Co-Presidents

Serena Pao

Serena Pao

Co-President

Serena is a Junior from Illinois, and she is double majoring in chemistry and secondary education and minoring in biology and psychology. She loves the community at VSVS and really enjoys teaching kids science. On campus, she is also involved in Active Minds and Tutoring Services, as well as research in the education department. She likes to spend time with her friends in her free time!

Dev Patel

Dev Patel

Co-President

Dev is a sophomore from Hinsdale, IL majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Medicine, Health and Society with minors in Psychology and South Asian Language and Culture. He joined VSVS during his first semester at Vanderbilt because it offers a meaningful opportunity to give back to the Nashville community, while instilling a passion for science in the younger generation. Outside of VSVS, Dev is involved in various orgs on campus like Vanderbilt Alliance on Disability and Condition and the Undergraduate Honor Council. In his free time, Dev enjoys spending time with friends and exploring new restaurants in Nashville.

Outreach
Committee

Molly Friedman

Molly Friedman

Outreach Co-Chair

 

Isabella Paldrmic

Isabella Paldrmic

Outreach Co-Chair

Isabella is a Junior from Chicago, IL who is double majoring Molecular & Cellular Biology and Medicine, Health, & Society with minors in Communication of Science & Technology and Spanish. She has been a part of VSVS since her Freshman year and absolutely loves teaching kids her favorite subject: science. Outside of VSVS, Isabella is involved in ‘Dore for a Day, Chi Omega, Vandy Radio, research, and volunteering in the Emergency Department at VUMC. For fun she likes to play sports, read, hang with friends, and be outside.

Allen Westerfield

Allen Westerfield

Outreach Committee

Allen is a junior from Lexington, Kentucky studying HOD. Since his second semester freshman year, Allen has been involved with VSVS. Since his second semester sophomore year, he has been involved on VSVS board as a member of the Outreach Committee. Allen plans to apply to medical school later this year. For fun, Allen likes to spend with friends and travel with his family.

Kate Scheetz

Kate Scheetz

Outreach Committee

Kate is sophomore from Zionsville, Indiana majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish. She began volunteering with VSVS during her first semester on campus in the fall of 2019. Kate’s favorite part of VSVS is learning from the students she teaches through VSVS. She’ll never forget the funny moment when a student once asked her: “Do you get bathroom breaks in college?” Apart from VSVS, Kate is involved in other areas of campus including Greek Life and Vanderbilt Ambassadores. In her free time, you can catch Kate listening to True Crime Podcasts, going for jogs, talking about all things skincare, and enthusing over all the dogs of Nashville.

Sophia Gerberg

Sophia Gerberg

Outreach Committee

Sophia is a junior from Long Island, NY who is double majoring in Medicine Health and Society and Spanish. She has been doing VSVS since her first semester at Vanderbilt and loves being able to teach the students to love science. Outside of VSVS, Sophia is involved in various orgs on campus including Best Buddies and the Vice President of Finances for her sorority, and she is both a Learning Assistant for Biochemistry and an undergraduate research assistant at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. In her free time she enjoys running and cooking dinners with friends.

Reethi Padmanabhan

Reethi Padmanabhan

Outreach Committee

Reethi is a sophomore from North Potomac, MD who is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience. She joined VSVS her first semester, hoping to help inspire an interest in STEM in younger kids, and she has loved it ever since! She especially enjoys Outreach events, as they offer a way to impact diverse groups of students in Nashville, outside of the classroom. On campus, Reethi is also involved in Tour Guides, ASB, and Camp Kesem. In her free time, she can be found practicing her yoga skills, coming up with new cookie recipes, and exploring Nashville with her friends.

Doah Shin

Doah Shin

Outreach Committee

Doah is a sophomore from Diamond Bar, California who is double majoring in MHS and child development and minoring in neuroscience. She has been doing VSVS since her first semester of freshman year and is thankful for the opportunity to be able to directly interact with kids and encourage them to pursue higher education. Outside of VSVS, Doah is involved with other orgs and is an undergraduate research intern at a lab. In her free time, she loves to (attempt to) bake, hang out with her suitemates, and play card games.

Amanda Bortner

Amanda Bortner

Outreach Committee

Amanda is a freshman from Rye, New York who is majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society. This is her first semester with VSVS and she loves the aspect of combining science with community outreach. Other than VSVS, Amanda is involved with the Vanderbilt Hillel and enjoys playing club soccer, painting, and good music.

Ananya Terala

Ananya Terala

Outreach Committee

Ananya Terala is a sophomore from Atlanta, GA who is double majoring in Neuroscience and Child Development. She has been involved in VSVS since her first semester and loves to volunteer with this organization because it allows her to foster an appreciation for science in elementary and middle school students. Outside of VSVS, Ananya is an active member of VU Lakshya, Page by Page, and Tour Guides, and loves to dance and bake in her free time.

Namrah Ajmal

Namrah Ajmal

Outreach Committee

Namrah is a sophomore from Nashville who is majoring in biomedical engineering and applied math. She has been doing VSVS since her freshman year and loves sharing her passion for science. On campus, she is involved in MSA, PSA, and VIC as well as being a resident advisor for Zeppos and research assistant at the Children’s Learning Lab. For fun, she like to bake, read, and hang out with her cat.

Eileen Yu

Eileen Yu

Outreach Committee

Eileen is a sophomore from Fort Worth, TX who is double majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and Neuroscience. She has been doing VSVS since her first semester of sophomore year and loves working with kids. Outside of VSVS, Eileen is a member of multiple orgs, including club tennis, project sunshine, and VCO.
In her free time, she likes to crochet, skateboard, and watch Criminal Minds.

Preethi Karnam

Preethi Karnam

Outreach Committee

Preethi is a junior from Athens, GA who is double majoring in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health, and Society and minoring in Anthropology. She has done VSVS since her first year, second semester, and is passionate about fostering a love for science in all students. Aside form VSVS, Preethi is involved in activities on campus including Brightpath Tutors, Bhangradores, and Athletic Tutoring Services. In her free time, she likes to run and go to coffeeshops around Nashville.

Recruitment
Committee

Rithik Sudhini

Rithik Sudhini

Recruitment Co-Chair

Rithik is a junior from Cary, North Carolina, double majoring in Neuroscience and Medicine, Health and Society. He has been involved in VSVS since his first semester at Vandy, and has loved every minute of it. Outside of VSVS, Rithik is involved in undergraduate research as well as volunteering at the Nashville VA. His hobbies include filmmaking, running, and (of course) video games.

Fay Zhang

Fay Zhang

Recruitment Co-Chair

Fay is a junior from Beijing, China majoring in HOD and Cognitive Studies. She thinks that hands-on science experience is essential for science education, and she enjoys working with VSVS to teach and interact with students. Outside of VSVS, she likes watching anime, playing squash, and meditation.

Ben Fahrenkrug

Ben Fahrenkrug

Recruitment Committee

Ben is a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering and mathematics from Waukee, IA. His favorite part of VSVS is teaching kids robotics lessons and encouraging the kids to think creatively. Besides VSVS, he is involved with radiation hardened electronics research and is also an active member of the Vanderbilt investment club. For fun, he enjoys football, bowling, and fishing.

Hari Patel

Hari Patel

Recruitment Committee

Hari is a freshman from Carmel, IN who is studying biomedical engineering and scientific computing. He has been doing VSVS since his first semester at Vanderbilt and enjoys sharing his passion for science to younger students. Outside of VSVS, he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and spending time in nature.

Jessica Handwerker

Jessica Handwerker

Recruitment Committee

Jessica is a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in business from Boulder, Colorado. She has always enjoyed math and science, and loves that VSVS gives middle school students the opportunity to apply their math and science skills to interactive projects! Outside of VSVS she enjoys hiking, skiing, listening to country music, and exploring Nashville with friends.

Walker House

Walker House

Recruitment Committee

Walker is a junior from London, KY majoring in Biochemistry and Chemical Biology. He loves working with VSVS as it allows him to share his passion for science and help inspire the next generation of scientists. Alongside VSVS, he enjoys exploring Nashville, taking hikes, and finding good places to eat.

Michelle Kwon

Michelle Kwon

Recruitment Committee

 

Training
Committee

Sean Collins

Sean Collins

Training Co-Chair

Sean Collins grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, has been preparing to become a science teacher since age 13, and is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Education and Physics. Sean has been in VSVS since his first semester and loves that VSVS offers other Vanderbilt students a chance to see what it is like to communicate science to middle school students. On campus, he is also part of SPS, Lambda, and PALs. Outside of Vanderbilt, Sean works at two museums, is a summer camp counselor, volunteers with Nashville Dolphins, and like to bike, swim, and read.

Kenneth Huff

Kenneth Huff

Training Committee

Kenneth Huff is a sophomore from Spartanburg, SC who is majoring in electrical engineering and minoring in computer science and engineering management. He has been in VSVS since his first semester and enjoys motivating students to love science. Besides VSVS, he is also a member of the SCALE workforce development program and his hobbies include running and fishing.

Rebekah Crane

Rebekah Crane

Training Committee

Rebekah is a junior from Rochester Hills, MI majoring in secondary education and chemistry. She joined VSVS because she loves sharing her passion for science with middle school students, and she plans to be a science teacher in the future. Outside of VSVS, she is a part of Mentor-A-Dore. In addition, she enjoys baking and rooting for Michigan and Vanderbilt sports.

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker

Training Committee

Jordan is a freshman from Dallas, Texas who is majoring in Chemical Engineering. This is her first year in VSVS, but she participated in numerous community service tutoring programs at preschools and grade schools in high school. Jordan is also beginning her first semester volunteering as an undergraduate research assistant in Vanderbilt’s Department of Pharmacology. In her free time, she loves to bake and decorate cakes and has worked as a pastry decorator at three bakeries in her hometown. She is a major foodie.

Alex Ruemmler

Alex Ruemmler

Training Committee

Alex is a sophomore from Saratoga, CA who is majoring in Secondary Education and Chemistry. She loves walking students through the VSVS experiments and watching them discovery some of the essential topics of science for themselves. One of her favorite VSVS lessons is the chromatography lesson! Outside of VSVS, Alex dances with Vandy’s Momentum Dance Company, and is a colorguard performer with the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps.

Theodora Anghelina

Theodora Anghelina

Training Committee

Dora is a freshman from Columbus, Ohio who is majoring in Medicine, Health, and Society and minoring in Spanish. She started VSVS at the beginning of freshman year and is excited to become more involved. She loves teaching the students and spreading her love for science! In her free time, Dora likes to ice skate, play piano, and try new food around Nashville!

Neeraj Namburu

Neeraj Namburu

Training Committee

Neeraj is a freshman from Nashville, TN who is majoring in Neuroscience. A fun fact about him is that he was once a student who received VSVS lessons back in middle school. Now, he wants to be able to give others the same fulfilling experience. In his free time, Neeraj loves cooking food and binging TV shows.

IT Committee

Nilai Vemula

Nilai Vemula

IT Chair

Nilai is a junior from Memphis, TN who is double majoring in physics and applied math. He has been doing VSVS since his first semester and loves to interact with the students in their science classrooms. Outside of VSVS, Nilai is involved in various orgs on campus including VIRA and SPS, he is an undergraduate research assistant in the physics department. For fun, he likes to cook and explore new restaurants in Nashville with his friends.

Rishi Das

Rishi Das

IT Committee

 

Carmen Alia Arias

Carmen Alia Arias

IT Committee

Carmen is a freshman from Miami, Florida in the School of Engineering. She plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. Carmen joined VSVS her first semester because she loves to mentor younger students, especially in STEM.

Lina Drechsler

Lina Drechsler

IT Committee

Lina is a junior from Cincinnati, Ohio. She is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Engineering Management. At Vanderbilt, she is also involved in the Running Club, Tour Guides, Tikkun Olam Makers, Theta Tau, and more. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, traveling, running half marathons, listening to True Crime podcasts and cooking!

Sam Bogdanov

Sam Bogdanov

IT Committee

Sam is a sophomore from Hewlett, New York, double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology with a minor in Computer Science. He has been doing VSVS since his second semester at Vanderbilt and most enjoys thinking of new and interesting ways to explain science topics to young students. Sam is a research intern at the Chetkovich Lab at VUMC in the Neurology Department and is a part of Vanderbilt’s Pre-Med Fraternity, AED. Outside of school, Sam enjoys playing video games and watching football with his friends on Sundays.

Secretary

Derek Lee

Derek Lee

Secretary

Derek is from Nashua, NH and is currently a junior studying chemical & biomolecular engineering with minors in chemistry and computer science. He has been with VSVS since his freshman year and joined because he enjoys planning and participating in science outreach events to spread the love of science throughout his community – something he’s been doing since high school. When he’s not volunteering, he loves playing basketball and tennis, listening to music, hanging out with friends, watching the Boston sports teams, and binging Netflix.

Treasurer

Weixi Kang

Weixi Kang

Treasurer

Vincent is a sophomore from Beijing, China who is double majoring in chemistry and history. He has been doing VSVS since his first semester at Vanderbilt as he loves to teach science and help young students to success. Apart from VSVS, he has been involved in ASB and VSG, and he is also involved in research. For leisure time, he likes to play tennis, hang out with his friends, and cook.

Graduate Student Liason

Mary Grace Hash

Mary Grace Hash

Grad Student Liason

 

Intern Coordinator

Maya Xia

Maya Xia

Intern Coordinator

Maya is a junior from Houston, TX majoring in Neuroscience. She found her passion for teaching younger students about science through a similar program in high school, which inspired her to join VSVS at Vanderbilt. Outside of VSVS, she is a tour guide on campus and an undergraduate researcher in a neurology lab at VUMC. She enjoys baking, doing puzzles, and watching TV shows.

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.