Our Graduated Leadership and Instructors
Our instructors have graduated to some the top UNIVERSITIES in nation including stanford university, massachusetts institute of technology, the university of california berkeley and the university of washington.
MAYUKHA VADARI- CEO
MASSACHUSETTS institute of technology
Mayukha is a sophomore at MIT. Mayukha has been into math since the fourth grade, when she joined her school's math club. She got off to a good start, winning 8th place at the Math is Cool state competition only a few months after she started. For the next few years, she continued to take part in math competitions, including in national competitions like ARML and NSF Nationals. She has won several awards at the regional, state, and national levels. Then, in 8th grade, Mayukha enrolled in Seattle Science Infinity Club. At first, she did not like science very much, but soon began to love it. She and her team excelled, getting second place in Science Bowl at the regional level, only losing once to the first place team, who also happened to be from the Seattle Science Infinity Club. She also went to Nationals for the North South Foundation's Science and Math Bees and won awards there as well. By this time, she realized a trend that girls were losing interest in math and science. She noticed this trend through direct experience with her classmates and friends, as well as observing at competitions (e.g. she was the only girl in the top ten at the 2012 NSF MathBee Nationals). In order to combat this drop in interest, she decided to form Girls Rock inScience and Math to increase interest for girls in these two subjects and make them enthusiastic participants in all areas of both academia and extracurricular.
RISHMA MURUGAN- Former PRESIDENT
UNIVERSITY of California BERKELEY
Rishma Murugan is a freshman at the University of California Berkeley and the former President of GRISM. She has loved science and math since she was very young and this inspired her to teach at GRISM. During her freshman year at high school, Rishma took AP Computer Science and she realized how much she loves computer science and began programming video games. She also developed features for a commercial mobile app on Android and has conducted research to improve virtual reality experiences. In the future, she would like to expand GRISM to include computer science and incorporate fun programming exercises into the program's curriculum. She would also like to continue working with the Microsoft STEM Outreach team to spread GRISM’s influence across Washington (and eventually across the nation!) Outside of school and GRISM, Rishma loves to play film themes on the piano and to play badminton.
HARSHU MUSUNURI- FORMER CURRICULUM DIRECTOR
Harshu Musunuri is a student at Stanford Univeristy and the former Curriculum Director of GRISM. Her interests in STEM were catalyzed from a young age by her participation in math and science competitions, as well as a desire to learn more about the world around her. Over the past couple years, she has had the wonderful opportunity to take her passion for science a step further by conducting research on energy conversion technologies and synthetic biology, and presenting on international platforms. Harshu joined GRISM because she believes strongly in its mission to spark an appreciation for STEM among the next generation of female innovators, and she strives to craft GRISM lessons in a way that reflects the interdisciplinary nature of these fields.
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Anushka Ladha is a student the University of Washington and a former GRISM Instructor. She enjoys studying the fields of biology and chemistry and taking fun lab classes like Anatomy & Physiology and Forensic Science. During her sophomore year, Anushka was concerned with the lack of STEM topics represented in her high school newspaper, The Blaze. This prompted her to establish the Science & Technology section of the paper. Other than school and GRISM, Anushka likes photography and kickboxing.
UNIVERSITY of washington
Khushi Chaudhari is a student at the University of Washington . She is currently a GRISM instructor and part of the GEMS team. She has loved math and science since a very young age and has actively taken part in various math and science competitions since elementary school. She has taken various AP courses in the stem field, and was also a part of her school’s Math Honor Society. Khushi felt immense delight upon hearing about the Girls Rock in Science and Math program as it helps instill the same love she has for math and science, in the girls who are starting their journey in the STEM world. She hopes to share her passion for the subject by teaching girls at GRISM. Apart from math and science, Khushi loves to do karate and debate as she participates in various debate tournaments and Model United Nations Conferences.
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Yuna Shin is a student at the University of Washington and a former GRISM instructor. She is particularly interested in biology but has a growing interest for astronomy and physics. She plans to pursue a career in physics or medical field. Through teaching at GRISM, she hopes to use her strong enthusiasm for science, and advocacy for women in STEM, to empower girls in math and science. Outside of school, Yuna enjoys walking her dog and reading.