Leadership

EYH Chicago was started in the spring of 2013 by a group of women from the Chicago STEM practitioner, educator and activist communities.  This year’s EYH is our sixth event, and we are thrilled to be introducing young women to the diverse STEM opportunities the Chicago area has to offer.

Our board members review organizational operations and provide insight and resources on event planning efforts, expanding programming, fundraising and developing community partnerships. See our board members here

EYH 2019 Organizing Committee

DirectorsWorkshops|Parent Program|Recruitment and Registration|Programming|Volunteers|Fundraising|Marketing

Directors

Alanna CondrenCo-Director
alannaAlanna Condren is a Florida native with a B.S. in Biochemistry from Florida State University. As a 3rd year graduate student Alanna’s research focuses on understanding the chemical communication of pathogenic bacteria and the mechanisms they use to become antibiotic drug resistant. She enjoys mentoring undergraduate students and spending time organizing outreach activities with the goal of improving science communication and inspiring people of all ages to love science, be curious, and not to be afraid to ask questions! When she is not researching she loves to play volleyball, read, cook, and host picnics and is really looking forward to being part of the EYH team!

Supriya K | Co-Director
supriyaSupriya is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago. She studies interactions between birds and ants at low and mid-elevations in eastern Himalayas. She likes to think about ways to communicate and teach science and EYH gives her an opportunity to learn about that and promote diversity and inclusion in science.


Workshops

Brian Guo | Workshop Co-Chair

BrianGuo_square - Brian GuoBrian Guo is a Ph.D. candidate in Pharmacognosy (the study of natural products for medicinal and other purposes) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on new drug discovery from botanical sources, especially derived from ethnomedical knowledge. Brian supports the importance of scientific research, promotion of education, and the Chicago Cubs. He also coaches UIC’s club Ultimate Frisbee team.

 


 Katie Rhodes

katierKatie Rhodes is a PhD candidate in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. She studies human variation in gene regulation using induced pluripotent stem cells. Katie also enjoys performing improv comedy and watching too much TV.


Priya Deshpande 

priyaPriya Deshpande is a Ph.D candidate at College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul University. Her Major is in Computer Science and specialization in database systems. Her expertise are in the Big data analytics and Hadoop systems. Her current research focus on Medical Informatics Radiological Teaching file systems. Apart from studies she volunteers for EYH and enjoys traveling and listening music.


Holly Seiler

Ghafari_photo_1 - Holly SeilerHolly is an electrical designer at Ghafari Associates in Chicago. She designs the lighting and electrical systems for airports. She plans on becoming a professional engineer in the next 4 years. When not staring idly at lighting fixtures, Holly can be found writing in your local cafe, exploring new places, and getting lost in fiction books.



Parents Program

 

Lisa Nash | Parent Program Chair

lisaLisa Nash is a Data Scientist at IDEO in Chicago. She recently completed a PhD in Physics at the University of Chicago. In her free time, Lisa rock climbs, makes ceramics, and tries to learn to play various instruments.

 


Sami Corwin| Parent Program Chair

headshot2 - Samantha CorwinSami is a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies how adolescent alcohol use alters decision making in adulthood and the neural activity underlying those decisions. In her free time, Sami enjoys listening to podcasts, exploring the city, and fostering dogs.



Student Recruitment and Registration

Erin Boyle Anderson | Secretary, Student Registration Chair
newer headshot - Erin Boyle Anderson - Erin Boyle AndersonErin Boyle Anderson is a Ph.D candidate in Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Chicago. Her research is on the mechanisms of fin and heart development in zebrafish embryos. In her free time, she teaches the dog new tricks and reads way too many books.

Sineadh Conway | Recruitment Chair
sineadhSineadh Conway is a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies how the brain encodes reward and the ways drugs of abuse alter these signals to ultimately take control of behavior. When she’s not recording dopamine signaling in the lab, Sineadh enjoys going to concerts, chilling on hammocks with her co-coordinator, and eating pizza. @sineadh_c

Ashlynn Gerth | Recruitment Chair
ashlynnAshlynn Gerth is a PhD candidate in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work focuses on the role of neurotransmitter release in the formation and maintenance of addiction. She is a dedicated advocate for STEM outreach, and mentor to both undergraduate and high school students. When off the clock, she enjoys watching hockey with her cat, Gary, and spending time outdoors.

Liga Eihentale

ligaLiga Eihentale is a senior Psychology student at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is an undergraduate research assistant at the UIC Department of Psychology working for Ellen Herbener, Ph.D. on a study exploring Schizotypy and its effects on social emotional functioning. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and watching documentaries.



Programming

 Eliza Jacobs-Brichford | Keynote Speaker Coordinator
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Eliza Jacobs-Brichford is a PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She studies the effects of adolescent drug use on the developing brain. Eliza loves hanging out with her dog, listening to podcasts, and traveling.


Reem Elorbany | Lunch Activities Coordinator

reem_squarepic - Reem ElorbanyReem Elorbany is an MSTP student at the University of Chicago. Currently in the PhD section of her training, she studies human variation in gene regulation using induced pluripotent stem cells. Outside of science, Reem fosters cats, and enjoys traveling around the world with her family.


Delphine Coursault | Facilities Coordinator

delphineDelphine Coursault is a postdoc at the University of Chicago. She has a PhD from the University Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris. Her research is at the interface between soft matter and nano-optics. In her current project, she investigates the assembly and dynamics of nano and micro particles in structured optical traps. She loves mentoring young scientists to guide and help them to fully develop their potential.


Chloe Nash | Facilities Coordinator

chloeChloe is a Ph.D. student in evolutionary biology at the University of Chicago. Her research is focused on understanding why coral reef fishes are found where they are today, and using this information to predict they will be in the future. When not in the lab, she enjoys spending time at the Field Museum, playing the pipe organ, and scuba diving in tropical places.



Volunteers

Dimple Modi | Volunteer Chair

dimpleDimple has a PhD in Cancer Biology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently works as a Senior Scientist at AbbVie in their Translational Oncology and Precision Medicine Group. Apart from her day job, Dimple loves traveling, particularly exploring locations with rich history and culture across the globe.


Alyssa McRay |  Volunteer Chair

alyssaAlyssa is a neurobiology PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She studies the way neuron in the mammalian brain communicate with one another. She holds a MEd in science education, and loves to teach biology to students of all ages. EYH gives Alyssa the opportunity to combine her passion for science education with the ability to give back to the Chicago community. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and exploring with her husband and very large dog.



Fundraising

Diedre Reitz | Food/In-Kind Donations Coordinator

diedreDiedre Reitz is a Ph.D. candidate on the Committee of Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on meiotic DNA repair and how reductional segregation of chromosomes is achieved during meiosis I. In her free time, Diedre likes to travel, cook, and spend time with her cat, Kabuki. http://voices.uchicago.edu/reitzdf/


Wendy Leonard | Grants Coordinator

wendyWendy works in Planning and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) with the Forest Preserve District of Will County. She is pursuing graduate studies at Governors State University and would like to attain her Master’s in Environmental Biology. She loves mountain biking, relaxing in her hammock, and exploring new places. Her current favorite animal is the thirteen-lined ground squirrel.


Rebecca Guthrie | Treasurer

rebeccaRebecca is pursuing an M.S. in Pure Mathematics at DePaul University, with a particular interest in number theory. She also works in the Mathematical Sciences department at DePaul as a teaching assistant and a grader. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, trying new recipes, and reading science fiction books.


Hannah Whitehurst

hannahHannah is a PhD student in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. She studies the heritability of the microbiome in host plants. When she’s not in the lab, Hannah enjoys biking around Chicago and walking with her dog, Izzy.


Julia Chael 

juliaJulia is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. She is pursuing a major in chemistry and is interested in medical school after graduation. She also works in a lab on campus studying the impacts of gene mutations on supporting cells in the bone marrow, and how these cells can impact behaviors of leukemia. In her free time, she enjoys knitting and reading new books.



Marketing

Kathleen Proudfoot | Social Media Coordinator
katieKathleen Proudfoot is a Ph. D. student in cell and molecular biology at the University of Chicago. She is interested in how cells segregate chromosomes with high fidelity in order to avoid aneuploidy, the hallmark of many genetic diseases and cancer. In addition to science, she enjoys exploring her artistic side, particularly through drawing, writing, and classical singing.

Lesya Horyn | Student Registration Committee
screen20shot202016-12-0320at203-17-5520pmLesya Horyn is a PhD student in particle physics at the University of Chicago. She works with the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN to determine the smallest building blocks that make up the universe. She also loves podcasts, ballet, and exploring Chicago. @lesyaah

 
Ana Beiriger | Newsletter Coordinator
img_6926Ana Beiriger is a PhD candidate in developmental biology at the University of Chicago. She studies collective cell migration and is interested in how it contributes to the formation of neural circuits during early development. In her free time, she enjoys painting, backpacking, and spending time with her adorable cats.

Jane Birman | Social Media Coordinator 
janeJane is a bachelor’s candidate in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has conducted research on thin films for biomedical devices in the AMReL Group at UIC’s Bioengineering department and has spent her summers teaching computer science to high schoolers for Girls Who Code. In her free time, Jane enjoys reading philosophical texts, attending art and music events, and biking around Chicago.

Maureen Rojsutivat | Press Kit Coordinator 

maureenMaureen Rojsutivat is a Digital Marketing Geek who forms strategic partnerships with over 50 technology and agency partners. In other words, her company pays her to make friends. In the past, she’s worked with top retailers and technology brands to optimize their marketing programs. When she’s not geeking out about marketing, Maureen loves to be an armchair detective in crime documentaries and enjoys getting her steps in when she can.


Tamanna Gulati | Webmaster 

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Tamanna Gulati lives, works, and plays in Chicago. She dives headfirst into new interests and most recently you may find her writing, drawing, making soap, or trying to teach herself how to code. She is happiest when learning new things and if it were socially acceptable, she would communicate almost exclusively in cheesy puns.


Carolyn Rojsutivat

carolynCarolyn Rojsutivat is a graduate student in Human-Computer Interaction at DePaul University. She studies how to make systems and interfaces usable by focusing on the users, their needs and requirements, and by applying human factors, ergonomics and usability knowledge and techniques. She is also a senior designer at a Fortune 500 company. Her interests include obstacle course races, documentaries, traveling and making the world a better place for everyone.


Bethanie-Michelle Statler 

BioSWebsite - Bethanie-Michelle StatlerBethanie is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the department of biological sciences. She studies the molecular mechanism that allows eukaryotic cells to sense direction and polarize their growth in response to external chemical stimuli. Aside from conducting research, Beth also loves to travel, thrift shop, play volleyball, and learn new languages. She is especially passionate about inspiring young people to pursue STEM.

 


Committee Members

 


Ashley Rich

ashleyrAshley Rich is a PhD candidate in Cell & Molecular Biology at the University of Chicago. She studies how cells and tissues change their shapes during development. Outside of the lab, she enjoys long distance running, reading by Lake Michigan, and baking all kinds of sweets.

 


 Evann Hilt 

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Evann Hilt is a PhD student at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Her work involves studying the bacteria that live in and on our bodies. In her free time, she loves to go hiking and exploring Chicago with her friends.

 


Katie Aracena

Stanford headshot_Katherine Aracena - Katie AracenaKatie Aracena is a PhD student in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. She is interested in researching topics related to complex diseases and traits. Katie leads the Women’s Team of the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team within the Biological and Physical Science Divisions at the University of Chicago. In her free time she enjoys scuba diving, running, playing beach volleyball, listening to true crime podcasts, and drinking lattes.

 


Lucas Beaufore 

20180121_133401-1 - Lucas BeauforeLucas is a PhD student in Physics at the University of Chicago with his B.S. in engineering from Ohio State. He studies astroparticle physics, and has previously worked in searches for the nature of dark energy. He was a longtime participant in the FRC high school robotics organization, including multiple years mentoring an amazing all-girls team during his undergrad. He is looking forward to continuing to work towards greater diversity in STEM with EYH.

 


Kate Berger

10665868_787775807932932_7199789354596675641_n - Kate BergerKate is a PhD student at the University of Chicago in the department of chemistry and studies photoredox catalysis. She grew up in Canada and received her BSc from the University of British Columbia. Kate enjoys baking, skating and gardening.

 


Maddie Field

Head Shot - Madeline FieldMaddie works for local technology company called Scholastica, which builds technology for academic journals. After graduating from Loyola University Chicago she served with City Year in a CPS 6th grade classroom and is excited for the opportunity to continue working with Chicago students. In her spare time Maddie likes playing guitar, biking, catching shows, picking up new hobbies, and exploring new corners of Chicago.

 


Matt Caraher

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Matt is a Chicago native and a Math major at Roosevelt University. In his off time from school he enjoys taking in movies, listening to podcasts, and attending random events in city. Also, he finds talking in the third person to always be a weird experience.

 

 


Selene Clay

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Selene Clay is a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Chicago and is studying Human Genetics. In her free time, she enjoys biking, going to all-you-can-eat restaurants, playing the piano and guitalele, and trying out new baking recipes.

 


Kate Farris

IMG_3213 - Kate Farris - Kate FarrisKate Farris is a Ph.D. candidate in Human Genetics at the University of Chicago, and is interested in gene regulation in health and disease. She’s a Chicago native who benefited a lot from STEM outreach programs in the city in her youth and enjoys helping inspire the next generation of women in STEM. In her free time, she also enjoys reading, baking, and playing Euro-style board games.


Tess Snyder Gadelhak

Tess - Tess Snyder GadelhakTess is a Management Consultant at Qral Group. She provides data driven consulting services in the pharmaceutical and biotech space. She has a BS & MS from University of Illinois at Chicago in Mathematics and Statistics as well as an MBA from the University of Chicago. In her free time, Tess enjoys staying active including synchronized swimming, aerial arts and yoga.

 

 


Lexi Goggin

13620004_1161308880567049_4241030920293256205_n - Alexis GogginLexi is a senior pre-medical student, majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works as pharmacy technician for CVS pharmacy and as an undergraduate research assistant at the UIC College of Medicine under Dr. Papasani Subbaiah. Her research focuses on determining the most effective way to get essential omega-3 fatty acids across the blood brain barrier, which could potentially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and depression. In her free time, she embraces her nerdiness by reading and watching documentaries about the latest topics in science.

 


Jonah Kudler-Flam

headshot - Jonah Kudler-FlamJonah Kudler-Flam is a PhD Candidate in Physics at the University of Chicago. He studies aspects of entanglement in quantum field theory and in relation to black holes. Outside of physics, Jonah enjoys playing sports, discovering new music, and exploring the many neighborhoods of Chicago.

 

 


Wenxi Lee

EYH picture - Wenxi LeeWenxi Lee is a MEd in Educational Policy student at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is passionate about STEM education and is interested in how art and visualization can help with student learning. In her free time, she likes to travel, read and hang out with her friends.


Rosalind (Roz) Norkett

RN wildcard - Rosalind NorkettHi everyone. I’m Roz, a post doc in Cell and Molecular Biology at the Feinberg Medical school, Northwestern University. My research focus is on development of the nervous system using Drosophila (Fruit flies) as a model organism. I first got involved with EYH as a conference day volunteer to improve my science communication and learn more ways to make science exciting beyond the classroom. This year I am very happy to be helping organize the parent program.


Daniel O’Brien

20180915_191157 - Dan O_BrienDan is a professional musician, private instructor, and independent contractor. In his free time, he enjoys nature, reading science fiction/fantasy, learning new instruments, and writing. He also has an interest in improving the community around him through volunteer action.

 


Andrea Thompson

photo 3 - Andrea ThompsonAndrea Thompson is a research technologist at Northwestern University. Her research involves engineering biosensors that can detect pollution in water and soil.

Since Andrea grew up on the south side of Chicago, she understands why programs like EYH means so much to parents and students who would not have the opportunity to learn about scientific research without programs like this. She hopes to further EYH’s reach on the south and west sides of the city and educate more girls about the many careers in STEM that they can achieve.


Tina Zhao

Tina Zhao EYH - Tina ZhaoTina is a consultant who provides technological solutions and in-depth data analyses for her pharmaceutical and biotech clients. She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Northwestern University. In her free time she likes to dance, rock climb, and explore used book stores.

 


 

See past organizing committees here: 2015 Organizing Committee2016 Organizing Committee, 2017 Organizing Committee, 2018 Organizing Committee






 Board Members

Tiffany Bumpers

tiffanyTiffany is the Recruitment Coordinator for the Urban Health Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)-College of Pharmacy. The purpose of the Urban Health Program is to recruit, retain and help to graduate traditionally underrepresented minority students into the health profession. She secured her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Bachelors of Arts in African American Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and hopes to start a PhD program in the coming Fall with a focus in higher education administration.

Trisha Degg

trishaTrisha Degg is the Director of Talent Programs for Illinois Technology Association – a business services organization focused on helping tech companies scale. With almost 10 years of corporate recruiting, campus recruitment, and HR experience, Trisha excels at finding new ways to locate talent, and is passionate about networking.

  Young-Kee Kim

ykkYoung-Kee Kim is a Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at the University of Chicago. She devoted much of her research to understanding the origin of mass by studying top quarks, W bosons, and Higgs bosons. Kim was born in Korea and moved to US in 1986 for her Ph.D. program at the University of Rochester.  Her honors include Ho-Am Prize, Sloan Fellow, Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, Korea’s Science and Education Service Medal, Rochester’s Distinguished Scholar Medal, and Korea University’s Alumni Award.

Susan Levison

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Susan Levison is a Graduate Program Administrator for the Committee on Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology in the Molecular Biosciences Cluster at the University of Chicago. In this role, Sue guides graduate students through their journey to receive their PhD’s. A
Chicago native, Sue grew up and still lives in Rogers Park. She is honored to be on the Board of  Expanding Your Horizons. Sue loves to workout, read and run destination half marathons.

Caitlyn Mulherin

caitlynCaitlyn is very enthusiastic about the power of STEM accessibility for girls in Chicago communities. She studied chemistry for many years and is now pursuing a career in financial derivatives. Math and science have always been huge loves for Caitlyn and she loves sharing that with others through EYH.

Karina Szymulanska-Ramamurthy, PharmD / PhD

karinaKarina is a Research Scientist, currently working with the Global Product Stability Team at Baxter Healthcare. She has received her PhD in Natural Products Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her PharmD from Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland. Karina is an avid health and fitness enthusiast, when she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors and playing sports, she also loves traveling and exploring foreign cultures.

Rabiah Mayas

Dr. Rabiah MayasRabiah Mayas is the Associate Director of Science in Society at Northwestern University, supporting STEM education programs and partnerships in Chicago and Evanston. Rabiah completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Chicago, then spent nine years exploring her passion for science education and public engagement at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Rabiah is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and loves hopping on a plane to almost anywhere, running (albeit slowly) and visiting family on the East and West coasts.