Prospective Mentors

If you are a Brown student interested in becoming a Brown Science Prep mentor, please visit our mentor portal for details on how to apply. The application deadline for Fall 2017 is September 14th @ 11:59 P.M.



Sarah Blunt '17 Hi there! I'm Sarah Blunt, a physics concentrator with a research interest in astrophysics. I love studying the details and mysterious phenomena of science almost as much as I love BSP's weekly bagel selection. I do research on exoplanet direct imaging (Google "Gemini Planet Imager" if you're curious about the research I work on). In addition to physics, I absolutely positively undeniably love dinosaurs. Highlights of my life include attending a wine and cheese event hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson and not passing out from excitement at said wine and cheese event.  


Meryl Charleston, ‘17 Hi everyone! I'm Meryl Charleston and I'm concentrating in Computer Science. I'm a TA in the Computer Science department, so I get to help students work through problems and debug, which is really fun. If we could have minors, I'd go with German because it's a really cool and not scary language. I was born and raised in Chicago– the city, not a suburb (and proud of it!). Although I'm a CS concentrator, I don't spend all of my time in windowless rooms, staring at a glowing screen. In fact, I love being outdoors, whether I'm going on a run or playing ultimate frisbee on the women's club team. I'm also a harpist, cat/baseball lover (I named my cat Sox after the White Sox) and avid reader. Fun fact: Chance the Rapper's little brother had a crush on me when we were 12!




Ryan Bahar '18 Hey y'all! I'm Ryan, and I study neurobiochemistry here at Brown. I love to teach science as well as use science to problem solve in everyday life. When I'm not obsessing over the phrase "life is but an expression of proteins" or thinking about the seven billion billion billion atoms in the human body (and don't get me started on the Universe...), I am usually doing one of three things: drinking all the smoothies the world has to offer, getting totally lost in the mountains of northern New England, or trying to telepathically communicate with my two cats back home. With your help, my goal is to make this year of BSP the best one yet!



Sandra Chang '17 I'm a senior concentrating in Health and Human Biology from Rochester, NY, home of the heavenly garbage plate (look it up, you won't regret it!). Besides being a mentor, I can be found kicking wooden boards in the Brown Taekwondo Club and advising first year students as a part of the Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program. Outside of Brown, I love to travel, eat dessert food, and crazily sing/dance along to One Direction and Taylor Swift.


Shirley Lin, ‘19 Aloha, I'm Shirley Lin, a current sophomore concentrating in Biology. With my education here, I hope to go to medical school one day. I'm from the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i and my favorite thing to do is drive to the North Shore and eat local food (check out Giovanni's Shrimp Truck and Matsumoto's Shave Ice). My second favorite thing to do is try to get mainlanders to say the name of our state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua'a. I'm a huge advocate of converting people from saying "flip-flops" to "slippers". My main goal here at Brown is to survive the winter. My spirit animal is a seal or maybe a thumb, but I'm also fond of ostriches, emus, vultures, and various other ugly birds. Mahalo for reading. Shoots.


Jovan Nelson, ‘17 Hello! My name is Jovan Nelson and I am senior concentrating in physics (coolest field eva!!!) I was born and raised in California (best state in the world!) and decided to come to Providence because I thought it would be cool to spend some time on the other side of the country (and I guess go to school and learn stuff too). This is my second year as a BSP mentor, and I am excited and looking forward to all the fun and science we will get to do. Outside of BSP, I run (because I am weird and think it's fun) and I work in a group called CubeSat, where we are trying to build a nano-satellite that will be visible from space to the residents in Providence (coming to you...hopefully in 2017).  



Sarah Master, ‘17 Hey! My name is Sarah Master and I'm a cognitive neuroscience concentrator, future professor, and bagel enthusiast. I work in the Badre Lab of Cognitive Control and Memory and plan to continue doing research for a career (because science is SO FUN). Any time I'm not actively being a science nerd, you can probably find me reading a book, singing embarrassing music in the shower, or letting my Jersey Girl come out. How do you pump gas again?



Sumit Sohani, ‘19 Hey what's up hello y'all! My name is Sumit Sohani, and I'm a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. (Go Falcons!) Even though my concentration is currently a somewhat un-sciency Comp Sci and Econ, I still love exploring and teaching science through BSP. Outside of being a part of the BSP fam, I'm a chess player, older brother, Taylor Swift fan, and avid Waffle House frequenter. 



Kathryn Addonizio, '17 Hi everyone! My name is Kathryn Addonizio, and I am a senior concentrating in Biology. I am from a suburb outside of Boston, MA and I am so excited to teach with BSP this semester! Outside of BSP, I can be found singing in the Brown University Chorus, writing for the Critical Review, and advising first year students through the Women in Science and Engineering Mentorship Program. In my free time, I love playing with my dog, hanging out with my friends and family, and singing loudly to Taylor Swift. 


Brian Zhao, '19 Hello! My name is Brian Zhao and I am a sophomore thinking of concentrating in chemistry. I am from New York City and love all things food-related. When I’m not eating, I am part of the Chinese Student Association here at Brown and like to run in my free time. I am also interested in poetry so please tell me your favorite poets if you ever run into me! I have also worked in a pharmacology lab in high school and have dissected a pregnant cat before (it was pretty disgusting but super interesting).



Ankush Bajaj, '20 Hi there! I’m Ankush Bajaj, and I’m a freshman thinking of concentrating in Neuroscience. This is my first year as a mentor with Brown Science Prep! I’m from Chicago, Illinois and hope to pursue a career in medicine (my main interest is in neuroscience). Apart from BSP, I’m also a member of Brown’s quizbowl team and an avid reader. I also love to eat, so you may see me downing slice after slice of pizza in Andrews dining commons.



Shoshana Simons, '20  Hi guys! I’m Shoshana, a first-year whose current interests are too all-over-the-place to have a concentration (though if I were you, I’d put my money on Computer Science). I’m from Florida, so pardon my confusion when it’s fifty degrees out and not snowing. When I’m not doing BSP, I’m probably deleting emails—as a first-year, I take pride in being on too many listservs. I’m also really into thought experiments, computational linguistics, music, and political activism, and I’m super excited for this all-over-the-place list to grow throughout my experience with BSP. 



Daniel Erdosy, '17 Hello everyone! My name’s Daniel Erdosy, and I’m a senior who mainly studies chemistry. I grew up in New England (Mass, to be more precise), but my parents are immigrants from Hungary. Outside of my academics, I'm a member of a research lab (based on creating nanoparticles for use in alternative energy sources), work with the Catholic community on campus, and enjoy eating desserts made using walnuts. As a fun fact from my college career: I got to shake hands with the President of Hungary!



Greg Benitez, '20 Hello! My name is Greg Benitez and I am a first-year here at Brown. Settling in has been fairly easy as I live only 15 minutes away from Brown's campus in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. As of now, I am on the fence of either concentrating in Computational Biology or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology but luckily for me, I have a lot of time to make a decision. While I am not studying, I love to play soccer, ultimate frisbee, play FIFA, and of course, eat food. I am eager to share my passion for science with the rest of you!



Joy Jiang, '19 I'm Joy, and I'm a sophomore from Massachusetts concentrating in Biology. This is my second year with BSP! Apart from learning science, I love running, dancing, reading the NY Times, and watching Spongebob. When I'm not getting lost on my long runs around Providence, I am most likely FaceTiming my 8 chickens back home. 



Valerie Estela, 3rd year PhD I am a 3rd year PhD Candidate in Neuroscience researching the mechanisms of learning and memory. In my research I get to use really cool techniques like in vivo electrophysiology, where we can record and analyze electrical activity within the brain of an animal performing a memory task, as well as optogenetics, where we can use a virus to make brain areas turn on or off with light! I love teaching and hope to become a professor after finishing my PhD. When I'm not in the lab, I'm probably kickboxing, playing ultimate frisbee, or loving on my two kitties!



Shawn Young, '19 Hey! My name is Shawn Young, and I'm a Freshman, possible Biology and Public Policy concentrator, and an avid lover of McDonald's 2 for $3 breakfast sandwich deals. I'm from the wonderful state of New Jersey, home of taylor ham (think SPAM but more edible) and highway exits. On campus, I'm involved with the Brown Daily Herald and the Undergraduate Council of Students. When I have free time, I like to play in jam sessions on bass and ukelele, sometimes at the same time, and binge watch Supernatural on Netflix.


Tom Skipper, '19 I’m a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering, which is basically the ideal concentration for an indecisive science nerd! I currently live in Connecticut but I was born in England and go back to see family a lot. In my spare time I like to hike, play on the club tennis team, and obsess over English Premier League soccer (I’m a massive Manchester United fan). I also love to read, drink tea, listen to as much music as possible, and run (though not all at the same time). I’m really excited to join the BSP team!


Stephanie Adaniya, '20 Hello! My name is Stephanie Adaniya but my friends call me Steph or Staph infection (it’s a long story). I’m all the way from Hawaii so these New England winters are quite the struggle. I don’t have a concentration yet but I really like proteins, chem labs, and rocks. So I’ll probably end up in something like geology-chemistry or biochemistry. When I’m not in the Sciences Library, you can probably find me hitting some taiko drums or coaching Science Olympiad (I LOVE Science Olympiad).


RuiXi Seet, '20 Hello! I'm RuiXi, a freshman from Melaka, a town in Malaysia thinking of concentrating in Physics. In my free time, I enjoy reading, long walks (even if it's the concrete jungle of Providence and not the Black Forest in Germany where I went for high school) and watching PhysicsGirl/Simone Giertz (she makes really cool albeit dysfunctional robots!) videos on youtube. I also enjoy singing and playing the ukulele.This is my first year with BSP and I'm so excited to work with you!



Amy Huang, '20 Hey ya'll. I'm a first year from Texas who is pretty sure about concentrating in computer science--though I'm not sure what I want to do with tech. In high school I played viola in orchestra and did visual arts most of the time, but right now I'm doing neither of those things. Instead, I have a job, volunteer with the Classical Coding Club sponsored by the CS department and do BSP! For fun I like to surf Quora and academia twitter, wikipedia strange things and explore downtown.



Harini Balakrishnan, '20 Hello! I’m Harini, and I’m a first-year thinking of concentrating in economics here at Brown, but I’m also interested in going into medicine. This is my first semester with BSP! I’m from Houston, Texas, so getting through the winter is a big accomplishment for me. Outside of BSP, I’m also involved with the Brown Chess Club and I volunteer at a local clinic in Providence. In my free time, you can find me walking to Andrews for a panini, listening to ALL the music, or just being very excited about fellow Houstonian Beyoncé.