I'm currently a freshman at Harvard University as well as the founder and CEO of ProjectCSGIRLS. ProjectCSGIRLS is a national youth-driven nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and computer science through running a national computer science competition for middle school girls and workshops around the country. I co-founded and lead the Fairfax Math Circle for Middle School Girls and the NCWIT AspireIT program “Game Programming with Microsoft Kodu.”
As a strong advocate for encouraging girls in technology, I'm a public speaker who has spoken about the underrepresentation of women in technology and my outreach work at events such as the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference, the O’Reilly Velocity New York Conference, the Global Tech Women Voices Conference, and STEM Symposium for the National Capital Region.
I've been recognized on multiple national platforms for my work as well, including being selected as a National Winner of the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award, a Stanford University She++ #Include Fellow, a recipient of the Keds Change Your World Grant, the ABC News Summer of Service Award and Grant, and as a Bank of America Technology Star of the Future. I've been invited to the White House to represent ProjectCSGIRLS at the Computer Science Education Week Event and to Las Vegas for the Thiel Foundation Summit. I also represent the US as a Global Tech Leader for Global Tech Women.
I'm particularly interested in computer science with applications to medicine, especially computational neuroscience, and have done extensive research in developing computational tools to analyze medical disorders. Examples include developing a rapid method of diagnosing concussions, for which I was recognized as an Intel STS Semfinalist, working on a novel speech-based diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease, for which I was selected as a Siemens Competition National Semifinalist, and prototyping a glucose biosensor connected to a mobile app for smart diabetes management, for which I was recognized as a Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge Global Finalist. I've worked as a research intern as part of the MITRE Corporation Nanosystems and Emerging Technologies Group for the past two years, working on pinpoint landmark geolocation and mild traumatic brain injury research.
I'm an avid creative writer, and have been recognized as a Scholastic Writing Awards National Gold Medalist, YoungArts National Winner, and Virginia High School League (VHSL) Creative Writing Champion. I love organizing and participating in hackathons, making people laugh, traveling, and trying good food. In the future, I hope to pursue a career at the nexus of medicine, computer science, and tech entrepreneurship.