undergrad. She has been a teaching assistant all throughout her master's program, teaching 4 human-computer interaction courses within Stanford's computer science department. Recognized as a top teaching assistant within the department - an award only given to the top 5% of teaching assistants, Chloe is passionate around UI/UX design education and has coached 100+ students and their teams to successfully complete mobile app projects. Professionally, Chloe has worked at 2 health startups doing web and mobile design, and was selected to be 1 of 11 Kleiner Perkins Design Fellows nationwide in 2020. Chloe is originally from Buffalo, New York. In high school, she was awarded Scholar Athlete as captain of her tennis team, a first chair viola player in her school's orchestra, and valedictorian. She loves to travel, and has studied abroad in Florence as well as Tokyo. In her free time, Chloe enjoys sewing her own clothes and is a huge foodie!
Clara is a rising junior at Stanford University majoring in Computer Science and Product Design. She’s passionate about Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, and App Development. Clara loves teaching and has spent much of her time mentoring students in Computer Science. When Clara is not computing, designing, or mentoring young students, she is rowing for Stanford’s lightweight rowing team, rock climbing, skiing, and cooking. Clara can’t wait to explore the interests and passions of her Curious Cardinals students!
Clarissa graduated from Stanford University in 2020 with a degree in Human Biology, emphasizing anatomy and physiology, and a Spanish minor. Graduating with the Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology, Clarissa still managed to be involved as a student advisor in the Human Biology department, a tutor in Human Biology through the Center for Teaching and Learning, and a swim coach for both recreational courses offered to Stanford affiliated adults and children and Stanford's Competitive Club Swim Team. She also devoted many hours to interning with rehabilitation clinics in the surrounding Stanford area, singing in Stanford's Testimony A Cappella group, and becoming a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Clarissa's study abroad experience in Madrid, Spain allowed her to intern with orthopedic surgeons, where she strengthened her medical Spanish and cultural awareness, preparing her for a future career in physical therapy, where she hopes to work with Spanish-speaking communities. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Columbia University, Clarissa serves as student-faculty liaison, engages with the organization CanWarriors - a program designed to provide physical activity opportunities for pediatric oncology patients, and plans to pursue a career in either pediatrics or women's health physical therapy. When Clarissa is not studying or working, you can find her in the pool or on the pool deck. A competitive swimmer of 10 years and swim coach of 6 years, including being the founder of the Swim Lessons and Awareness Program summer of her junior year of high school, Clarissa finds her happy place being surrounded by water and swimmers. And, like any athlete, when she is not swimming, she is eating! Clarissa loves to explore new places and find different cuisines that she can bring back to her own kitchen. Clarissa is passionate about mindfulness, meditation, and self-compassion, always encouraging others to find ways to enhance their well-being. It has been and will always be her goal to foster strong relationships with those around her and be a dependable resource that anyone can turn to for support and encouragement. She believes passion is the foundation for learning and is excited to explore students' passions as a Curious Cardinals team member.
Dean is pursuing undergraduate and coterminal master’s degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University. A firm believer in the potential of Big Data and Machine Learning, his focus is in Artificial Intelligence, and he has taken courses in Natural Language Processing, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, and more. His other interests within CS include mobile, web, and game development. Recently, Dean has had two software engineering internships at Apple - one as an Algorithms R&D Engineer for the Camera & Photos team, and one as a Machine Learning Engineer. Prior to that, he interned at a small startup named Quadric working on Convolutional Neural Networks. With his extra time in quarantine, he built his own portfolio website from scratch, worked on an automatic Secret Santa program, and coded a user interface to display the weather in any city. His teaching experience includes leading Python, Java, Arduino, and IoT classes for high schoolers, volunteering as a one-on-one abacus tutor for individuals with autism, and helping his two younger siblings on their schoolwork. After a successful junior career as a tennis player, Dean also walked on to the Men’s Varsity Tennis Team at Stanford. He dedicates 20+ hours per week between practices, workouts, matches, and more.
Darnell “DeeSoul” Carson (He/They) is a Black queer poet, performer, and educator from San Diego, CA, Co-Director of the award-winning Stanford Spoken Word Collective, and Editorial Assistant at The Adroit Journal. A 2020 TWH Writing Workshop Fellow and 2021 Pigeon Pages NYC Poetry Prize recipient, his work has been featured on Write About Now Poetry and Button Poetry, and in The Adroit Journal, Between My Body and The Air (A Youth Speaks Poetry Anthology), and elsewhere. Most recently, he has released his chapbook, Running From Streetlights (2020), an examination of Blackness and being in America. This spring, he will receive a degree in Cultural/Social Psychology with a minor in Creative Writing at Stanford University and will be a Writer in the Public Schools Fellow in the NYU M.F.A program in Fall 2021. ​ DeeSoul’s poetry springs forth from the intersections of race, sexuality, and family, among others. In his work, he uses the curation of images and the expansive nature of personal narrative to draw out the universal truths hiding in our everyday experiences. He believes not just in the power of our storms, but also in the joy standing in the middle. DeeSoul’s poetry draws influence from many great poets before him, including Porsha Olayiwola, Crystal Valentine, Ebony Stewart, Danez Smith, Rudy Francisco, and the new and amazing poets he comes across every day.
Diya is currently a sophomore at Colorado College pursuing a major in Neuroscience and minors in Education and Biochemistry. After she graduates, Diya plans to attend medical school. She attended high school in Middlebury Vermont, the land of cows and Ben & Jerry’s. Senior year, Diya was captain of her varsity dance team and president of her school club SCOHR (Student Coalition on Human Rights.) Diya is passionate about global and medical outreach along with all things STEM related. In India, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico, Diya has worked to excite K-12 students about STEM while also teaching English and American Sign Language. She has also aided in hurricane relief by aiding in rebuilding damaged schools and homes and providing medical assistance to those who were injured by such events. Most recently, she has worked with the University of Vermont’s Larner Medical School Residency students to write a case report about a rare case of Ovarian Melanoma. At Colorado College, Diya is also a Community Engaged Scholar which has allowed her to become involved with her community about things ranging from diabetes awareness to providing shelter for the homeless. At Curious Cardinals she is focused on teaching STEM subjects along with Spanish, American Sign Language, and Dance related courses. Diya hopes to inspire and help students find what they are passionate about pursue it to its full extent!
Elena is a Stanford senior studying the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) track of Symbolic Systems, an interdisciplinary major composed primarily of Computer Science with courses in Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics. She is also the first student to officially minor in Ethics and Technology at Stanford. Outside of her studies, Elena teaches a section for Stanford’s introductory Computer Science course and a Product Design course called “Designing Research Based Interventions to Solve Global Health Problems.” She co-created the Teach CS 4 Good program for high school students ( and is currently the President of Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurial Students’ Association (SENSA). She was a Donald Kennedy Public Service Fellow and has worked in a health-tech social enterprise as a product manager since Spring 2019 developing a concussion education product that will be used by 19 of the US Olympic Committee’s national governing bodies (USA Soccer, USA Gymnastics, USA Football, etc) and various medical institutions across the US. In her free time Elena loves to read, search for hidden gem Spotify artists and venture outside. Elena is eager to share her passion for developing strategies and policies that harness technology for its maximum positive impact while limiting its negative consequences. She hopes to illuminate how tech giants of today are quietly shaping our lives, minds and world, with her ultimate goal of empowering students to both demand more ethical products from today’s technology industry and to build the most positively-powerful tools of tomorrow.
Elie graduated from Stanford in 2020 with a B.A. in Human Biology, concentrating in global maternal-child health. During her undergrad she split her time working in early childhood learning research, human biology courses, and continuing her practice of musical theater. As a high school student, Elie was part of a pre-professional dance program, and spent summers in New York practicing musical theater. She graduated cum laude from Sacramento Country Day School and was an AP scholar with honors. Elie is fluent in Spanish and received the National Hispanic Achievement Award. Elie has always had a passion for teaching. Throughout high school she volunteered as a chemistry teaching assistant and a math tutor. In college she tutored middle and high school students across a variety of academic subjects including high school math and college admission essay writing. She also uses her passion for dance and the arts as a teacher. In high school, she founded A Chance to Dance: a program that provides free dance classes to children in migrant farm worker communities around California. Elie has a plethora of experience working with children. She was a volunteer counselor every summer at Stanford Camp Kesem, a camp for children who's parents have been affected by or passed away from cancer. She was also a counselor at Stanford Sierra Camp. In both programs, she worked with children ages 5-15. Elie is qualified and excited to tutor and teach math, science, writing, and musical theater/dance. At curious cardinals, Elie is excited to empower kids to pursue any and all of their dreams! She can't wait to meet you!
Elsa is currently pursuing a Film and Media Studies Major at Columbia University. A born and bred New Yorker, Elsa has studied filmmaking and film theory at NYU Tisch, School of Visual Arts, and the Ghetto Film School. At the latter institution, her short screenplay “His Diana” was selected to be produced at the Frick Museum with a budget of over $20,000, and the script was read at an event with David O. Russell, James Ivory, Ansel Elgort, and more as actors/in attendance. Elsa has volunteered at film festivals and twice at the International Emmy Awards, and she has studied acting and Shakespeare performance at the Stella Adler Conservatory, the British American Drama Academy, and NYU Steinhardt. Her artistic mission is to reinterpret pieces of the Western canon to voice perspectives too often marginalized by Hollywood, particularly those of young women. At Columbia, Elsa performs with the Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe and serves on the group’s Executive Board. Elsa was also accepted into the Columbia University Scholars Program as a John Jay Scholar, and she uses this opportunity to intern in the film industry in positions of script coverage and creative development. Elsa spends many hours as Box Office Representative at Columbia’s Arts Initiative, and sells discounted tickets to all the theatrical, orchestral, and dance performances NYC has to offer (and she is always open to give suggestions)!
Emily is a working artist living and creating in New York City. She received a full scholarship to Rhode Island School of Design, where she earned a BFA in sculpture and furniture design. After graduating in 2018, Emily began working as a scenic carpenter and sculptor. Her skillsets include soldering, upholstery, carving, pattern making, sewing, wood and metal working. Emily is currently working as a fabricator and apprentice for her favorite designer and idol, Gaetano Pesce. In her free time, Emily is an avid nature explorer and film photographer. Emily became passionate about creating when she was very young, and she hopes to inspire her students to develop confidence in their abilities to design and create artwork.
Emma is an avid learner majoring in Astrophysics and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California Berkeley. In 2019, Emma graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Paul’s School with awards in Science, Music and Mathematics. While at St. Paul’s, Emma tutored children aged 7-12 from local public schools in STEM topics. Emma interned at MIT’s International Center for Air Transportation and worked on a project called the Analysis of Urban Air Mobility Constraints that studied potential implementations of ‘flying car’ technology. Upon her graduation, Emma was awarded the Lovejoy Science Prize for integration of science into a liberal arts education. After her graduation, Emma took a gap year and taught young girls about feminism, politics, and history in Cape Town, backpacked the Kathmandu Valley Rim in Nepal, and worked as a counsellor at a sleepaway summer camp in Vermont. At UC Berkeley, Emma has explored a plethora of disciplines external to her majors. In her first semester at Berkeley, she was chosen to conduct research in the Anthropology department relating to Middle Meningeal and Endocranial data. She is part of a wide variety of clubs across campus including the ASUC Sustainability Commission, the Student Organic Gardening Association, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Workshop, the Art and Mind Organization, and the Free Peach Comedy and Sketch Group. In addition to her coursework and numerous clubs, Emma often spends time hiking, painting, or reading and watching Harry Potter!
Emma is a pre-medical student at Stanford, majoring in Biology with a Neuroscience specialty and a minor in psychology. Emma is currently a lab assistant in the Stanford Neurodevelopment Affect and pathology lab. When not in the lab, she can be found volunteering at Stanford Hospital or planning Stanford Premedical Association service events. She also loves philosophy, and was invited to apply to write an Honors thesis under the Stanford Center for Ethics and Society. Previously Emma also interned for the childhood psychology startup BabyNoggin, researching the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on early education. Emma was honored as Valedictorian of her graduating class at Woodside Priory Highschool and excelled at Model United Nations. She led her cross country team to state championships as varsity captain, and is passionate about her work coaching underserved girls with Bay Area Women’s Sports initiative. A lover of all things French, Emma speaks the language with her mother and loves discussing French art, film and culture. During her junior summer she served as a Dr. James Fann Teaching Fellow in the Cardiothoracic labs at Stanford, having dedicated her previous summers to cardiac study. Emma is also one of the youngest people to assist in the operating room in the first phase of a heart transplant alongside her mentor, Cardiothoracic Surgeon Paul Chang. She is also a certified EMT!
Enjolique Hughes was born and raised in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. In high school, she was a very active member of her soccer and volleyball teams, traveling nationally to compete. Enjolique also founded her school’s Space Club, winning the NASA AMES Space Settlement Design Competition as the club’s president and being selected as a student delegate for the International MoonBase Summit and the International Space Development Conference. Through these achievements, she received recognition from the office of the governor for representing Hawai’i on the international level. She was also heavily involved in her school’s musical theatre program.  Enjolique is now a junior at Princeton University where she is majoring in History while completing Pre-Medical requirements, and obtaining certificates in European Cultural Studies and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. She is a member of Army ROTC, the President of the Hawai’i Club, and a captain of the Women’s club volleyball team. She has also worked as a researcher in Holocaust history, as a nursing assistant at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and as an administrative assistant at Project Expedite Justice. After graduating from Princeton, she hopes to attend medical school. Enjolique is passionate about alternative historical narratives, international law, space settlement design, musical theatre, and rural healthcare. She especially cares about the representation of women of color in demographically challenging spaces. Through education, she hopes to empower students to seek out truths in the stories others tell.
Esther is a first-generation Stanford 2020 graduate from Brooklyn, New York. During her time at Stanford she majored in History and published her original scholarship on HIV/AIDS and policing in Stanford's undergraduate History journal. Since graduating, she has worked with the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project to prevent COVID-19 from influencing election outcomes, wrote fact briefs to dispel fake news all over social media, and is currently a research assistant for fantasy novelist Tomi Adeyemi. She is a multi-media storyteller interested in writing, filmmaking, magazine-making, and music-mixing.
Ethan, a San Diego native, studies physics at Yale University. In 2020, he graduated from Westview High School, where he led the instrumental music program and maintained a top GPA. At the end of his senior year, Ethan received the prestigious national John Philip Sousa Band Award. With two scientists for parents, Ethan has been passionate about STEM from a young age. Long a fan of NOVA and Mythbusters, he is deeply curious about the workings of the world around him (hence the physics major). A dedicated trumpet player, Ethan was repeatedly selected as a California All-State musician. He spent weekends in high school playing with a youth orchestra, and often performs paid gigs around San Diego. Ethan rediscovered a love for the outdoors during his gap year, and is currently on a quest to summit every 14er in California. He often spends weekends on camping trips, and hopes to backpack the Pacific Crest Trail someday. An accomplished sound engineer, Ethan enjoys technical theatre. He led audio teams on award-winning productions in high school, and also enjoys studio recording. Ethan believes that this wide spectrum of interests has made him who he is today, and takes pride in enjoying everything from jazz to chess. He is thrilled to bring this unique mix to teaching at Curious Cardinals.
I am pursuing a major in Human Biology with a concentration in Child Development and a minor in Education. In 2019, I was Cum Laude and won the Public Service Award at Cate School. At Stanford, I am a project manager for the Design Education team in Stanford Women in Design, where she leads workshops on branding, marketing, and storytelling. She is also the Teaching Coordinator for Flying Treehouse, a children’s theater group that teaches creative writing to 2nd and 3rd graders, then transforms their stories into skits and songs so students can see their stories come to life. In the past few months, she has contributed to grant writing for the nonprofit Bridging Tech Charitable Fund, which was designed to bridge the digital divide by providing tutoring and devices to students at homeless shelters. I am also an Undergraduate Research Assistant with a remote learning lab in the Stanford Graduate School of Education.  Outside of Stanford, I explored my interest in Early Childhood Education at the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco where I created caregiver guides with technology-free tips and activities to do with kids ages 2-5. I love to engage in my own creative practices like drawing, painting, writing, and cooking. In all, I am a passionate educator who aims to foster creative confidence in students of all ages. 
Freddie is a senior at Harvard studying History, Literature, and Economics, and she's passionate about all things comedy and writing! She began performing standup and improv in Singapore at age 10 and has since continued performing in Boston, New York, and London. Freddie also writes comedic articles for a variety of online magazines, including Reductress, the Harvard Lampoon, and the feminist comedy zine she co-founded with fellow undergraduates. In her time at Harvard, Freddie has served as president of the Standup Comic Society and an associate editor of the campus satirical newspaper. At Curious Cardinals, she’s is excited to help students find their own comedic voice and learn that passion drives growth: anyone can learn to be an expert in an area they love!
Gaya is a sophomore who intends to major in Mind, Brain, Behavior with a Psychology specialty at Harvard. She also serves as a research assistant to both Dr. Alexandra Harrisson and Dr. James Beck, helping their respective research into infant-parent mental health and the history of psychiatry, respectively. Taking her interest in psychology outside the classroom, Gaya serves as a University Health Services trained staffer at Contact Peer Counseling, providing non-directive services to Harvard undergraduates looking to talk about their mental health. Having grown up in India, she is a board member of the Harvard US-India Initiative and active within the international student community. Gaya speaks 5 languages and is passionate about learning even more about different cultures through their languages. She also loves learning about new cultures through their cuisines; she ran the cooking club in high school and can often be found experimenting with culinary techniques, setting off fire alarms one kitchen at a time but eventually learning something valuable. She spearheaded the leadership series, which connected Indian pioneers ranging from business tycoons to Bollywood personalities with students at her high school. She also served as editor in chief for the press coverage body of Asia’s largest THIMUN conference. She got the opportunity to go to The Hague to provide press coverage at THIMUN. Gaya served two terms on student government and played for her high school's soccer team for all four years. She is also an avid skier who has been certified by École du Ski Français. Before starting at Curious Cardinals, Gaya spent 6 years as a teaching aid at a school for students with different learning needs, working on everything from helping high school students with art projects to helping lower school students articulate and regulate their emotions. Because of her special education background, she believes that inclusion and diversity must be present in every classroom and that it is important that education equips learners with emotion management skills and critical thinking.
Grace is a senior at Stanford University majoring in English and Psychology. She is passionate about business and entrepreneurship, having founded her own company in high school. She is also interested in finance and will be working on a trading desk at Goldman Sachs upon graduation.
Grace graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in Social Studies and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Economic Policy Management at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Grace has been teaching and tutoring internationally for eight years now, and nothing brings her more joy than connecting with her students and guiding them along their learning journeys! At Curious Cardinals, Grace has taught workshops on Unconventional Leadership, the Fundamentals of Business, and Applied Economics and Personal Finance. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Small Claims Advisory Service, where she oversaw over 600 client cases and grew the client base by 18% in an effort to help Massachusetts residents seek legal redress on small claims issues. Grace also worked in the international organizations division of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the public policy division of the Namibian Ministry of Education, and on the Kamala Harris for U.S. Senate campaign. Grace is originally from Los Angeles, where she graduated as Head Prefect from Harvard-Westlake School. Her dream job is to become a university president. In her free time, Grace enjoys Latin dancing, playing tennis, and practicing yoga and meditation.
Hamsini is pursuing a major in Healthcare Management along with a pre-med track at the University of Texas at Dallas. As a sophomore at UTD, she is currently a research assistant at the University of Houston in the MIND Lab where she is researching the effects of TBI on pain and headache while learning about the entrepreneurship world and innovation occurring in the healthcare space as a venture capital fellow at Dipper Research Partners. After developing a business plan for a startup idea freshman year, participating in an accelerator program, and pitching her idea at various competitions, Hamsini found her passion for innovation. As she began discovering the zeal it takes to be a founder, Hamsini began developing and leading her own public policy research projects to learn more about the breaches in the healthcare system. In addition, she enjoys tutoring on the side and leading a non-profit organization that hosts an annual model united nations conference for high school students. As her interests extend over a broad range, Hamsini is looking to learn the most she can from each interaction and experience she comes across. At Curious Cardinals, she cannot be more excited to share her unique experiences with the students, enhance their learning in medicine, and broaden their perspectives on life.
Isaac is pursuing a major in American history and a minor in Spanish at Stanford University, where he is an editor of Stanford Law School’s Stanford Technology Law Review and a member of the club water polo team. Isaac was previously a Senior Analyst with Stanford Consulting, where he devised business solutions for a multinational Fortune 500 company and two unicorn startups. Outside of the classroom, Isaac has worked in Congressman Adam Schiff’s Washington, D.C. office and for the Am Law top-200 firm Kobre & Kim. Before Stanford, Isaac attended Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA, where he graduated cum laude and captained Poly’s water polo and debate teams, winning multiple national championships in parliamentary debate.
Isaac is a junior at Northwestern University majoring in journalism and pursuing minors in marketing and history. Isaac is passionate about reporting, writing, and crafting engaging narratives. From interviewing a San Francisco based artist about his interactive sound installation to speaking to city government leaders about public transportation reforms, Isaac is always searching for meaningful stories to answer his own questions and learn more about the world around him. At in the Medill School of Journalism, he’s taken classes like data visualization, multimedia reporting, and even tried his hand with a bit of HTML coding this past quarter. Outside of the classroom, Isaac is a senior editor of North by Northwestern, the university’s leading print-magazine. He is also a frequent contributor to WNUR Radio, reporting and producing audio stories about the Northwestern and Evanston community. Last winter, he was selected to participate in Northwestern’s Bay Area Immersion Program, a unique quarter-long program based in San Francisco examining the intersections of journalism, design, and technology. Last summer, Isaac was a reporting intern for The Village Sun, a local online newspaper covering New York City’s downtown neighborhoods. Isaac is a proud New Yorker – he was a 13-year “survivor” at The Collegiate School where he was captain of the track team, editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, and peer mentor for underclassmen. In his free time, Isaac loves to run in Central Park, watch his favorite soccer team (Liverpool), and do The New York Times daily crossword.
Jack Riley is a rising junior at Brown University studying Music and Computer Science. He is a co-president and co-founder of the Brown Organization of Producers and Songwriters (BOPS), as well as technical director and executive board member for Tunes for Change, a Brown organization that hosts charitable benefit concerts. In 2021, he was a recipient of the Brown Department of Music Margery MacColl Award for outstanding musicianship. Jack is an accredited music producer who, at 19, had songs featured on Spotify’s “New Music Friday,” “Anti Pop,” and “Fresh Finds” editorial playlists. A drummer and bassist at heart, his work ranges from hip-hop to indie pop to folk. An impassioned teacher, Jack has taught music at School of Rock, and in fall 2020 designed and taught a music production course at Wave Learning Festival. He is also a teaching assistant in computer science courses at Brown, and taught Java programming at iD Tech Camps in summer 2020. Though he has since left collegiate track & field to spend more time music-making, Jack graduated from Harvard-Westlake in 2019 a two-time CIF Champion, California state finalist, and school record-holder as a sprinter. While injuries may still plague him, Jack remains a track fanatic at heart, running or cycling in his spare time.
Jamie is pursuing a double major in Marketing and Information Systems with a minor in Chinese Studies at The Boston College Carroll School of Management. In 2018, she graduated as the student body president of her class at Hunter College High School, one of the most prestigious high schools in New York City. In her senior year of high school, Jamie won the David R. Friesner Award, a scholarship worth $10,000, for excelling in Spanish studies. Currently, Jamie works as the Marketing Lead for a VC-backed startup called Ladder, where she leads the social media and growth strategy to further expand the platform's number of users. On campus, she leads initiatives to advocate for increased resources for first generation students as the President of the First Generation Club of Boston College. At Curious Cardinals, Jamie hopes to share her passion for Marketing with students of all backgrounds and inspire them to dream big!
Javi recently graduated magna cum laude with highest honors in Philosophy from Harvard College, where he also minored in English. On campus, he was a member of the Fiction Board of the Harvard Advocate, the college’s literary and arts magazine, and was been awarded the Ecker Short Story Prize and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for his short fiction. A native Spanish-speaker and lover of languages, Javi has studied French, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin. He worked as a research partner on a project to develop a novel speech recognition system for the Italian language in association with the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Outside the classroom, Javi is passionate about film, having interned at movie studios in Los Angeles. He co-wrote a Cinema Studies textbook, and has been invited to give lectures and presentations on film. In high school, he spent a summer in Paris researching the history of French cinema at the Cinematheque Française for a book. Javi subsequently won the academic awards for English, French, and Cinema Studies, along with the Blanche Nelson Boyle Award for academic excellence and social contribution. Additionally, Javi is a licensed pilot with 300 hours of flight experience. He has flown a variety of different aircraft ranging from gliders to jets. Javi has used aviation as a way to give back to the community, volunteering for the organizations Wings of Rescue and Angel Flight West, which use private aviation to achieve humanitarian and medical ends. Above all, Javi is eager to help students reach their academic and intellectual goals by inspiring a deep passion for learning, whatever the subject may be.
Josué is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Product Realization at Stanford University. In 2019, he graduated from Alisal High School in Salinas, California as the Valedictorian and four year captain of the Varsity basketball team. Growing up in a community of predominantly Latino immigrants opened his eyes to the large inequalities in society. He has been involved in various forms of activism in his community, including helping found the Monterey County Black and Brown Solidarity Coalition this summer, where they organized a 14-mile march to speak against police brutality and systematic racism. In addition, Josué’s passion for engineering and design came from when he joined the Robotics club in high school and his team won first place at a regional competition. This opened his eyes to the myriad of creative projects that can be done through engineering. Since then, he has worked on addressing issues like socioeconomic inequity in solar energy through his internship with Shake Energy Collaborative, to currently working on a product to address the issue of global hunger with the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Student Association. He also serves as a Team Manager for the Men’s Basketball Team and founded a custom shoe painting business with his dad and brother. Whether you have a design idea or want to learn Spanish, Josué is eager to speak with students about any of his passions. He is a big believer in “learning by doing”, and he is excited to collaborate with students on any curiosities they might have!
Julia is a rising junior at Harvard, majoring in Economics with a minor in Government. On campus, she is an avid member of the Harvard Financial Analysts Club and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, where she has led various projects studying the intersection between politics and STEM fields alongside distinguished Harvard professors. She is also a former member of the Harvard Track and Field team. In high school, Julia was the salutatorian of her grade, a member of Model UN, her school’s Math Team, and also the founder of her school’s KIVA chapter, a non profit microfinance organization that allows people to invest in low-income small businesses and entrepreneurs around the world. Despite her academic focus on math, she received various awards across many disciplines, such as the American Chemical Society’s National Achievement Award and Maxima Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam. She loves to study languages, fluent in Spanish after partaking in an exchange program in Madrid. Julia also competed at the national level in cross country and track. She was the team captain and received the MVP award for each season she competed, as well as the New York State Sportsmanship Award, recognizing her positive attitude alongside athletic achievements. Julia has worked as a summer camp counselor for five summers, and has had much experience both working with and tutoring kids. Julia is extremely excited to share her passion for learning across various disciplines and help students reach new milestones in their academic careers.
Julia is pursuing a major in Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University with minors in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Political Science, and Symbolic Systems. Since their freshman fall in 2017, they have led multiple student groups successfully. Currently, they are the co-president of the Stanford Student Space Initiative, Fascinate Publication, and Alpha Chi Omega, the captain of the Model UN team, and the financial officer of Health Education for Lifetime Partnerships, Stanford Applied Cybersecurity, and Student Alliance for Justice in Education. In their free time, they belong to a space-themed cover band, The Artemis Generation, where they play guitar. In addition, they figure skate and rollerblade regularly, and they love to watch and play baseball. Crafts are another hobby of theirs, and they sold handmade bracelets and other creations in high school to raise $2,000 for mental health awareness. Their previous work with students is wide-ranging, including tutoring through the National Honors Society in high school, coaching gymnastics for two years, and leading health education workshops for middle school students. They look forward to inspiring more students through Curious Cardinals!
Kate is passionate about the ways in which history, art and literature can turn hindsight into foresight and strengthen social justice activism. She uses this lens in her work as an intern the Correctional Association of New York (CANY), the only organization given state mandate to survey conditions in prisons and communicate their findings to legislature and the greater public. When she isn’t working, Kate loves to lose herself in a good book or work on creative writing projects!
Katie is currently pursuing a major in Computer Science at Princeton University. From Ponte Vedra, Florida, she was valedictorian of her graduating class and excelled in her independent summer research in computational astrophysics and her personal entrepreneurial ventures, developing an end-to-end application launched on the Google Play Store. At Princeton, Katie is involved in business and finance-related clubs, developing her passions for leadership and investing. She is an analyst with Tiger Capital Management, the only private, student-run investment fund that provides Princeton undergraduate students with practical investing experience through the pursuit of market-beating returns. Moreover, she was the Director of Human Capital for Business Today, a 501c3 organization with a mission of creating a dynamic community for influential business leaders to interact with undergraduate students from campuses worldwide. In addition, she was selected as a course grader for one of her computer science classes as a result of academic performance and professor recommendation. During her sophomore summer, Katie worked as a project management intern on the Outlook Business and Growth team at Microsoft in Seattle. She ultimately redesigned the onboarding experience for the EDU segment of Outlook, impacting approximately 70 million active users. Outside of school, Katie is extremely passionate about STEM and sharing that passion with younger students who may not have exposure to the field through the typical school experience. Tired of school? Lacking the passion behind education? Katie is ready to revive your motivation to learn! Her strong work ethic and energetic personality will inspire you to embrace your intellectual curiosity.
Keanu is a Diné student at Harvard College studying History & Literature with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. Their research focuses primarily on Indigenous Language Revitalizations and the nuances of that dialogue. In their free time, you can find them writing a poem, reading a book, or herding sheep.
Lauren is pursuing a major in Political Theory with minors in "American Ideals and Institutions" and "Values and Public Life" at Princeton University. Lauren is the team captain of the women's varsity lightweight crew team and won silver in the 2019 Collegiate National Championship. Upon graduation, she will row at Rutgers University while pursuing a certificate in Public Policy before beginning her J.D at Harvard Law. Lauren plans to study education law with the ultimate goal of entering the legal field of special education. She is currently writing her senior thesis on the separate education of elementary students with cognitive disabilities in American public schools. Lauren has been involved with Special Olympics from a young age because her younger brother is a Special Olympic athlete; while at undergrad, she ran a Special Olympic Rowing program that serves over 30 adults with disabilities in the Princeton community. The program opens the resources of collegiate boathouses to the broader community, making the sport more accessible and connecting athletes of different backgrounds. At Curious Cardinals, Lauren will teach on disability studies as well as Constitutional Law and Ethics.
A Stanford psychology and statistics student hoping to pursue a career in pediatric medicine, Leila has experience working with students of all ages. Leila was the recipient of the Loenning-Sobel Math Award, given to students who show proficiency in and a passion for mathematics. Leila currently serves as a Research Assistant for the Stanford Psychology Department’s Social Concepts Lab. She will be writing an honors thesis over the course of the next year with the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Leila is pursuing a major in Psychology, on the Health and Development track, and a minor in Data Science at Stanford University. Leila was a competitive gymnast throughout middle and high school and continues to engage her passion for the sport by coaching lower and middle schoolers on Stanford’s campus as a part of TRS Gymnastics. Leila has a long standing passion for teaching those around her--she has participated in tutoring children of all ages. Her favorite tutoring experience was working in the Math Center at her high school where she had the opportunity to engage with students of all ages and experience levels. Leila is also an older sister to rising Pre-K and 3rd grade students and loves all things kids. Leila has spent her summers volunteering in the Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital in New York City and working for All Five, a socioeconomically diverse preschool in Menlo Park. She is part of the Social Concepts Lab in the Psychology Department at Stanford, which allows her to conduct research at Bing Nursery School. Leila has also dedicated time to Dance Marathon, an organization that raises money for the Uncompensated Care Fund at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Leila hopes to pursue a career in pediatric medicine. Leila loves diving into new fields--her 8 year old brother turned her into a baseball fan this summer! Leila is full of enthusiasm and is excited to work with your child!
Lina grew up in the suburbs of Paris. When she is not busy fighting for minorities' rights, you'll find her cooking pastries. A sophomore at Sciences Po Paris, she studies Political Humanities in the Europa-Africa Program, she is fascinated by African history and sociology and is learning Swahili. Her life-long dream is to become a teacher. Coming from an alternative highschool, she considers her students to be her equals. She uses innovative methods which prove to be efficient: she graduated highschool obtaining the highest honors. Even so, she will still teach you French while baking macarons together. Passionate about French literature and activism, she wants to give each child the opportunity to find their passions, and invent their own utopia. Winner of the Prix Cicéron, French national contest of eloquence, Lina likes to play with words and will teach her students to feel confident to speak up. Lina was National Secretary of a students' rights federation. Passionated by politics she organized numerous actions and partook in negotiations with the French government to defend a good studying environment for all. Participating in feminist and LGBTQ+ associations and volunteering to help the refugees in her city, Lina will make sure everyone feels valued, included and in a safe space in her classroom.
Madeline is studying Physics with an Astrophysics concentration and Comparative Literature at Stanford. Madeline graduated from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in 2018 where she was recognized for her achievements in History, English, Astrophysics, and overall academic standing. Highlights of her experience include designing capstone projects on the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering and the intersections of quantum theory and literature. As a senior, she spent her time at the school observatory building a radio telescope with her Astrophysics teacher. In college, Madeline has spent her summers working on several different projects at two different NASA centers. At Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, Madeline worked on the Precision Orbit Determination team for ICESat-2, a science mission satellite studying Earth’s polar regions. The following summer, Madeline worked directly under Gavin Schmidt, NASA's newly-appointed Chief Climate Advisor, to analyze long-range climate models and satellite observations. The GISS ModelE is currently an instrumental part of the IPCC reports, which influence international policy decisions and shape public understanding of Earth’s changing climate. This spring, Madeline is taking time off from Stanford to compile her research findings into a formal paper which she hopes to publish. Madeline’s goal at Curious Cardinals is to help students identify their passions and encourage them to make connections between the humanities and sciences. She has teaching experience and expertise in 6th-12th grade Math, Science, and English. Madeline challenges students to have fun and reach for the stars!
Mahlon Sorensen in a junior at Yale University, and a New York City native. At school, Mahlon studies history, with a particular focus on military history, international relations, and great power competition. He is a member of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, a year long program in which students study the classics and applications of strategy in the historical and contemporary realms. Mahlon is also a midshipman in the Yale Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, and accordingly, he will commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. He aspires to be a naval aviator and is hoping to be sent to pilot training for his first assignment. Besides his studies and NROTC, Mahlon is the President of the Yale Men's Rugby team.
Mansi is a senior at Princeton University majoring in Molecular Biology with a minor in Global Health and Health Policy. She is the Treasurer of the Princeton Class of 2022, a volunteer EMT with the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad, and a pre-health academic advisor. She also participates in the campus voter engagement group Vote100 and the ESL English tutoring organization El Centro. Mansi is passionate about the social determinants of health, human psychology, and youth political engagement!
Marwah graduated from Harvard with High Honors in S.B. Mechanical Engineering and a psychology secondary. For the past several years, Marwah has been innovating at the intersection of engineering and humanitarian development. She has spearheaded several diverse projects across 7 different countries including Japan, Peru, Turkey, and Kenya, and is currently the Project Lead for Harvard’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter, awarded the Premier Chapter Award amongst 250+ chapters. Marwah has worked in a number of industries ranging from engineering, artificial intelligence, architecture, and consulting. She was awarded the Radcliffe Fellowship to conduct smart biomimetics research and has since then led research in nanofabrication and optics, public policy reform, quantum dot solar cells, and healthcare. Marwah also dedicates her time to a novel vascular synthetic biology project across the Broad Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Draper Labs. Marwah has filed numerous patents for her engineering innovations and has received Harvard’s most prestigious awards for her inventions including the Hoopes Prize award for her novel thesis in an accessibility device. In her spare time, Marwah carries an entrepreneurial spirit and enjoys engaging with others to tackle all sorts of problems. She is a bubbly and optimistic person who loves both teaching and learning from others!
Max, currently on a gap year, is excited to continue his passion for math and science at Princeton University this Fall, where he plans to major in Chemical and Biological Engineering. Max grew up in Concord, Massachusetts and graduated summa cum laude from Groton School while also receiving the sixth form math prize. During his time at Groton, Max was the captain of the Groton’s varsity soccer team, a member of the school spirit committee, a freshman dorm prefect, and a peer counselor among other things. Since graduating last Spring, Max has learned and challenged himself in many new ways outside of a traditional classroom setting. He spent most of the Fall on a cross country road trip, during which he drove over 15,000 miles and visited 19 different national parks, camping in a tent every night. More recently, Max has explored his passion for the outdoors by working at an organic farm in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Max’s love of math began at a young age with an obsession for puzzles, Legos, and and fixing things by hand. After completing calculus his sophomore year of high school, Max explored advanced topics like linear algebra, calculus based statistics and abstract algebra. He enjoys the intricate beauty of both daily and complex mathematics, viewing each math problem like its own individual puzzle. In his free time, Max also loves skiing, surfing, hiking, going out for ice cream, and spending time with his family.
Maya is double-majoring in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies at Yale University. In 2019, she graduated Valedictorian in her class of 375 students. Throughout high school, she was president of her school's National Honor Society and on the executive board for the science, english, and language honor societies. While playing varsity tennis and running track and field, she fulfilled her positions on her high school's FIRST Robotics team as strategy captain, programmer, designer, and business director. Maya is also the co-founder of the Mount Olive Community Fellowship, a program in partnership with the Mayor's Office, Health Department, Public Library, Land Conservancy of NJ, and district senator to increase voter outcome, provide academic assistance, and educate town members on preservation and sustainability. In her first two years of college, Maya grew from first-year liaison in the South Asian Society to co-director of the South Asian Youth Initiative, an international conference bringing light to issues affecting the South Asian diaspora. She is currently conducting research at the Affective Science and Culture Lab, reviewing literature related to infant-mother relationships in Rohingya refugees. She also works for the Social Gerontology and Health Lab, specifically with the Families Coping Together with Alzheimer's Disease Study and the Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, and Plan Study. Though Maya has dabbled in a multitude of interests, she has always had a love for math as seen through her six years of tutoring other students and hopes to inspire students to see its intersection with psychology and beyond.
Maya is a rising senior at Yale majoring in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and minoring in Education. She loves teaching, writing, and creative arts. A native of NYC, Maya was one of 15 students accepted to the Drama program at the Professional Performing Arts High School, where she served as co-founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine. In her junior year, Maya was selected to teach English in the Dominican Republic through the organization Global Glimpse, which she is still an active member of today. In her senior year, Maya completed a public policy project about the status of school counselors in NYCPS addressed to the Department of Education. She obtained perfect scores on both the AP Literature exam and the writing and english sections of the ACT, and graduated with honors in the top 7% of her class. At Yale, Maya has served on the board of the Yale First Generation and/or Low-Income Advocacy Movement as well as the Middle Eastern North African Student Association. Recently, she has had creative fiction published in several of Yale’s literary magazines. Outside of school, Maya plays electric guitar in a band and has acted professionally for over 10 years. Maya has experience teaching all ages and is excited to help students with creative or academic writing, acting/audition prep, or any other curiosities they might have!
Megan is currently pursuing a major in Public Policy with a minor in Economics at Stanford University. A native Texan, Megan graduated from Greenhill School with a GPA in the top 6% of her class while also being an active member of her community. She served as president of the Student Council and Political Action Club, was a devoted member of her high school’s choir, and a three-sport varsity athlete. She accumulated several honors throughout her high school career such as Athlete of the Year, the Dartmouth Book Award, and induction into the Cum Laude Society. In recognition of all these accomplishments, she was the recipient of the Bernard L. Fulton Award, the highest honor given to a graduating senior at her high school. At Stanford, Megan is a member of the Track and Field team and Stanford Women in Politics. In her free time, Megan loves to sing, play piano, and listen to podcasts. She has previously interned for a Texas State Senate campaign, a Civil District Court, and a local law firm. Currently, she is working as a Research Assistant for Professor Mark Duggan, the director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, looking at the economic implications of privatizing the hospital sector. This summer, she looks forward to beginning her legal fellowship at Covington & Burling LLP, Washington D.C.’s top law firm. She has a deep passion for law, economics, and healthcare, and can’t wait to further explore the intersection of these fields.
Melanie is a junior at Stanford majoring in English with Creative Writing and minoring in Italian. She loves reading, writing, and soaking in the Palo Alto sunshine with a good novel in hand. She’s also an enormous pasta fan and plans to study abroad in Florence post Covid to perfect her Italian.  
 In high school, Melanie privately tutored elementary and middle schoolers in a range of subjects. She ran a community service organization that helped underprivileged children learn how to read and write their own stories, and founded an after-school improv program at a local elementary school. After her junior year, she received the Werner F. Chilton Fellowship, which awarded her stellar writing abilities and provided a scholarship for her to attend the Kenyon Young Writer’s Workshop. Melanie was the leader of her school’s Interact Club, an organization that fundraised for non-profits.  
 At Stanford, Melanie is a member and social officer of the Stanford Equestrian Team. She has ridden horses competitively for ten years and is ranked fifteenth in the IHSA. She loves spending time with horses and coordinating events for her teammates. This summer, she was an editorial intern at Setting Mind, a multimedia company dedicated to promoting sustainable products. Melanie is extremely passionate about all forms of storytelling and loves sharing her love for literature with Curious Cardinals! 
Mia grew up acting professionally in the D.C. theatre scene and has worked at acclaimed regional theatres such as Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, and Signature Theatre. She is a proud alumna of Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied acting, directing, voice and dance. At the Boston Conservatory, Mia is President of the New Ground Theatre Company, a student-run company that produces cutting-edge new work. Mia is fluent in Spanish and worked at the GALA Theatre, a bilingual theatre company in Washington D.C. She has also worked as the Marketing and Social Media intern for Arlekin Players, a regional theatre company in Massachusetts. Mia teaches a variety of acting methods, from Linklater’s foundational vocal work, Stanislavski’s emotion memory technique, to Laban and Grotowski’s physical theater techniques. She provides a foundational toolkit for her students, as they deep-delve into the incredible art form of theater and learn what acting techniques allow them to be their most truthful and creative selves.
Mihika is currently a senior at Carnegie Mellon University, where she is majoring in design and minoring in environmental and sustainability studies. As a designer, Mihika is passionate about creating long-lasting and meaningful experiences for people, thinking through complicated problems with a creative lens, and designing interventions that work at different scales for systems-level change. Through her education, Mihika is working to use the power of good design and research to create positive social, economic, and environmental changes that will ultimately lead to more sustainable future societies. At Carnegie Mellon University, Mihika has led two independent research projects about facilitating systemic change on campus, and received the Victor Ng Design Impact Award for her work. She also serves as a research assistant on a project about creating anti-racist narratives for the future. Outside of university, Mihika is the design and marketing lead for Her Future Fund, an organization dedicated to ending gender-based violence in India. In her free time, Mihika loves painting, reading, and trying different recipes.
As a Stanford graduate in Psychology and Theatre & Performance Studies, Mo (she/her) is passionate about mental health and ways of healing, especially as it pertains to practices of honoring and connecting to the Earth. She also believes in cultivating emotional and social wellness at a young age in order to empower children to be their best selves. Her research in Psychology at Stanford revolved around young children’s conceptions of identity development and led to collaborations with local elementary school teachers and non-profits around creating resource guides for “identity-safe classrooms” as well as curriculum grounded in social cohesion. Outside of the classroom, she was a leader in communities devoted to early childhood education; these include Bing Nursery School, Flying Treehouse: A Children’s Repertory Theatre and Camp Kesem, a camp dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer. In high school, Mo competed in pageants and developed her winning campaign around positive self concept and healthy body image education for students at her local elementary schools. Mo currently works for GirlVentures, a non-profit based in Oakland that combines outdoor adventure with social emotional learning for adolescent girls and gender non-binary youth. When she’s not hugging trees or working with children, Mo does freelance podcast production and public speaking with a commitment to building a liberated, equitable, and radically inclusive future. Her experience has led to opportunities working for TEDx San Francisco, Radiolab and Patagonia. In her free time, Mo enjoys cloud-watching, rock climbing and making home-made zines. In whatever endeavor she does, Mo finds outlets to synthesize her technical skill set, creative toolkit, and unique experiences to advocate and empower others.
Nabib is a Harvard student studying Computer Science, Statistics, and Economics originally from New York City. He graduated within the top 1% of his class from a New York Specialized High School as an AP National Scholar and Intel Science Scholar. He received offers from 7 Ivy League Schools, MIT, and Stanford, and ultimately matriculated at Harvard where he's in the dual masters/bachelor's program as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He has experience in academia and research (co-authoring his first research paper in high school), public policy and government (leading various political campaigns and passing successful legislation in NYC), software development (completing numerous technical projects and working as an industry Software Engineer for Oracle and FaceBook), finance and business management (consulting for multiple Fortune 500 companies), and education (leading workshops and conferences globally in Asia, Latin America, and Europe). His current project is a start-up developing sensor technology for produce ripeness in an effort to combat food waste and loss. He's passionate about helping the next generation of students achieve their full potential through supplementary education or mentorship on passion projects!
Nicholas was born and raised in Lima, Peru and currently lives in the United States. He is a Senior and Master’s student at Stanford studying Public Policy. Nicholas is a fluent speaker of English, Spanish, and Italian, and he is adding French and German to the list. He has experience with international real estate development and investment projects ranging from affordable housing community developments to envisioning the strategy of a futuristic district in Bangkok with Thailand’s leading large-scale real estate developer. Nicholas also has experience with strategic consulting and business analytics roles at startups, tech companies, and nonprofit organizations in the US and abroad. Nicholas is also passionate about architecture, art, and design. Over the years, he has received multiple awards and recognitions for his artwork, and his architectural SketchUp portfolio has received millions of downloads from the architecture community around the world. Nicholas also lives for aviation and is working towards earning his pilot’s license. At Stanford he leads the Stanford Real Estate Club and has participated in a variety of real estate competitions. Nicholas has engaged in a variety of teaching and mentorship programs, ranging from elementary school subject tutoring to high school writing workshops and college-level professional mentorship. One of his motivations to teach is to inspire students to be increasingly creative thinkers.
A former state senate Campaign Manager and current policy researcher for a climate-focused policy organization in Rhode Island, Noah Glickman is passionate about the intersection of politics and social justice. Concentrating in American Studies and Behavioral Decision Sciences at Brown University, Noah has been learning about the micro forces that affect the our political and economic ecosystems. Noah is always on the lookout for learning opportunities. At Brown, Noah is an editor for the Brown Undergraduate Law Review, is a member of the University’s Lecture Board, and an active member of Brown’s ACLU chapter. He is currently involved in a project focused on extending educational opportunities at Brown to Rhode Island’s incarcerated population. As a trained dialogue facilitator, Noah appreciates the power of communication and didactic encounters in learning. He’s excited to connect with learners about their passions and learn with them!
Nora Draper is currently pursuing a major in Economics and Mathematics at Yale University. She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, surrounded by the Green Mountains and dairy farms. Nora spent her senior of high school studying at a small school in Bordeaux, France, and immersing herself in French culture. She is passionate about all things math and science, along with a devotion to gender equity – in particular, helping women stay empowered in STEM. In high school, she worked at an all-female camp for STEM students and exposed girls to STEM concepts in an engaging and fun way. At Yale, she is involved with the Women’s Leadership Initiative, which aims at equalizing opportunities for women in business. She also worked with Yale Circle of Women, which works to provide girls with access to quality secondary education equity. During her freshman year, she served on the operations board for the WLI Women’s Empowerment Conference and worked on the Maia Project, which provides e-readers to students, giving them access to literature at home and in school. Nora has been tutoring in various capacities since her freshman year of high school. She took a gap year for the 2020-2021 academic year and spent her time working as a financial modeling intern, doing research for the Yale School of Medicine, and tutoring. She loved her time off but is very excited to return to school in the Fall. In her free time, Nora enjoys hiking, thrift shopping, watching old movies, and playing with her two dogs. She is very enthusiastic about nature, numbers, and dogs and can’t wait to share that with her Curious students.
Oliver is graduating in math and physics this June. Currently, he is finishing his thesis on semi-Riemannian geometry and its applications to relativity. He will begin a position as a research physicist studying quantum computers in the summer.
Paloma Aisenberg is double-majoring in Theatre & Performance Studies and Film & Media Studies at Stanford additionally taking courses in History, International Relations, Psychology and Economics. She is passionate about exploring the space where art and social practice collide. Musical theater is her first love. She has performed (with many leading roles) in over 20 musicals. She placed in the Top 15 of BroadwayWorld’s Next on Stage Competition. Through Stanford Theater Lab, she starred in Marie Antoinette and HAL (a multi-media modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts 1 and 2). This summer, Paloma will be interning at Amazon Studios working on Latin American Content Development. Paloma has interned at Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures, Salmira Productions, Jay Roach’s Delirious Media, and Brian Oliver’s New Republic Pictures. Paloma worked for executive producer Jeffrey Silver at Walt Disney Studios on the pre-development of The Little Mermaid. She also worked for the L.A. Dance Project where she supported the partnership with The Gabriella Foundation offering quality dance programming to students from economically under-resourced communities. Paloma created Love is The Answer, an artistic musical endeavor, with all proceeds providing scholarships through the Hancock French Woods Arts Alliance for students to study the arts. She produced it as a medium for manifesting acceptance and unity. In high school, Paloma was awarded the Miami Herald Silver Knight Award in the Music and Dance category, Princeton University Service Award and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation - Gold Award for Media and Entertainment, as well as Best of Show and Critic’s Choice at Florida State Thespian Festival Competition. As artists and storytellers, Paloma believes we have a platform to talk about important social issues and is excited to do so with Curious Cardinals.
Priya is studying Psychology and Economics at Harvard, where she leads a magazine on undergraduate mental health and an organization that encourages dialogue on US-India affairs. Priya is passionate about all things behavior and social science, conducting research at the intersection of time and happiness at Harvard Business School and liaising with undergraduates on behalf of the university-wide Behavioral Insights Student Group. After her sophomore year of college, Priya took two consecutive gap years and worked for a startup in India. As one of four founding members, she headed the communications and marketing department. She played a key role in creating and broadcasting advertising materials, and even designed a billboard on a major highway! Priya grew up in Northern Virginia, just outside of the nation’s capital. In high school, Priya devoted most of her time to participating in state- and nationwide Latin competitions and to improving diversity and inclusion initiatives at her school. Outside of school, Priya loves practicing yoga, reading thrillers and nonfiction, and eating chocolate dessert. At Curious Cardinals, Priya is excited to teach subjects related to psychology, neuroscience, language, and entrepreneurship. Most of all, she wants to inspire her students to love learning.
Priyanka is a Singaporean-American writer, editor, and performer. She is a junior majoring in English at Princeton University, with quadruple minors in Italian, Cognitive Science, Creative Writing, and Visual Art. On campus, she is the co-president of Songline Slam Poetry, a student fellow at the AccessAbility Center by the Office of Disability Services, and a member of the student-run Disability Collective and the Beekeeping Team. Outside of school, she is the author of three full-length poetry collections (most recently So, Stranger, Button Poetry, May 2022). In 2015, at age 15, she founded the internationally-acclaimed publishing house, literary journal, and arts organisation Half Mystic; with her team, she has since edited, designed, and published nine journal issues and six books by authors around the world. Priyanka’s peer-reviewed research on poetry, identity, and the sociopolitical underpinnings of queerness in Singapore is published in the Journal of Homosexuality, the oldest existing scholarly journal focused on the study of gender and sexuality, and is taught at the University of Southern California’s doctorate programme in educational leadership. Her poetry and fiction have been published in and featured by Diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Straits Times, Entropy, the Boston Poetry Slam, the Singapore Writers Festival, and the Academy of American Poets, among others. In 2017 she gave the TEDx talk Healing Is a Verb. She is the writer and star of the critically-acclaimed short film SUPERNOVA (dir. Ishan Modi, recipient of awards from the Newark International, Across Asia Youth, Laurie Nelson, My Rode Reel, Singapore International Student, & CINE Golden Eagle Film Festivals). She is passionate about disability justice, art for art’s own sake, and joy as a means for imagining and creating change. Her current project is finding the best almond croissant in New York City.
Purav is a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas. During his high school career, he participated in speech and debate extensively and loved advocating for policy changes. In his freshman year of college, he pitched his first startup called Tiremba to promote sustainability in the corporate world. To satiate his hunger for entreupeunership and engineering, he has worked with two other startups and an early stage venture studio to execute growth and marketing strategies. Couple years from now, he plans to launch his own company in the biotech sector. In 2021, he is part of the NASA L’Space Academy, leading a team of 11 to develop a probe that will float on Venus and measure atmospheric conditions. Over the summer, he plans to research on nanostructures and material applications in medicine. In his free time, you would see him playing Nintendo with his siblings, networking with other founders and bingeing anime. At Curious Cardinals, he wants to share his passion for math, engineering and entreupeunership and help other students with their problems, whether it be homework or life in general!
Passionate about the global health and development of women and children, Reilly is a rising sophomore at Stanford studying Human Biology, Education, and Spanish. She channels the power of positivity to connect with students of all ages and personality types. Outside of teaching, Reilly can be found conducting research at the Graduate School of Education and leading the Women’s Club Volleyball team.
Ria is majoring in Applied Mathematics in Economics and Computer Science at Harvard, with a minor in English. Even as a sophomore, she has already made an impact on campus: not only does she contribute to the Harvard Lampoon and costume design for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, she is also president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players, a theatre organization with over 60 members and an annual budget of $50,000. Her goal--both as a teacher and a student--is to erase any arbitrary boundaries between the arts and the sciences. She's teaching computers how to read and understand contemporary literature on more than just a surface level, she's the head developer of a startup catering to virtual theatre, and she's looking into weaving graphene into textiles to produce wearable technology. At Curious Cardinals, she will be focused on teaching math, computer science, english, and interdisciplinary art, hoping to slowly weave those disciplines together.
Robert recently graduated from Stanford University with both BS and MS degrees in Computer Science and a minor in German. As an undergraduate he developed multiple games that were awarded by industry visitors – notably Niantic Inc., with whom he later worked on Pokémon Go and Ingress Prime. He was also a four-year competitor for the Stanford Men’s Gymnastics Team, claiming six NCAA All-American titles and two national high bar champion positions. As a grad-student he further fueled his problem solving passions studying systems, networking and cryptography at depth. Additionally, he was a teaching assistant for CS 146 (Stanford’s video game development course), where he empowered students to realize both entertaining and thought-provoking games. Now, he continues to train as a top gymnast at the Olympic Training Center for Tokyo 2021. He recently received three silver medals for his performance at the Pan American Games in Peru. Robert grew up around the world, spending time in Australia, Switzerland, England and the US. As such, he loves connecting and teaching people with diverse cultural backgrounds, always welcoming new ideas and approaches to push everyone forward. Just don’t get him started talking about Star Wars …
Ryan is a sophomore studying Computer Science and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. In fall of 2020, he was invited to join the Berkeley chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the nation’s oldest engineering honor society, and Eta Kappa Nu, the nation’s premiere honor society for electrical engineers and computer scientists. At Berkeley, Ryan has also served as the Co-External Vice President on the Engineering Student Council and worked as a tutor for an introductory data science class. In his spare time, Ryan takes on personal projects related to his hobbies, board gaming being the most notable. In summer of 2020, game designer Isaac Childres selected Ryan’s submission as one of seven winners in a competition to design a new scenario for the upcoming board game, Frosthaven. Currently, Ryan is writing a program that uses graph searching algorithms to generate new, playable components for one of his favorite board games, Ticket to Ride. The limitless potential of computer science and the math behind some of its most phenomenal capabilities never cease to amaze and excite Ryan. At Curious Cardinals, Ryan hopes to share this passion with his students, pushing them to turn their dreams into reality on the screen in front of them.
A Muslim and Palestinian, Samy is an incoming freshman at Stanford University hoping to pursue pre-med. Growing up in a rural community with scanty resources for education and healthcare, he has worked on several initiatives focusing on improving vaccination rates and public health education at his high school and other schools in his community, as well as combating misinformation and gaps in knowledge. As an experienced advanced math student and a soccer player, Samy enjoys solving complex scenarios, whether that’s figuring out how to run compartmental models using ODEs (ordinary differential equations) or brainstorming game tactics with his soccer teammates on the pitch. As an experienced tutor and educator, Samy enjoys fostering a helpful, dynamic atmosphere for his students to learn and grow in their field(s).
Sheel is a senior studying computer science at Cornell University. She is driven by designing technology for positive social change. She is passionate about education reform, individualized empowerment of young girls in STEM, and all things creative.
A podcast host, film producer, and business student Skye pursues various passions with excitement and fervor. Through her studies in Data Science and Film Production at NYU Stern-Tisch, Skye finds the intersection of her interests in the future of streaming and entertainment innovations. At Curious Cardinals, Skye aims to encourage other students to develop their various passions even when their confluence is not yet clear.
A proud Coloradan, Theresa is a junior at Stanford University who is double majoring in Public Policy and Iberian and Latin American Cultures with a minor in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. A second-generation college student with Chicanx and Mexican heritage, Theresa is deeply committed to racial and economic justice within her own community and in higher education. While at Stanford she was on staff at the Women’s Community Center on campus and worked to sustain empowerment, justice and advocacy with and for students who identify as gender minorities. Additionally, she has spent over 6 years working with students and adults with Special Needs and disabilities providing at-home care, support in the classroom, and coaching in adapted sports teams and swim lessons. Previously she attended high school at a Jesuit, all-girls school where she graduated Salutatorian and with recognition for her Leadership and Service. She has three sisters whom she adores and like virtually all Coloradans, she loves being outdoors: hiking, running, swimming, picnicking, hammocking, gardening, playing with puppies, and looking at the stars.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Tiago is a rising senior in Computer Science at Minerva Schools at KGI, an innovative university where the undergraduate experience is centered around the science of learning and cultural dexterity. His tracks are on Data Science and Applied Problem Solving, but he also gets sidetracked taking economics and physics courses he deeply enjoys. During high school, Tiago competed in tens of scientific olympiads in subjects ranging from history to linguistics to mathematics, and he represented Brazil at the International Young Physicist’s Tournament in Singapore. Model UNs were dear to his heart, too, since he discovered his passion for economics at one. Tiago has taught physics and finance classes in Brazil and design thinking marathons and IoT workshops in China. Currently, he mentors compatriots who wish to fulfill their dreams of studying abroad. Closer to home, he has been working to create accessibility-minded resources and improve the curriculum of one of his university’s core courses, developing materials on statistics, algorithms, and decision theory. A strong believer in the importance of data literacy, Tiago loves diving into data visualization and exploratory analysis. He has worked on projects on transportation policy in San Francisco, on emerging-market opportunities for venture capital in South Korea, and on curriculum marketing in India. If you enter a casual conversation with him, prepare to leave with some podcast recommendations. And if he is your teacher or tutor, get ready to revisit gaps in knowledge and answer lots, and many lots, of questions.
Titilayo is a Nigerian pre-medical school student and graduated from Yale University (Class of 2020) where she double majored in Biology and Theatre. She currently works as an administrative assistant at AllaraCare, a healthcare startup that offers a value-based model of healthcare delivery, and as a research assistant at Tufts Medical Center working against racism in tertiary medical institutions. Titi enjoys learning from and about other cultures which led her to embark on a global health study abroad program, traveling to India, South Africa, and Brazil to learn about their respective public health systems. She has also carried out epidemiological research with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Cameroon. Similar to her love for science and medicine, Titi’s passion for performing arts is undeniable and she is proactive about starting initiatives that benefit her community. As a spoken word artist, she founded and runs a Poetry Summer Camp to illuminate the creative potential of teenagers in Nigeria. In her free time, she loves to bake, dance, take long walks, and sit in nature. She’s super excited to be part of the Curious Cardinals team as a mentor and workshop leader!
Trevor is a senior at Harvard where he studies European intellectual history. An avid freelance photographer, he loves exploring the convergence between philosophy and art, and has published his photographs on and off campus. In the past, he has worked extensively in the international NGO sector, in South Africa, Uganda, and Brazil.
Trey Sullivan is currently a freshman at Harvard University planning to concentrate in History & Literature with a secondary degree in Philosophy. He graduated magna cum laude from The Roxbury Latin School where he was the president of the school’s debate program, as well as associate editor of the school’s newspaper and captain of the junior varsity soccer team. Trey was also a four-year varsity athlete in Track & Field and on the executive committee of his school’s Model United Nations club. As a senior, Trey was awarded his school’s debate and French prizes, signifying the most successful student in each respective field. Building on his interest in politics, Trey spent the summer after his junior year working as a U.S. Senate Page on Capitol Hill. After graduating, Trey took a gap year in which he spent half of the year working on several local and national political campaigns, before traveling to Paris to study French language and literature at La Sorbonne. Trey is a foodie at heart. He loves cooking dishes from around the world, as well as exploring the world’s greatest food cities (his current favorite is New Orleans). Trey also enjoys writing. Amidst the Black Lives Matter protests of this past summer, he published his first piece on Medium entitled “Respectability Politics Have Got to Go.” When he isn’t cooking, eating, or writing, Trey loves to read, play board games with his younger brother, and listen to 90s R&B.
Valeria is currently pursuing a double major in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Creative Writing at Stanford University. Although Valeria is a Bay Area native, she spent junior year of high school in Washington D.C. studying ethics and global leadership. Valeria later traveled to Rwanda to further her studies on the genocide and community reconstruction. While attending Mountain View High School, Valeria was involved in the journalism program where she wrote an investigative spread on student experiences with sexual assault. Through this work, she uncovered a loophole in the health curriculum that allowed students to graduate without learning affirmative consent, thus violating state standards. Senior year, Valeria wrote a thesis advocating for comprehensive drug policy reform in order to aid in the instability drug trafficking creates in Latin America—a topic close to her heart as a Colombian American. Valeria also co-authored “Just A Thought,” a book featuring teen experiences with mental health and collaborated on a national campaign to “Stop the Stigma” surrounding mental illness. Since high school, Valeria has taken her leadership far beyond the classroom. Within her first month at Stanford, Valeria walked onto the Stanford Men’s Rowing team to be a coxswain. This past summer, she interned at Alliance for Safety and Justice, a nonprofit organization that works to create criminal justice reform through giving crime survivors agency in community healing and shaping public safety policy. In her free time, Valeria enjoys kickboxing, chasing sunrises and sunsets, and learning from her mom who is a pastry chef. Valeria looks forward to working with students to delve deeper into their interests through writing.
Vanessa is a rising at Duke University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, with a focus in medical device design and biomaterials/biomechanics, a certificate in Global Development Engineering, and a minor in Math. Post graduation, she will be pursuing her Master of Engineering degree in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University (let's go, Duke!). Hailing from Arkansas, Vanessa was Bentonville West High School’s valedictorian, graduating with highest honors. She was also a National Merit Finalist, National AP Scholar, U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidate, and recipient of Arkansas Governor’s Scholastic Honors award. In addition, she remained active in her community and served as the girls basketball head varsity manager, Key Club president, National Honor Society President, and co-captain of the Academic Competition for Excellence team. Vanessa spent her time volunteering as a math tutor for students with disabilities and worked closely with the local library’s advisory board to orchestrate community outreach. In light of these accomplishments, she was awarded the Sarah Redfield Scholarship of Excellence, the most prestigious community scholarship given at her high school. At Duke, Vanessa is a Biomedical Engineering Design Fellow, a selective program specifically designed for preparing biomedical engineers for industrial jobs post-graduation by honing manufacturing and design skills. She is a teaching assistant for a computational methods course, and assists in biomedical engineering teaching laboratories as well. Vanessa served as an undergraduate research assistant in Yildirim Cellular Biology Lab in Duke’s School of Medicine, and spends her weekends mentoring local middle school girls interested in the STEM field. She is deeply passionate about the intersection of healthcare innovation and gender equality in STEM.
Vera is a sophomore at Harvard studying English and Educational Studies. She is passionate about literature, debate, and teaching, and she hopes to pursue a career in education policy. At Harvard, Vera writes for the Crimson Magazine and volunteers with the Phillips Brooks House Association and the Institute of Politics.
VJ is an undergraduate at UT Dallas majoring in Biochemistry who is passionate about microbiology, organic chemistry and education. In junior year of high school in India, she won a national science competition which enabled her school to set up a robotics lab worth 30,000$. More recently, she’s worked at the Exoplanet Lab at UTD, proofreading proposals and assisting with filtering and sorting data from various cameras that capture the night sky. She’s also worked with non-profits to tutor children from the Middle East in English and develop social media and blog content for small organizations. Due to her love for languages, she’s been engaged as an officer in clubs like Toastmasters, the Korean Language Club and the Japanese Language Club on campus. Since she also loves art, she’s extremely involved in creating fun flyers and emails for the Biochemistry Student Association and beautifying discord servers that she’s a part of. Someday, she hopes to conduct research in virology or biopharmaceuticals and travel the world! Meanwhile, her nose is also buried deep in literature, manga and webtoons and she loves listening to music from all around the world. At Curious Cardinals, VJ aims to make chemistry and biology fun and engaging and inspire students to love these branches of science!
Will is a senior at Harvard College, majoring in English. Will grew up on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts, where he was raised by two writers. He attended the public schools on the Cape before leaving to spend his final three years of high school at Milton Academy, just south of Boston. At Milton, he worked as an editor on the school newspaper, and won prizes for his music and op-ed writing, as well as for his senior history paper on Herman Melville. While at Harvard, Will has also been studying Brazilian Portuguese, and was able to spend his sophomore summer in São Paulo through a fellowship with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. In São Paulo, he worked in the curation department of the city’s most celebrated art museum, MASP. He plans to receive a department citation in Portuguese upon graduation. Will has also held multiple positions at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, helping fellows of the institute with archival history research. In 2018, he worked in this capacity for the music historian Matthew Guerrieri and the novelist ZZ Packer. Recently, he has been freelance writing for the Provincetown Independent, a newspaper on Cape Cod, and working remotely for a TV production company on upcoming shows for Netflix, FX, and Hulu. He is currently working on a collection of short stories for his senior thesis that will center loosely on the place of criminality in American identity. He is eager to learn and eager to teach
Originally born in Ethiopia, Yab immigrated to America at the age of three. Since then, he has lived in Illinois where he attended Urbana High School. During his time there, he was active in student government, cross country, track and field, and Habitat for Humanity. In high school, Yab found his passion in economics and the critical role it plays in people’s well-being. Yab is currently a freshman at Harvard University. In his studies, he is exploring the intersectionality of economics and government and hopes to one day use his knowledge to create positive change in the world. At Harvard, Yab is active in BLK Capital Management (a student-run and black-owned hedge fund) and the Harvard Venture Capital Group. He has also interned at the University of Illinois as a marketing intern.
Zach is a sophomore at Stanford University pursuing a major in Biomechanical Engineering and minor in Chemistry. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach graduated from Homestead High School top 10 in his class while balancing a busy life outside of the classroom. As a teaching assistant and tutor for an 8th grade class for two and a half years, Zach took an active role in fostering educational development for others. He also worked for the larger community as Co-Chair of Sponsorships for Homestead’s Relay for Life, helping raise thousands for cancer research. In addition, he earned six varsity letters across swimming and soccer, qualifying for state in swimming all four years and was team captain his senior year. Seeking more leadership, Zach also joined the Student-Athlete Leadership Team where he worked to increase athletes’ involvement in the school district. At Stanford, Zach has helped conduct research in the Sociology department and was a research intern in the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory. There, he investigated how MRIs and machine learning can differentiate between migraine and nonmigraine headaches. Excited to swim outside year-round, Zach quickly joined the club swim team, taking on an active leadership role and planning the club’s home swim meet. This past year he has had the opportunity to serve as Co-President, maintaining a close community through a virtual format. While lots of work got done, he cannot wait to continue serving in this capacity back on campus for his junior year. In his free time, Zach may read, go for a run, or re-watch his favorite shows. He is excited to join Curious Cardinals and share an excitement to learn with others!

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