School Representatives

NE GWiSE is a consortium of nine institutions with GWiSE affiliates or other women in science groups across New England. Current members are Boston CollegeBoston University,  Brandeis University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, including Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Northeastern University, and Tufts University, including Tufts University School of Medicine.

School Representatives are appointed to be the voice of their school to NE GWiSE. Find your student rep below!

Boston College: Recruiting!

Boston University: Sue Zhang

Sue (she/her) is a Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate at Boston University. She grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and completed her B.S. in biomedical engineering at The University of Rochester. Sue is passionate about making STEM opportunities more accessible to underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically-disadvantaged students.

Brandeis University: Andrea Stacy

Andrea (she/her) is a 6th year Neuroscience PhD candidate at Brandeis University. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Studio Art from Wake Forest University. She currently researches the development of neural circuits in the visual system using an in vivo electrophysiological animal model. She is passionate about mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in neuroscience and advocating for diversity, inclusion, and mental health in STEM.

Brown University: Shipra Verma

Shipra (she/her) is a 2nd year master’s student concentrating in Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at Brown University, and she received her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. She is passionate about gender equity in the workplace and academia. She cares deeply about diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to bring all kinds of cultures and backgrounds together for innovative collaboration and progress — especially in industries such as STEM that are traditionally less diverse.

Dartmouth College: Catalina Paula-Spatarelu

Catalina (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College. Originally from Romania, where she got a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering and a master’s in Biomaterials, Catalina currently works to develop image-guided cancer therapies. She is working towards making sure every kid searching for a “scientist” on Google can find an image of someone looking like them, regardless of where they come from or how they look like.

Harvard University: Kelsey Burhans

Kelsey (she/her/hers) is a student in Harvard’s Master in Design Engineering program, which focuses on designing innovative solutions for complex systemic issues. Before joining Harvard to help launch the Business Analytics Program (HBAP) in 2018, most of Kelsey’s work centered on social enterprise, particularly the intersection between technology and financial inclusion in marginalized communities. She is a passionate proponent of impact investing, inclusive tech, ethical algorithms, social equality, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

MIT: Taylor Baum

Taylor (she/her) is a second year PhD student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Neuroscience at the Pennsylvania State University in 2019. She is currently advised by Dr. Emery Brown and Dr. Munther Dahleh. In her current work, she is developing developing brain state estimation algorithms for use in Closed-Loop Anesthetic Delivery (CLAD) systems, building control systems for Closed-Loop Blood Pressure Control (CLBC), and exploring mechanisms of control with the human brain through computational models. Taylor hopes to build strong relationships between the Boston community – with an emphasis on young womxn in the area – and womxn of MIT.​

Northeastern University: Drishti Parwanda

Drishti (she/her) is currently pursuing her Master’s in Biotechnology at Northeastern University and has an undergraduate degree in the same field. She was born and raised in India. She is passionate about research and was inspired to pursue a career in a field which is often undermined, back in her home country. She wishes to inspire young women to take up STEM related careers and encourage the participation of underrepresented minorities in NE GWISE. She wishes to create a safe environment within the STEM community free from discrimination based on race, gender or ethnicity.

Tufts-Medford: Alia Wulff

Alia (any pronouns) is a third year PhD candidate in the experimental psychology program at Tufts University, Medford campus. Alia studies eyewitness memory and attention, hoping to use the research to improve both theory and legal procedures for eyewitnesses. Three years ago, Alia helped establish the Tufts Medford branch of GWiSE and is excited to help expand gender diversity in STEM through the work done in NE GWiSE.

Tufts-Boston: Noell Cho

Noell (she/her) is a 3rd year Neuroscience PhD candidate at Tufts University graduate school of biomedical sciences. She was born and raised on Guam and is a proud first gen college graduate who received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Lehigh University. Her research centers around investigating mechanisms of GABAergic inhibition that are altered in several neurological diseases. She is passionate about scientific outreach, advocating for other first gen students in STEM, and pushing forward the NE GWiSE mission in her own graduate school community.

School Representation History

2019-2020 Reps

Abby Rendos (BU), Juliet Bottorff (Brandeis), Sabina Stefan (Brown), Rebecca Finger Higgens & Catalina Paula-Spatarelu (Dartmouth), Aleyda M. Trevino (Harvard), Molly Bird (MIT), Shrav Kakarla (Northeastern), Najah Walton & Alia Wulff (Tufts)

2018-2019 Reps

Kristina Wright (BC), Shen Ning (BU), Juliet Bottorff (Brandeis), Gina Vimbela & Sabina Stefan (Brown), Savanna Barnett & Catalina Paula-Spatarelu (Dartmouth), Aleyda Trevino (Harvard), Soley Olafsson (MIT), Theresa Davenport & Suprita Ganesh (Northeastern), Becca Davies & Pragya Singh (Tufts)

2017-2018 Reps

Hannah Chambles (BC), Sarabeth Buckley (BU), Danielle DiTirro & Lauren Tereshko (Brandeis), Sinda Fekir & Shayan Lameh (Brown), Meridith Joyce (Dartmouth), Jeanne  Gallée (Harvard), Katie Redfield Chan (MIT), Farimah Mapar (Northeastern), Siobhan McRee & Mandy Carey (Tufts)