Sabina loves that STEM You Can! not only provides programs for kids but has a constantly growing community of youth leaders running the camps. She is honored to work with such an inspirational team of high school and college students and believes that with passion, motivation, and dedication anyone can become a leader. She is now working with 100+ student volunteers and by 2020, her dream is to train 1,000 youth volunteers and impact 10,000 kids.
In 2016, Sabina was awarded the Jefferson Award, the most prestigious award in the United States for public service, and was recognized at the Jefferson National Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Sabina is also a recipient of the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, a $36,000 philanthropy award given to young entrepreneurs for exceptional leadership. In 2017, she was selected as One of 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women by Her Campus National Magazine.
Sabina London, Founder and President
Sabina is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania who is passionate about helping others and inspiring young people to have an impact in their communities and reach their full potential as leaders. She founded STEM You Can! (formerly known as Girls Science Interactive) when she was 15 years old with the goal of sparking an interest in science in elementary and middle school girls by performing fun, hands-on experiments on topics ranging from space exploration to global warming. She developed a curriculum focused on encouraging collaboration through group projects, discussions, and friendly competitions.
Sabina and her friend Madlen Can ran the first free STEM summer camp in 2014, and the kids absolutely loved it. In 2015, Girls Science Interactive was awarded multiple grants so that it could be offered in more locations. In four years, the organization grew to a national 501 (c)(3) non-profit with 60 summer camps, after school programs, and STEM workshops across the United States to date. In August 2016, Girls Science Interactive was featured on Good Morning America to inspire other teens to make a difference in their communities.
Sam Beard, Co-founder and President of the Jefferson Awards Foundation
In 1972, Sam Beard Co-founded the Jefferson Awards Foundation together with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and U.S. Senator Robert Taft, Jr. to create a Nobel Prize for public service.
Sam Beard’s whole life has been public service beginning with Senator Robert Kennedy in inner city economic development and then chairing a program for the past 8 presidents of the United States, where one result was the creation of more than ten million inner city jobs.
Mr. Beard is a graduate of Yale University and earned a M.A. in History from Columbia University.
Dr. Dennis London graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Molecular Biology with certificates in Quantitative Computational Neuroscience and in Biophysics. At Princeton, Dr. London studied the neural basis of decision-making in animal models in the lab of Dr. Carlos Brody. He then completed the accelerated 3-year MD program at NYU School of Medicine and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. At NYU, Dr. London worked with Dr. Alon Mogilner to study how deep brain stimulation affects decision-making in Parkinson's disease, and he worked with Dr. Werner Doyle to study the electrophysiologic predictors of seizure freedom in epilepsy surgery.
Dr. Dennis London, Neurosurgery Resident, NYU Langone Medical Center
National Director of Operations
Anya is a junior at Boston University pursuing a B.A. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and a minor Public Health. At BU, she is a teaching assistant, tutor, and undergrad researcher. She is conducting chemistry education research, designing materials for BU's curriculum. Her passion for mentorship, education, and science drew her to STEM You Can!'s model of older students teaching and inspiring youth. Since joining the SYC in 2016, she has expanded programs into 5 states and trained several new volunteers.
Director of Training and School Partnerships
Amanda Zheng is a rising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying Mechanical Engineering and Management as a part of the M&T program. She has directed STEM You Can! Camps in Elizabeth NJ since 2018. Outside of SYC, Amanda is Editor in Chief of The Scientific Teen, an online STEM journal by students for students. She is also a huge foodie and Yelp Elite member who has gotten into cooking and baking this quarantine. Amanda can't wait to move STEM You Can! virtual this summer!
Director of Operations for Kentucky
Director of Public Relations
Arushi is a sophomore in the direct-med program at the University of Louisville, where she is majoring in Public Health and minoring in Biology. She plays an active role in leading UofL’s KY Public Health Association chapter, where she aims to educate her peers on how to improve their communities’ health. Arushi is also heavily involved in Student Government and is the captain of her school’s Bollywood-Fusion team.
Additionally, Arushi conducts research on environmental toxins that can lead to cardiovascular disease. She has helped expand SYC throughout KY and is passionate about empowering minority students to pursue STEM!
Director of Operations for Kentucky and Ohio
Director of Public Relations
Sanjana is a senior at The Ohio State University, where she is majoring in Biomedical Science and minoring in Global Public Health. At OSU, she is an active member of ENCompass, an organization dedicated to connecting underserved populations with social and health resources. Sanjana also conducts health information systems research and works as an organic chemistry teaching assistant. Sanjana established a branch of SYC in KY in 2016, motivated to bridge the STEM gender gap within her community. Since then, she has helped expand SYC throughout Kentucky and Ohio. She loves interacting with campers each summer and is excited to continue to engage students with STEM!
Director of Computer Science Curriculum
Allison Eisenberg is an incoming junior at the Glen Rock High School (GRHS) in Glen Rock, NJ. Since freshman year, Allison has been a member of the student government at the GRHS and the #1 seeded Varsity Girls Tennis Team player. She is also a member of the Science National Honor Society. Allison has been taking additional STEM courses through the W.E.B. Du Bois Scholars Institute Accelerated Learning Academy at Princeton University, Biomedical
Engineering and Technology track. Since her freshman year, Allison has been working on an Independent Research Project to develop prosthetics. She enjoys teaching olympiad math classes at the International Chess Academy and has recently organized computer science workshops for children of frontline workers to share her passion for STEM with others. Allison first participated in the STEM You Can! camp when she was in 5th grade. To give back, she volunteered for the camp in 8th grade and is now excited to have the opportunity to contribute in a new way. She hopes to bring computer science to the STEM You Can! program and inspire children to pursue their passions for science.
Director of Kentucky Partnerships
Elizabeth Gallagher is the STEM You Can! Director in Prestonsburg Kentucky and a Counselor in Louisville Kentucky. She is a rising senior at duPont Manual High School in Louisville Kentucky in the Math, Science, and Technology program. Elizabeth started as a counselor at the Louisville camps in 2018 and expanded the program to Prestonsburg in 2019. Other than SYC, Elizabeth is the president of the Women in Science and Engineering club, a captain of the debate team, and the director and founder of Science Fair Mentoring at St. Albert the Great. Elizabeth loves sharing her passion for STEM with all of the campers, and cannot wait to see them again (whether that is on Zoom or in person)!
Director of Math Curriculum
Maggie is a rising junior at Duke University, where she is majoring in Math, Psychology, and Visual Arts. She is interested in using psychology principles to guide user experiences and human-centered design. She is an avid lover of oatmeal, baking, running, and science fiction. Maggie joined STEM You Can! in 2015, organizing the camps in Clark, NJ. She has enjoyed teaching young girls and seeing the impact that has been made through the program!
Director of Kentucky Partnerships
Vicki Kelmanson is a STEM You Can! Director of Kentucky Partnerships. Prior to living in Louisville, she was born and raised in South Africa for 8 years. Today, she is a senior at duPont Manual High School in the math, science, and technology magnet. Outside of SYC, Vicki competes regionally at piano competitions and has three varsity letters in field hockey. She peer tutors underclassmen in physics and is an active member of her high school's Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) club as well as her school’s HOSA club. Vicki is very passionate about empowering other young girls to explore and pursue careers in the STEM field. She plans to one day pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.
Sharon is a student at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, N.J. She has been directing the Clark branch since 2018, but has helped her older sister with the camps in previous years. While at school, her favorite classes are her science and math ones, especially Algebra and Chemistry. Sharon enjoys nature and loves going on walks or having an occasional swim. Her other hobbies include reading and spending time with her family. She hopes to spread the message that learning can be fun, so her favorite part when teaching children is seeing them have fun and enjoying the class.
Karilynn is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Honors College. She is double majoring in biology and psychology with a concentration in life sciences. Karilynn works as a care partner on the Post Anesthesia Care Unit at VCU Health’s main hospital. She is also an undergraduate researcher for the biomedical engineering department working with eye-tracking in Parkinson’s patients and mild traumatic brain injuries. Karilynn volunteers in her
community with the Inter Allied Health Professionals by providing free blood pressure screenings and on the children’s unit as a child life volunteer. After spending a gap year as an au pair in France, she fell in love with working with children. She is interested in pediatric medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and child development. In her free time, she enjoys musicals, cooking, and decorating. On a nice day, you can find her reading a book out in the park. Karilynn looks forward to bringing this opportunity to Virginia!
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Cady Wang is a rising junior at Union County Magnet High School in New Jersey. This is her first year with STEM You Can!, and she’s excited to share her love for science with the girls! She is interested in neuroscience and psychology. At school, she is president of Student Council and an officer in Science Club, Women in Leadership and Service, and Future Business Leaders of America. Outside of science, she runs varsity cross country and track and enjoys writing essays/short stories/scathing movie reviews. She hopes to inspire other young girls to find their passion in STEM!
Madison is a rising junior at Moreau Catholic High School in California. She enjoys helping her community out through volunteering at her local hospital, nursing home, and the American Red Cross. At school, she is an officer for a mental health awareness club called Inclusive, starting a new HOSA chapter, and an active member of DECA. During her free time, she loves trying new kinds of foods and watching movies. Madison is excited to join the STEM You Can! community and can’t wait to help young girls build a passion for STEM!
Riya Shah is a rising junior at the Spring-Ford Area High School in Royersford, Pennsylvania. She enjoys computer science and math. At her high school, she is part of a VEX Robotics team and does Model UN. Riya likes to help out in her community by volunteering in nursing homes and other local nonprofits. In her free time, she likes to paint and travel. This is Riya’s first year with STEM You Can! and she can’t wait to share her passion for STEM with younger girls!
Bonnie Chen is a rising junior at Montgomery High School in New Jersey. She loves physics and chemistry. She is a board member in her school's TEAMS club and is involved in Science Olympiad. Apart from science, she loves doing ballet and Chinese dance. She is also an English tutor for Chinese speaking students. In her free time, she likes to journal, listen to music, and watch Youtube. This is her first year with the STEM You Can! program. She can't wait to interact with younger students and run her first workshop and hopes to inspire other girls to explore STEM fields!
Elena is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biology and minoring in classics. She's interested in ecology and neuroscience. Elena is a board member for Penn club field hockey and is a member of PennScience, a journal for undergraduate research. She does research on the neurobiology of female courtship behavior in songbirds. She's excited to share her passion for science with young girls aspiring to pursue STEM paths. In her free time, Elena likes to read and journal, listen to podcasts, and take care of her house plants.