Undergraduate Staff Listing 2020-2021

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Alekya Raghavan
Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
raghava5@purdue.edu

Alekya is a junior from Mason, OH studying Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology with a minor in French. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and her first as a leadership team member. Outside of WISP, Alekya conducts breast cancer research in the Nutrition Department and works for ICaP at the English Department. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading, collecting plants, and cooking. Alekya hopes to get a PhD and continue her cancer research after graduating.

 

Ayushi Gupta

Ayushi Gupta
Computer Science
gupta409@purdue.edu

Ayushi is a senior majoring in Computer Science (Machine Intelligence track) and minoring in Communications with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. After graduation, Ayushi plans to work in the industry for a few years before attending graduate school for a MS in Computer Science. This is her second year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to WISP, Ayushi has been involved with the Mentors for Aspiring Girls in Computer Science (MAGIC) and is an active member of the Grace Hopper Committee of Women in Tech. She has conducted research on Databases in the Computer Science department and is also involved in Computer Science Women's Network (CSWN). Ayushi loves attending hackathons and tech conferences across the country and getting to learn more. In her spare time, she enjoys sketching, painting, dancing, travelling and watching thriller movies! 

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Camryn Hilgeman
Neurobiology & Physiology
chilgem@purdue.edu

Camryn is a junior from Eagan, MN, majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology. This is her third year in WISP, and first year serving as a Leadership Team member. Outside of her involvement with WISP, Camryn is conducting research in biology education, and is the president of the Forensic Science Club on campus. Camryn is also continuing as a TA for BIOL 135 and previously for HSCI 131. In her free time, Camryn loves to spend time with friends and family, explore local restaurants, and take in the outdoors. After graduation, Camryn plans to continue her education at medical school to fuel her passion of medicine.

Isbella Sirit

Isabella Sirit
Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
isirit@purdue.edu

Isabella is a junior from Westfield, IN majoring in Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology with minors in Anthropology, Chemistry, and Forensic Science. This is her third year in the undergraduate Women in Science Programs and her first on the WISP leadership team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Isabella is an undergraduate researcher for the PIGS lab in the Entomology and Forensic Science department and the Public Outreach Officer for the Purdue Forensic Science Club. Isabella is also a TA for BIOL 135 and ENTM 22820. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling. Following her time at Purdue, Isabella plans on earning her Master's and PhD to continue in academia, as a professor.

Mackenzie Geckler

Mackenzie Geckler
Physics
mgeckler@purdue.edu

Mackenzie Geckler is a senior from Columbus, Indiana majoring in Applied Physics with a concentration in Materials Science Engineering. This is her fourth year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Program and her second year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to her involvement in WISP, Mackenzie currently conducts quantum physics research and helps lead the Women in Physics group within the Physics Department. In her spare time she enjoys reading, longboarding, exploring National Parks, and playing with her dog. Following graduation she plans to attend graduate school for Materials Science Engineering. 

Maddie Reichert

Maddie Reichart
Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics
reichem@purdue.edu

Maddie is a senior from Chicago, IL, majoring in Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics with minors in Business Management and Business Economics. This is her second year in WISP and first year on the WISP Leadership Team. In addition to WISP, Maddie is in the Purdue Actuarial Club, is a College of Science Ambassador, and works as Student Office Staff in Meredith Hall. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Purdue sporting events, playing board/card games, and painting pottery with friends and family. After graduating, Maddie plans to work within the actuarial department of an insurance company.  

Melissa Chi Shi

Melissa Cia Shi
Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics
mcaishi@purdue.edu

Melissa is a junior from Costa Rica double majoring in Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics with minors in Management and Chinese. This is her third year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Programs and first year in the WISP leadership team. Outside of WISP, she is part of the Global Science Partners leadership team and an Honors mentor for HONR 19901: Evolution of Ideas. She is a math enthusiast who enjoys playing board games, solving puzzles, and playing the piano. She is also a TA for MA/STAT 17000: Introduction to Actuarial Science and has served as a Boiler Gold Rush Team Leader and Supervisor. Following graduation, she is considering going into industry or attending graduate school in Statistics or Financial Mathematics.

Shannon Ford

Shannon Ford
Chemistry
ford148@purdue.edu

Shannon is a senior majoring in Chemistry (ACS). This is her fourth year in the Undergraduate Women in Science Program and second year on the WISP Leadership team. Outside of WISP, Shannon is currently involved in research on nuclear waste, and she has previously done prostate cancer research. In addition, Shannon is the president of American Chemical Society Student Affiliate. Shannon spends her free time with friends and family, tutoring, playing flute, and playing video games. After graduating, Shannon hopes to get a PhD in chemistry and eventually perform her own independent research.