maddy abrahams (senior, bronx high school of science)
Maddy fell in love with computer science when she took an intro to CS class at her high school. She then attended Girls Who Code where she developed a mobile app. On the first day of her AP CS class, she was shocked to find that many of the girls who took Intro to CS had not continued on her high school's computer science track. This experience has motivated her to encourage young girls to enter and remain in the field of computer science. She is a member of her school's Hackathon Committee and is a Regional award winner of the National Center for Women and Information Technology Aspirations Award. She currently helps teach Scratch and Lego robotics to elementary schoolers and conducts independent computational biochemistry research. Maddy is so excited to be a member of the ProjectCSGIRLS Team and help close the gender gap in computer science.
Soni Aggarwal (SENIOR, CHARTER SCHOOL OF WILMINGTON)
Soni is a senior at the Charter School of Wilmington in Wilmington, DE. Her interest in computer science began at a young age – she has been coding since fifth grade and has worked with HTML, CSS, Java, and Python. Since entering high school, Soni has noticed the lack of girls in computer science firsthand and proudly advocates girls in STEM fields. In her free time, Soni enjoys volunteering in her community. With the program Science Ambassadors, Soni visits nearby elementary and middle schools to help younger students with their homework and play educational games. For the last two years, Soni has also organized a competition called StemQuest in which students compete in different events that involve building K’nex towers, a quiz bowl version of the game math 24, and much more. In the future, Soni aspires to pursue a double major in Computer Science and Business.
vivian auduong (junior, whitney m. young magnet high school)
anika bagga (sophomore, cupertino high school)
Anika is a sophomore at Cupertino High School. She first got interested in technology after attending EPIC, a engineering camp at Cal Poly University, and also by participating in Technovation. She furthered her interest in coding by taking the Intro to Java and AP Computer Science classes at her high school. She has won 2nd place in a local hackathon, CUHacks. In addition, Anika is a passionate advocate for creating a pipeline of girls entering computer science. She is an officer in her Women in Tech club and a director for Camp Sci Girl, a free virtual computer science summer camp for middle school girls.
annie chang (junior, woodbridge high school)
marleni chavana (senior, academy for allied health sciences)
Although there are many ways to describe Marleni , the most fitting seems to be “smarter than your average bear”. As a senior at a magnet school in New Jersey focusing math and science (healthcare), she is constantly worrying about her grades and all things college related. As any overachieving dramatic teenage girl would, she is constantly challenging herself by creating new life plans for herself in case she fails her physics exam, or as she would say it, ‘Taking one step closer to failing at life’. When she is not checking her college related Google News Instant Alerts, she participates in many clubs, including Science Olympiad and Healthcare Occupations Students of America (H.O.S.A.), is a student teacher at a local Catholic school, and an active volunteer for the Icla da Silva Foundation. She is also an alumna of the 2014 Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. Outside of the classroom, Marleni enjoys playing noncompetitive sports, is in love with all things owl, is a voracious reader, and thinks that knitting and extreme couponing should be considered sports.
joyce choi (freshman, duke university)
Joyce is a freshman at Duke University double majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She first became interested in computer science her junior year of high school after taking AP Computer Science because she loved how fast and concrete results from code were. Her other passion is spreading social good and what was compelled her about Computer Science was how she could create “enabling technology” through code. Since then, she has gone on to create and teach camps to teach girls how to code for social good and hopes to continue learning about different ways that computer science can improve quality of life.
rohini dasan (senior, fairview high school)
manali desai (senior, lane tech high school)
Manali is a senior at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. She found her love for technology when she joined her schools FIRST Robotics Team. Since then she joined various organizations like Girls Who Code, IIT Global Leaders Program, Chicago Girls in Computing and Project CS Girls to pursue her interests and share her love for technology. She is now also working with the startup CodeArtScience in creating an app that allows people to build games while learning to code, putting a new spin on CS education. Recently, she was a recipient of the NCWIT award for her aspirations in computing. When not learning, making friends, building robots or exploring the tech scene in Chicago, she likes to hang out in her favorite bookstore with a cappuccino and a good book in hand.
kimberly do (strawberry crest high school)
mary dubard (freshman, wellesley college)
Mary DuBard first discovered computer science interning at Coker College in Hartsville, SC. She spent the summer teaching herself C++ and fixing computers. That fall, she immediately signed up for her school's AP Computer Science Class, and the rest was history. Since then, she has managed a robotics team that competed nationally, performed college-level CS/Physics research in South Korea, run several CS camps for middle school students, and created the first Google CS First afterschool clubs in the state of New Hampshire. She spent her last year on a gap year with the AmeriCorps program City Year, working in an elementary school in New Hampshire. Last summer, she worked with the national nonprofit Girls Who Code as a teaching assistant, helping teach rising high school junior and senior girls computer science. Now she is majoring in Computer Science at Wellesley College.
katherine finley (junior, the bishop's school)
Katherine is a rising junior at The Bishop’s school in San Diego and a previous award winner with the NCWIT. She has always been fascinated with computers, but it was a java programming class at UCSD before her sophomore year that really peaked her interest in computer science. Since then, she has taken a full year of java programming at school, and plans to take Advanced Honors computer science in the future. Her sophomore year she competed in the Mayors cup Challenge as part of her school’s cyber security team, and at the San Diego Women’s hackaton she created the “BonesRUs” app to teach women about bone health. She is actively involved in her community and has been awarded the Presidential Community Service Award for her efforts. She is a member of the National Junior Classical League, and the National Latin Honor Society. She is excited to be part of the CS Girls outreach team to spread her enthusiasm for girls in computer science.
megan handley (senior, dos pueblos high school)
Megan is a senior at Dos Pueblos High School. Her combined experience as founder of her school's Women in Technology Club, and as a girl scout of 12 years, has helped her in her mission to inspire girls to enter STEM fields. Her club has received accolades at eight of nine hackathons they have been to. She is involved in the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, and she plans on pursuing a career in Biomedical engineering. To prepare for this, she participated in an summer internship at UCSB, where she helped add new deductions to the world of medical science previously unknown, her work received a gold medal at the Santa Barbara County Science Fair. Megan has also experienced a Robotics internship at UCSB where she applied her programming skills to complete robotics challenges. In her church, she assists novice computer users through a weekly seminar she created called "Tech Tutorials".
sophia hu (junior, east brunswick high school)
Sophia is a student at East Brunswick High School with a passion for engaging people in her community, especially middle school girls, to consider computer science as a career. She first became interested in theoretical computer science after attending the Program in Algorithmic and Combinatorial Thinking. Recently, she was as an #include Fellow and participated in the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program. As a member of the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership Council, she frequently volunteers with VolunTEEN Nation, the National Teen Council, iMatter, and Do Something. Also, she performs research in biochemistry and molecular genetics, serves on many advisory boards, and participates in Model United Nations. In her free time, she loves to play golf on her school’s Varsity team, write poetry, and read.
sabah hussain (junior, lane tech high school)
Sabah is a junior at Lane Tech High School in beautiful Chicago. She is a dedicated and avid advocate for women’s rights and very passionate about empowering girls. Sabah has a lot of experience with empowering, leading, and working with adolescent girls. In school, she is the vice president of her school’s GEMS club, a club dedicated to influence more girls to go into STEM. Currently, she’s working on a mentorship program that will pair up professional women in STEM with members of the GEMS club. Sabah will also serve as a Teen Advisor for Girl Up, a campaign by the United Nations Foundation, for the 2015-16 school year. Sabah is a vocal member in her school’s Chem Club and has actively participated in demo days throughout the city. She is also a part of buildOn and holds the Director of Social Media position in the club. Sabah is involved in her school’s Robotics Team and is in charge of writing the team's business plan. In school, she is also very involved in student politics and was a sophomore representative in her school’s Youth Advisory Council and is a student representative in the Student Council. In the past, she has served as the secretary of Lane Buddies. Outside of school, Sabah is a writer for MuslimGirl.Net. In her spare time, she likes to tutor elementary school kids in algebra, volunteer and plan events for her school’s Girl Up chapter. This past summer, she volunteered at her local library and hospital. This summer she took part in the Junior Research Scientist program at Columbia College Chicago where she worked to develop solar panels and trackers.
Christine Jou (Senior, Klein High School)
Two years ago, MathWorks Honors Summer Math Camp introduced Christine to Mathematica where she became intrigued with computer science. She self-taught herself Java and Python at first but later enrolled in AP Computer Science at school where she is now actively participating in computer science club. Christine has also had the opportunity to conduct extensive research on the mutual funds network where she combined computer science and topological data analysis using Java and MATLAB. This exposure to the applications of computing and technology has encouraged Christine to continue in the STEM field. It has been an exciting journey for Christine and she can't wait to work with ProjectCSGIRLS to show middle school girls how amazing computer science is!
yashwee kothari (sophomore, morris county school of technology)
Yashwee’s interest in computer science began when she decided to apply for the Academy for Computer Science at a magnet school. She was curious to take a chance in this vast field despite knowing the gender gap in her academy. At the same time she wanted to reduce this gender gap and encourage more females to engage in computer science. She was extremely excited when she found out she was accepted ever since she has engaged in learning computer science o her best. By joining the ProjectCSGIRLS’ Outreach team Yashwee wants to continue to break this gender barrier in computer science. Yashwee is currently learning Java, HTML, and CSS. Yashwee has taught high school/middle school students Java and hopes to continue by conducting an AspireIT camp funded by NCWIT and starting a Technology club in her high school. Yashwee is also a 2015 NCWIT Affiliate Runner-Up for New Jersey.
caeley looney (sophomore, embry-riddle aeronautical university)
Caeley’s passion for STEM began in middle school when she became an active member of FIRST Robotics. Through her experiences in the program, she gained knowledge in a number of programming languages, including HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, and Java. As a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University she is involved in a wide variety of clubs and activities, including the Mobile App Development Club, HELWAV Research Project, First Year Initiative, Women Ambassador’s Program, and SWE. Caeley is also currently interning with a startup called We Connect the Dots, whose goal is to expose more students to STEM, focusing on coding and application development. She spends a large sum of time trying to get more women and girls involved in computer science, as she makes it one of her goals to spread her own love for technology to help get more women and other minorities involved in STEM.
amber liu (senior, poolesville high school)
Amber is currently a senior at Poolesville High School, where she is part of the science, mathematics, and computer science program. She is interested in the applications of STEM fields to develop solutions to problems in our society. This summer, she worked as a research intern focusing on malaria infection at the National Institutes of Health, and last summer she worked as a volunteer focusing on developing a website for mathematical formulae at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. This year, she engineered a device to help people with disabilities obtain and become more productive at their jobs. The device was awarded second place in the National SourceAmerica Design Challenge. Amber is also passionate about equality and helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds and circumstances achieve the same opportunities as others. At Poolesville High School, she co-founded the Stand Up to Cancer club, a group that fundraises and raises awareness for cancer in local area, and in her community she teaches English to seniors at her local Chinese school.
colleen masterson (senior, lane tech college prep)
Colleen is a senior at Lane Tech College Prep. She became interested in computer science her Sophmore year when she programmed for her school's all-girls robotics team. She has since become the president of her school's GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science) club, became the event coordinator for Chicago Girls in Computing, and has worked to start her own CS club for girls at her school. She spent her summer at Google's Girls Who Code program and built an android app for women's safety. She was the 2014 NCWIT National Runner-Up as well as Regional winner. She hopes to major in Computer Science and Business in college.
robin maxkii (junior, Salish Kootenai College)
Robin Maxkii is a 2015 Native Scholar and a 2014 honored graduate of Dine' College with dual degrees in Dine' Studies and Social & Behavioral Science. She is currently exploring the intersection between technology and behavioral science at Salish Kootenai College. Her passion and work focuses on circumventing American Indian issues utilizing technology with a particular focus on issues related to the effects of blood quantum on tribal sovereignty. Among her honors and achievements, she is a 2015 National Science Foundation STEM Scholarship recipient and has completed research internships in Washington, D.C and North Palmerston, New Zealand. She successfully served as the 2014-2015 Vice-President for the AIHEC National Student Congress, the 2014-2015 Miss AIHEC, and the 2013-2014 Dine' College Board of Regents Executive Member representing student interests. She has participated as a speaker on the 2015 Young Native Women's Leadership Youth Panel and 2015 Achieve the Dream Student Panel and maintains active membership in American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). In her free time she enjoys jingle dancing, voiding warranties on various electronics, and writing short stories.
sumedha mehta (freshman, carnegie mellon university)
Sumedha is a freshman at Carnegie Mellon University where she is pursuing a B.S in Computer Science with a minor in either Human-Computer Interaction or Computational Finance. She graduated high school from the Texas Academy of Math and Science with more than 60 hours worth of college credit, as well as four scientific publications on the subject of analytical chemistry. Sumedha was also a Siemens Competition Regional Finalist and a winner of the Exxon Mobil State Science Fair for the same research. Currently, she is working as a research intern at the Center for Computational Epidemiology and Response Analysis and as a Curriculum Designer and a Curriculum Designer at Rex Programming, a local computer programming learning center. Her favorite part about computer science and programming is that that there is always something new to learn about because it is constantly evolving. In her spare time, Sumedha can be found singing to the radio, rock climbing at a local gym, or just trying to cook something new!
ankita mitra (sophomore, monta vista high school)
Ankita is a Monta Vista High School sophomore who has been in love with Computer Science since she was in the first grade. Over the years, Ankita has mastered HTML, Visual Basic and QBASIC, Python, ALICE and JAVA, and Swift. She had a school rank of 2 in the National Cyber Olympiad in 2012. In the University of New South Wales international assessment tests, she has secured Distinction and High Distinction in CS. She was part of her school team in the Verizon App. Challenge, where they proposed a GPS based system called SAFE aimed at providing safety measures during earthquakes. In high school, she is part of Technovation, a women’s only club, where they are presently designing an app to aid students. Ankita was involved in She++ Juniors, an all-girls’ computing club in school and is now helping out middle school students there. She is alsopart of WiSTEM initiative in her high school.
emily oleisky (senior, garrison forest school)
Emily is a high school senior who is passionate about all things STEM. Her interest in technology began when she joined her elementary school’s robotics team and has since grown to include varying levels of proficiency in five programming languages. Emily is a proud winner of the 2015 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Award, and encourages everyone who is eligible to apply! Emily is excited to be back for another year as a member of the ProjectCSGIRLS' Outreach Team, where she hopes to encourage middle school girls in her area to get involved with computer science and help them to find the passion that she did! Her recent endeavors in computer science and engineering include the clinical engineering lab at her local hospital, the Johns Hopkins University Neuroengineering and Bioinstrumentation Lab, and the Global Information Security Division at Bank of America. When she’s not involved in science and technology related activities, Emily enjoys spending time in the dance studio.
samantha trevino (junior, waxahachie global high school)
Sam is a junior at Waxahachie Global High School. Waxahachie Global is a project based learning, STEM, early college high school. Sam started programming with an online HTML/CSS course and is now learning PHP. She currently is taking Project Lead the Way engineering courses and computer science courses to pursue her passion for STEM. She loves performing outreach for ProjectCSGIRLS because it combines computer science and helping others.
baula xu (freshman, mit)
Baula is currently a freshman at MIT and a National Runner-Up for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award. She became interested in computer science when she spontaneously decided to take a java class her junior year of high school. Since then, Baula has created apps to benefit her community and has participated in her high school’s first all-girls cybersecurity team. She also has served as the Vice President for her high school’s Women in Computer Science Club and was the teacher’s assistant for the AP Computer Science class. Last summer, she worked as an intern at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and as an engineering aide at a summer school. This summer, she organized a girls summer coding camp for middle school and high school girls to learn the fundamentals of coding, with almost 70 girls attending. In her free time, Baula enjoys hanging out with friends, singing bad karaoke, and traveling to new places. Being involved in ProjectCSGirls allows Baula to combine two of her main passions, computer science and helping others learn, all while having a lot of fun.
canwen xu (senior, Timberline High School)
Canwen first learned programming her freshman year, when she took Programming in Java and AP Computer Science at her high school. It was during this time period that she began to notice a startling trend. Out of the nearly 30 students who were in both classes, only three were girls. Out of the dozen-or-more students in the Robotics summer camp she volunteered at, only two were girls. From that moment on, she vowed change this trend. During her junior year, Canwen taught the Code.org curriculum to over 100 students, both male and female. She continues to teach Code.org material at public libraries and local elementary schools. Canwen has received the National Runner-up of NCWIT's Aspiration Award, and heard about ProjectCSGIRLS through the NCWIT community. She is honored to be a part of the outreach team.
lillian xu (senior, western albemarle high school)
Lillian is a senior at Western Albemarle High School in Virginia. She is a US National BioGENEius Challenge Finalist, which is the nation’s premier biotechnology competition. Her winning project utilized computer programming to manipulate lasers to dissect stem cells. At the 2013 International BIO Convention in Chicago, she presented her bioengineering and computer science research to leading biotech companies. Lillian is also the Campaign & Awareness Director for the National High School Society for the Advancement of STEM, where she invents novel ways to spread her love for STEM. Lillian’s proficiency in programming languages and devotion to computer science have led her to win the 2014 Virginia State and National Runner-Up awards for NCWIT Aspirations in Computing. At her high school, Lillian is chief executive of National Technical Honor Society and one of only two girls in the school’s pilot AP Computer Science class. For the future, Lillian hopes to achieve a marriage between her two passions: biology and computer science. She can often be found at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, zealously thinking of ways to use computer science to solve critical healthcare problems.
claire wang (sophomore, boston university)
Claire Wang is a sophomore at Boston University. She became interested in computer science from playing computer games at an early age. She is currently interning at Partners Healthcare, developing healthcare mobile apps. In her free time she likes to lift, play video games, and attend hackathons. Her future plans are to continue exploring applications of computer science in different sectors, and focus on encouraging other women and young girls to pursue computer science.
Emily Wang (Freshman, Enloe High School)
Emily is a freshman at Enloe High School who is dedicated to STEM. A 2015 ProjectCSGIRLS national winner, Emily witnessed first-hand how life changing and incredible the competition was. This year, she is extremely excited to reach out to other girls and share her own experiences to help them become more aware about STEM. Emily has been participating in Science Olympiad since 7th grade and has also won awards in various science fairs. An avid coder, Emily understands that coding is the language of the future and that everyone should be introduced to it at a young age. Inspired by computer scientists such as Grace Hopper, Emily believes that all girls should have female role models to look up to. In her spare time, Emily enjoys cooking, gardening, drawing, and volunteering within her community.