Co-Presidents

Eric Zhang

Eric Zhang

Co-President

I’m a junior from Lexington, Kentucky double majoring in Cell Biology and History. I joined VSVS freshman year and fell in love with it – been here since then! Kids are silly and it’s so rewarding to wow them and maybe even inspire them with science. In my free time, catch me cooking and trying desperately to catch up with my endless list of need-to-watch movies.

Vineet Desai

Vineet Desai

Co-President

Vineet Desai is a junior double majoring in HOD and Biology. He is originally from Mission Viejo, California. He has been a member of VSVS since his freshman year, and has previously served as the Training Committee Co-Chair. Vineet is also involved in Tour Guides and is a Resident Adviser on the Commons. Vineet is excited to work with the new VSVS Board and adviser to continue making VSVS a fun, engaging, and impactful experience for both Vanderbilt volunteers and the students we teach.

He loves to eat cereal.

Outreach
Committee

Samantha Brener

Samantha Brener

Outreach Co-Chair

I am a sophomore from Marietta, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta. I am on the pre-med track, majoring in Medicine, Health and Society and Neuroscience and also minoring in Spanish.
I joined VSVS first semester freshman year to combine two things I love: science and community service. So far, VSVS has given me countless opportunities to make a positive impact on Nashville youth, inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM and to appreciate higher learning in general.

Carli Needle

Carli Needle

Outreach Co-Chair

I am a sophomore from Potomac, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, DC), majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish.  I currently serve as one of the Co-Chairs for the Outreach Committee of VSVS.  I joined VSVS during my first semester at Vanderbilt because it offers a meaningful and rewarding opportunity to serve our local Nashville community, while inspiring a passion for science in younger students. Through engaging, hands-on lessons, we are able to share our knowledge and enthusiasm for science, while also serving as role models and mentors. I have loved helping to foster a growing interest in and appreciation for science among Nashville’s youth.  Outside of VSVS, I am a Vanderbilt Tour Guide, Dore for a Day host, compete on the Vanderbilt Club Tennis team, tutor at-risk elementary-school students with Synergy, work in a biomedical research lab, am a member of the ZTA sorority, and love to sing, play piano, hike, explore new restaurants in Nashville, and spend time with friends.

Aine Muhumuza

Aine Muhumuza

Outreach Committee

Derek Lee

Derek Lee

Outreach Committee

I am from Nashua, NH and am currently a freshman studying chemical engineering here at Vanderbilt. I joined VSVS because I enjoy planning and participating in science outreach events to spread the love of science throughout my community – something I’ve been doing since high school. When I am not volunteering, I love playing basketball and tennis, listening to music, hanging out with friends, watching the Boston sports teams, and binging Netflix.

Maya Xia

Maya Xia

Outreach Committee

I am a first-year student from Houston, TX majoring in Neuroscience. I found my passion for teaching younger students about science through a similar program in high school, which inspired me to join VSVS at Vanderbilt. Outside of VSVS, I enjoy baking, doing puzzles, and watching TV shows.

George Zhu

George Zhu

Outreach Committee

I am a Sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society from New Jersey. I decided to do VSVS because I remembered how cool I thought all the science experiments were back when I was learning about them! Outside of school I love to sleep, eat, and workout a little bit.

Recruitment
Committee

Colby Downs

Colby Downs

Recruitment Co-Chair

I am a junior from Pulaski, Tennessee, a small town located about an hour south of Nashville. I’m majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and hope to attend medical school after I leave Vandy. I joined VSVS because I love working with kids and enjoy teaching others about things that I am passionate about such as science! Outside of VSVS, I enjoy golf, food, and fishing (see picture).

Yuqi Bian

Yuqi Bian

Recruitment Co-Chair

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Yuqi is a junior from Fort Collins, Colorado, and is majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She joined VSVS to continue working with kids and to do cool science experiments! Outside of VSVS, she enjoys hanging out with her roommates, true crime, and baking.

Allison Daney

Allison Daney

Recruitment Committee

Allison is a Chemical Engineering Major from Summit, NJ.  Besides VSVS, she is a member of Chi Omega Sorority and Society of Women Engineers.  In her free time she enjoys watching sports, running, and hanging out with friends.

Rachana Krishnan

Rachana Krishnan

Recruitment Committee

Rachana is a current sophomore majoring in MHS with a minor in religious studies. She loves VSVS as she adores kids and did something similar in high school she wanted to carry into college. In her free time, Rachana loves photography, watching How I Met Your Mother, and travelling!

Thomas Lowell

Thomas Lowell

Recruitment Committee

Louis Schatzki

Louis Schatzki

Recruitment Committee

Serena Pao

Serena Pao

Recruitment Committee

Sydney Corey

Sydney Corey

Recruitment Committee

I am a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience from Tampa, FL. I love going to the beach, painting, and hanging out with friends. I joined VSVS my first semester and have loved it ever since! I’ve always enjoyed science and being able to engage with the kids and see their passion for learning as well is so inspiring.

Adam Geffner

Adam Geffner

Recruitment Committee

I am a Communication of Science and Technology major from Livingston, New Jersey. I love sports, Game of Thrones, and science. Participating in VSVS has been incredible for me, as it allows me to apply my passion for science in a fun and meaningful way.

Training
Committee

James Dohm

James Dohm

Training Co-Chair

I am a junior majoring in chemical engineering and from Los Angeles.  I joined VSVS Board as first-year, and I’ve been involved on the Training Committee since then.  VSVS has enabled me to combine two of my passion, teaching and STEM , through its volunteer work with middle-school students.  Outside of VSVS, I am an RA in E. Bronson Ingram College, play viola in the Commodore Orchestra, and participate on the Club Golf team.

Meghana Bhimreddy

Meghana Bhimreddy

Training Co-Chair, VCH Liason

I’m from Tampa, FL., and am majoring in Neuroscience. I joined VSVS because I enjoy  teaching and working with children, and VSVS brings these two together. I love interacting with young students and learning along with them as we have fun with science! In my free time, I like to read and write.

Brooke Daney

Brooke Daney

Training Committee

I am a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering.  I grew up in New Jersey but now my family lives in Florida.  I participated in similar science outreach in my hometown so was excited to find VSVS to continue this passion into my college career.  I love the opportunity to work closely and impact so many kids.

Omar Amir

Omar Amir

Training Committee

I am a sophomore from Dallas, Texas who is majoring in both Human and Organizational Development and Medicine, Health, and Society. I joined VSVS because it allows me to share my passion for science and education. Aside from VSVS, I enjoy reading and exercising.

Aakash Basu

Aakash Basu

Training Committee

I am a Neuroscience major hailing from Naperville, IL. I joined VSVS as a freshman because I believed in the power of the organization to inspire a love for science and learning. I still maintain that this is the core purpose of the club. In my free time, I can usually be found either sleeping or not sleeping

Pranav Kodali

Pranav Kodali

Training Committee

Yuelin Deng

Yuelin Deng

Training Committee

Kevin Sun

Kevin Sun

Training Committee

Kevin Sun is a current sophomore at Vanderbilt University, studying MCB with a minor in MHS. A self-described adrenaline junkie, Kevin enjoys activities that get the heart racing, whether they be a giant roller coaster or a good horror movie. Kevin sees VSVS as an amazing way for a regular college student to give back to the community by supporting the science education of younger students. This goal, among others, has definitely been fulfilled during his time with VSVS.

Robert A'Hearn

Robert A'Hearn

Training Committee

I am a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in anthropology. I was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Freshman year, I wanted to join an org that allowed me to make an impact outside of Vanderbilt, and VSVS was the perfect fit. Aside from VSVS, I enjoy going on road trips, eating every type of food (my favorites are chicken katsu curry and tacos al pastor), watching anything sport related, wearing flip flops, and people watching.

IT Committee

Allen Luna

Allen Luna

IT Committee Chair

Shan Chidambaram

Shan Chidambaram

IT Committee

Michael Selzer

Michael Selzer

IT Committee

Hello all, my name is Michael Selzer and I am an Electrical Engineering student from North Salem, NY, a small suburb of NYC. VSVS has given me the opportunity to share my love and fascination for science with local Middle School children. I loved VSVS because it is so rewarding to see the looks on the kids’ faces when they get excited about science, and to hopefully spark an interest in STEM fields and higher education in these young learners. Some of my hobbies include hiking, playing soccer, watching science YouTube videos, and having fun with friends.

David Ward

David Ward

IT Committee

David is a sophomore Computer Science major from Rockledge, FL. He joined VSVS as a freshman to give back to the Nashville community and ended up loving its cool science experiments and passionate people. Outside of VSVS, he enjoys singing, nature, and watching football

Katie Helman

Katie Helman

IT Committee

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
I’m a first-year and Biomedical Engineering major from Chatham, New Jersey. I joined VSVS because not only does it combine two of my greatest passions, science and working with children, but it’s also extremely rewarding to be able to  observe the direct impact of our lessons on the children. Outside of VSVS, I’m involved in the SGS-Murray House Fellowship and Vanderbilt Club Soccer.

Secretaries

Gaby Gallego

Gaby Gallego

Secretary

I am a junior computer engineer from Naperville, IL. Along with VSVS I am involved with Association of Latin American Students. I’ve done VSVS every semester that I have been at Vanderbilt. I joined because I love teaching and science and this lets me do both 🙂

Emily Chuang

Emily Chuang

Secretary

I’m a sophomore from Naperville, Illinois, majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Neuroscience. I think VSVS is a great opportunity to reach out into the community to kids who might not have the chance to experience science in an interesting and engaging way. I love seeing kids get excited about the lessons we are teaching and ask questions when they want to learn more. Outside of VSVS, I like running/swimming, napping, and finding new music.

Treasurer

Phoebe White

Phoebe White

Treasurer

I am a sophomore from New York majoring in Biology and Medicine, Health & Society. I love cooking, hiking, dancing and working with children. I have been involved in VSVS since I got to Vanderbilt and am so happy that I have the opportunity to engage with the Nashville community, work with children, and teach STEM.

Intern Coordinator

Juliana Qin

Juliana Qin

Intern Coordinator, Outreach Committee

Juliana is a sophomore from Richmond, IN majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Philosophy. She joined VSVS to get involved with the community through her love of science and later joined the Outreach Committee to continue doing so outside of the classroom. As Intern Coordinator, Juliana hopes to build a stronger sense of community within the board and prepare interns through immersion and interaction. Outside of VSVS, Juliana likes to play tennis, watch soccer, and eat Asian food.

VSVS Coordinator

Paige Ellenberger

VSVS Coordinator

Paige moved to the Nashville area to begin working with VSVS in October 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in general science and social studies from Mississippi State University and a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics and science education from The University of Mississippi. Before beginning her work with VSVS, she spent time both as a classroom teacher and working outside the classroom in teacher professional development and science outreach programs.