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.
EYH 2019 Organizing Committee
Alanna Condren| Co-Director
Supriya K | Co-Director
Brian Guo | Workshop Co-Chair
Brian 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 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 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 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.
Lisa Nash | Parent Program Chair
Lisa 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
Sami 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
Sineadh Conway | Recruitment Chair
Ashlynn Gerth | Recruitment Chair
Liga 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.
Eliza Jacobs-Brichford | Keynote Speaker Coordinator
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 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
Delphine 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
Chloe 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.
Dimple Modi | Volunteer Chair
Dimple 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
Alyssa 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.
Diedre Reitz | Food/In-Kind Donations Coordinator
Diedre 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
Wendy 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
Rebecca 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 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 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.
Kathleen Proudfoot | Social Media Coordinator
Lesya Horyn | Student Registration Committee
Ana Beiriger | Newsletter Coordinator
Jane Birman | Social Media Coordinator
Maureen Rojsutivat | Press Kit Coordinator
Maureen 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
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 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 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.
Ashley 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
Hi 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.
Dan 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 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 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.
Tiffany 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.