Mentors

Coordinators

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Shoshana Simons, '20 Hey y'all, I’m Shosh! I’m a senior from South Florida studying computer science and math. I really like learning about the history and philosophy of science too. Outside of BSP, I do research in an area called computational complexity theory, which is about measuring and understanding the difficulty of solving different problems. I hope to go to graduate school to continue doing research and teaching in science/history/philosophy. When I'm not learning/doing science, I like reading, listening to music, watching movies, and just hanging with friends.  

 

 

 

May Gao, '21 Hey! I'm May, and I'm concentrating in Public Health with a specific interest in digitally-delivered care and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. I'm from San Jose, California, the city ranked first in "highest mouth share for boba" in the entire country. Currently, I conduct data analysis at Brown's Mindfulness Center for a study on how app-based mindfulness impacts sleep duration and quality in generalized anxiety (GAD) patients. Outside of my science and health-related pursuits, I like to learn new cinematography tricks and go to spoken word poetry shows!

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Katie Travisano '20  Hey! My name is Katie Travisano and I’m a junior concentrating in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I grew up outside of Boston, and when I’m not wondering why I didn’t move somewhere warmer for college, I’m probably conducting research in the (temperature controlled) lab, over-analyzing song lyrics or looking at pictures of cats. Biomedical research stole my heart at the beginning of college, and it also motivates me to work within and outside of Brown to help create accessible platforms that inspire and support scientific curiosity. This is my first semester with BSP, and I’m looking forward to getting to know y’all!

 

 

 

Harini Balakrishnan, '20 Hey y'all, I'm Harini (she/her)! I'm a senior studying Economics and interested in medicine, and I hail from just outside of Houston, TX. I love milk tea, Vines (RIP Vine), learning languages, and hearing people talk about what drives them.  I also love all of the amazing and interesting topics "science" encompasses, and I enjoy having the chance to explore these topics with you all!

 

 

 

Daniel Chan '21 Hi! I’m Daniel, and I’m a junior double concentrating in biochemistry and public health (it’s important to learn about health on both a molecular and societal level!). Outside of the classroom, I’m involved in patient advocacy, design and health, peer advising, and neuro-oncology research. Being a native San Franciscan, I’m also a boba and sourdough diehard who loves anything related to food and cooking. As a first-generation college student, I’m passionate about making education accessible to students from all backgrounds; I want to help students develop a love and enthusiasm for science, which is why I’m so excited to be a BSP mentor!


 

 

Jack Ciabaton '22 Hey! My name is Jack Ciabaton, and I am a sophomore at Brown. I am currently planning on concentrating in Mathematics and Computer Science - Economics, but I love all of science! I am from Naples, Florida, and outside of BSP, I have gotten involved with Science Olympiad, Quiz Bowl, being a TA, and tutoring here at Brown. In my free time, I like to read science-fiction books and browse Wikipedia, learning about interesting ideas like the Ham Sandwich Theorem and the Boltzmann Brain (look them up!). I would love to do research in science or teach someday, and I can’t wait to meet you!

 




Elaine Kim '22 Hi! My name is Elaine and I'm from Los Angeles. I am a sophomore concentrating in biology and psychology. In my free time, I love to discover and try new foods. Outside of BSP, you can find me working as an EMT, dancing, and eating blue sour patch kids. I can't wait to meet you all! Feel free to say hi and talk to me about food.

 

 

 

Zach Levin '22 Hey! My name is Zach and I’m a sophomore at Brown from outside of Boston. I’m studying Neuroscience and hoping one day to become a doctor! Outside of BSP, I write for The Brown Daily Herald and am a Meiklejohn advisor for first-years. In my free time I love to read fiction, watch bad Netflix series, and search out good food in Providence with friends. Fun fact about me, I spent my high-school summers baking and decorating wedding cakes!

 

 

 

Juliana Katz '22 Hey! I’m Juliana and I’m a sophomore from Massachusetts concentrating in Public Health. I’m also premed and I love all things medical, which is why you’ll always find me working for Brown EMS or binging on Grey’s Anatomy. I’m also part of the Wind Symphony here at Brown, so in my free time I’m holed up in a practice room playing the piano or the flute. Along with science and music, I’m a big fan of eating, napping, and playing board games with friends!

 

 

 

Joanna Tasmin '23 Hi! I'm Joanna and I'm a first-year at Brown from Jakarta & Singapore intending to study Mathematics and Computer Science. In my free time, I like exploring Providence to find the best coffee and breakfast food around town and talking about obscure math to anyone that will listen. Outside of BSP, I'm part of the Mathematics Directed Reading Program, Brown Data Science, and Poker Club. I'm not sure what I want to do in the future, but I'm hoping it will involve a good amount of math and CS!

 

 

 

Mariah Masha, '23 Hi, my name is Mariah and I’m a first year from Houston, TX interested in studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I am fascinated by microbiology and immunology and this is one of the main reasons I’ve gravitated towards this concentration. When I’m not observing chemical reactions or analyzing abnormalities in heartbeat, I can be found playing video games, practicing the Viola, studying, eating or sleeping. I’m open to learning about new things and I can’t wait to get to know y’all as well as share with y’all my love of science.

 

 

 

Andy Luo 23' Hi! My name is Andy, and I’m a first year from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA. I’m planning on studying economics and possibly behavioral decision sciences or art history. I’m really unsure about what I want to do in the future, but I’ve always loved teaching, so that’s definitely a possibility! Outside of BSP, I recently started playing ultimate frisbee and copy editing for the school newspaper. I also love watching Brooklyn-Nine-Nine and all sports, especially the Atlanta teams.

 

 

 

Annabelle Gao, '23 Hi! My name is Annabelle and I’m a first-year concentrating (maybe) in geochemistry. I grew up in Maryland, right in between D.C. and Baltimore. If I’m not napping in my spare time, I’m watching Netflix (read: starting and not finishing shows), running, or searching for a place to nap. Outside of BSP, I’m involved in high school tutoring, salsa, and an Asian-American women's forum. I’m super excited to get to know all of you and learn some really cool science!

 

 

 

Jeanne Zheng, '23 Hey everyone! I'm Jeanne, and I'm a first-year from San Diego planning on concentrating in public health. In school, my favorite subjects are biology and English; I'm passionate about issues of accessibility, especially when it comes to education and healthcare. At Brown, I'm currently involved in BSP, STEMS, Project Sunshine, and The Triple Helix. Outside of school, I enjoy making very specific playlists on Spotify, trying to (re-)learn languages, and reading anything and everything.

 

 

 

Kevin Du, '21 Hey BSP! I'm Kevin from Northeast Ohio, a sophomore studying computer science. My favorite way to spend time is by hanging out and chatting with friends about everything from food on campus to predicting the future (scientifically, of course). Meanwhile, my favorite way to waste time is by playing too much internet chess and reading the news. Outside of all that, I enjoy playing tennis and piano and wondering how our world really works. Excited to have a great time science-ing with you all!