Workshops 2020-2021

Have you ever wondered what goes on thousands of meters below the surface of the ocean? Join us for our hands-on virtual workshop to learn why some fish glow in the dark, how human factors affect coral reefs, and how you can be the next innovator who helps save the body of water that covers 70% of the earth’s surface.

Nikki Hart

Programming Director + Teaching Fellow

Nikki Hart is a sophomore in the College of Engineering at Cornell University pursuing a double major in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering hailing from Houston, TX. She is a member of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team and is super passionate about robots! In high school, she competed on the FIRST Robotics Competition team and helped organize and instruct an all-girls coding camp in Thailand. 

Viraj Govani 

Teaching Fellow

Viraj Govani is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University studying Biological Sciences, French, and Psychology. He has passions for French culture, research, and teaching. After graduation, he plans to enroll in a MD program to study pediatric cardiology. Outside of school, he enjoys art and dancing along with playing cricket.

Alexis Rooney 

Teaching Fellow

Alexis Rooney is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University studying Biological Sciences from Long Island, NY. On campus, she is part of Y.O.U.R.S.- a mentorship program for the youth, a General Chemistry TA, and a General Chemistry Tutor. Off campus, she loves going on walks with her dog and exploring!

Matthew Chen

Teaching Fellow

Matthew Chen is a junior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University studying neurobiology. He is very involved in the Cornell research community and currently has a pending publication about treating specific protein pathways causing Alzheimers. After graduation, he plans to pursue an MD and continue his research about the brain and its diseases. Outside of school, he enjoys playing basketball and gardening.
 

Tanya Kasyanchuk

Teaching Fellow

Tanya Kasyanchuk is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University studying Environment & Sustainability from California. She is passionate about climate justice and volunteers for 350 Sacramento. Tanya enjoys long boarding, rock climbing, reading, exploring new places, and playing piano for fun.

When you sit down to eat dinner, you become part of a fascinating system that begins on a farm or in a laboratory and ends with you. This interactive workshop focuses on the biological component of GMOs, energy considerations behind food transportation and storage, kitchen tools and cooking, and the intricacies of our digestive system.

Antonia Pellegrini 

Programming Director + Teaching Fellow

Antonia Pellegrini is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior. She is a Cornell Tradition Fellow and loves being involved in her community. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family (including her dog), making memories being spontaneous with her friends, and exploring nature.

Jae Bucknor 

Teaching Fellow

Jae Bucknor is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) studying Biological Sciences with minors in Inequality Studies and Science Communication and Public Engagement. She is a McNair and LSAMP Scholar who does drug delivery therapeutic research with Dr. Christopher Alabi. She loves playing guitar and singing and plans on being a college professor.

Perri Thaler 

Teaching Fellow

Perri Thaler is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell and is majoring in Astronomy and Economics. She loves every single thing about space, and works on Cornell Mars Rover and research for the Carl Sagan Institute. She also loves comedy and can quote any stand-up.

Ann Metzloff 

Teaching Fellow

Ann Metzloff is a senior in the College of Engineering studying chemical and biomolecular engineering. She has a passion for lab research, and has been named a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar. After graduation, she plans to enroll in a PhD program to study immuno-oncology. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking and walking her two dogs.

Rachel Havriliak 

Teaching Fellow

Rachel Havriliak is a sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Physics with a concentration in biology. She is passionate about the intersection between different sciences, and what we can learn from interdisciplinary studies. Outside of school she enjoys dancing and doing DIY projects.

Cindy Pan 

Teaching Fellow

Cindy Pan is a senior in the College of Engineering studying computer science and minoring in business. She is interested in machine learning and passionate about discovering new ways to use computer science to make a meaningful impact in the world. She also absolutely loves reading and being a part of book clubs.

Anna Cliche 

Teaching Fellow

Anna Cliche is a sophomore in the College of Engineering. She is an environmental engineering major and is interested in renewable energy and sustainable urban design. She also loves trying new foods, reading, and crocheting.

Anna Sprouse 

Teaching Fellow

Anna Sprouse is a sophomore in CALS studying Food Science with a science emphasis. She is passionate about eliminating food insecurity and works with the Food Recovery Network in the local Ithaca community. When she’s not studying or cooking, you can catch her performing taiko at events around campus with Yamatai.

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