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Riya Kaushal

Riya Kaushal is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Biology, Chemistry, Cities and Social Medicine, and Honors in Math and Natural Sciences. She is a Co-Research Coordinator at the Stress in Pregnancy Study where she started in Summer 2017 as a research assistant. Riya earned the Thomas E. Frumkes Award for Excellence in Psychological Research.

Riya has been an AmeriCorps Jumpstart volunteer for two years, providing support to preschools in underserved NYC communities. She has been volunteering at Cohen Children’s Medical Center since 2016. During her first semester of college, she joined the SAHDI club, spreading awareness about respiratory diseases in Sri Lanka. She became president of the Hindu Student’s Association club in 2017. Riya was a summer Research and Policy Intern for Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), where she worked with government officials to decriminalize marijuana. She studied abroad in South Africa during Winter 2019. After graduation, Riya will be applying to medical schools while continuing her research and community service activities.

Natalia Sandor

Natalia Sandor is a Business Management major with a minor in English Writing. Currently, she is the owner of Sand Bars Handcrafted, an ice cream sandwich company she founded in 2017. She also was the founder and president of the Sustainable Student Organization and sat on CSI’s Sustainability Committee. In 2018, she was selected to go on the Macaulay Service Trip to Puerto Rico to help with post Hurricane Maria recovery.

As a student, Natalia held internships at: Omnibuild Construction doing risk management, Warby Parker running a technical team, The Department of Economic Development working on a project team and at The Office for the Associate Vice Chancellor at CUNY running social media for the Women in Technology initiative (WiTNY). She also participated in the WiTNY summer guild at Microsoft and was a dedicated member and captain of the women’s soccer team at CSI. More recently, she participated in RLab at ShoP Architects where she built out an augmented reality application. After graduation, Natalia plans to run her business while working on a second start up.

Abirami Rajeev

Abirami Rajeev is a Mathematics major and Human Rights and Peace Studies minor. Currently, she works as a math tutor and a technology assistant at Lehman College. She is the Co-Director of the Feminist Society as well as an avid participant in Habitat for Humanity. She has received honors such as the Kenan Fellowship, Induction to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, the Meyers Scholarship, and a Presidential Scholar.

Over her four years, she has worked as a Grassroots Canvasser, as a volunteer in Puerto Rico to aid with the hurricane relief efforts, and as a teacher in Thailand for children in danger of being trafficked. Through all these experiences, she discovered her passion for data science and humanitarian work. She plans to work for the Peace Corps and then continue her studies of mathematics, computer science, and human rights.

Ryan Seerattan

Ryan Seerattan is a Neuroscience-Biology major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. Currently, he works in the Choi Research Laboratory at Queens College as a Research Assistant. His work focuses on the design and synthesis of small molecule inhibitors that target an enzyme implicated in cancer. Ryan is also a peer mentor in the HSI-STEM program at Queens College, where he assists students in the subject of Physics.

In December 2017, he became a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician-Basic and has since began volunteering at the Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He has also volunteered as an Emergency Department Ambassador at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset since February 2018. Ryan was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society in May 2019. In January 2020, he went to Florence, Italy on a Macaulay-funded study abroad program to study nutrition. Following graduation, Ryan plans to apply to medical school while continuing his research and volunteer work.

Vinila Varghese

Vinila Varghese, through the CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program, created her two majors: Race and Criminal Justice, and Philosophy and Law. She received the CUNY BA/BS Distinguished Scholar Award in May 2020. She is a former Thomas W. Smith for Academic Achievement fellow. Currently, as part of the Pinkerton Fellowship (Summer 2019-May 2020), she is placed at the Legal Aid Society’s Community Justice Unit (CJU). She is currently a projectBasta fellow.

Prior to this, Vinila worked as a Fatherhood Engagement intern at the Midtown Community Court, a Peer Ambassador at John Jay, and a tutor at the Mexican American Students’ Alliance in the South Bronx. She was the co-captain of a Quidditch team (the Macaulay Marauders), and John Jay Honors Peer Leader, and the president and founder of the John Jay Chapter of “Leading Womxn of Tomorrow.” In January 2019, she went to Florence, Italy to study abroad. After graduation, Vinila plans to go to law school and fulfill her life goal of becoming a social justice advocate after taking a gap year.

Paul Menestrier

Paul Menestrier is a Financial Mathematics major at Baruch College. During his undergraduate years, Paul served many different roles. At Baruch College, he worked in the Mathematics department, served as a peer-mentor for incoming students, and was the latest Teaching Assistant for the Financial Leadership Program. Paul was also an integral member of the Investment Management Group, a club managing part of Baruch’s endowment. In his final roles as Chief Investment and Chief Operating Officers, he managed over $400k and secured an additional $150k in funding. Paul was also nominated to be on the Baruch Presidential Search Committee, playing a role in the selection of Baruch’s incoming president.

Paul’s undergraduate years would be incomplete without mention of his community service. For the past 7 years, Paul has served at the Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Service. Climbing up the ranks to his current role as senior-EMT and Membership Committee Chair, Paul has directly served his community on hundreds of free emergency calls and looks forward to continuing his service after graduation.

Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams is a Political Science and Economics double major and Spanish minor. She is guided by her interests in public policy and global development. Jordan served as the Co-Coordinator of Peer Health Exchange at Brooklyn College and the Director of Speakers and Programming at TEDxCUNY. In the fall of 2017, Jordan began interning with the New York State Legislature as part of the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs. Later that year, she was selected as a William R. Kenan Scholar. As a Kenan Scholar, she traveled to Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Ecuador to complete service-learning projects centered on environmental protection and youth development. In the spring of 2019, she became a Program Development Intern for Latin America at Trickle Up. Jordan spent the summer of 2019 interning at the Economic Policy Research Institute in Cape Town, South Africa where she contributed to large-scale impact evaluations of social protection schemes. Jordan is interested in applying to law school in the near future.

Joseph Gurbo

Joseph V. Gurbo is a Film Major with a concentration in Screenwriting with double minors in Acting and Television and Radio. In the summer of 2019, he interned at City Lore, a not-for-profit gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that is dedicated to fostering New York City’s and America’s living cultural heritage through education and public programs. He worked as a photographer and videographer documenting the Urban Explorers Program, a program designed to encourage New York City high school students to express themselves through dance, theatre, art, and film.

In the Spring of 2020, Gurbo was a general production intern with The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. This was a multifaceted internship that provided a working understanding of how a contemporary late-night talk show is written, produced, and broadcast within the same day. Over the course of this internship, working in many different departments, Gurbo gained experience in the rigorous undertakings of producing a show that is filmed daily before a live studio audience.

Mia Chin

Mia Chin graduates with a dual degree in Biology and Anthropology. During her undergraduate career, she co-founded a campus-wide civic engagement initiative “Humanizing Homelessness,” whose primary goal is to provide resources to the homeless of New York City while encouraging local volunteerism. In the fall of 2017, Mia was named an S Jay Levy Fellow in honor of her outstanding academic performance and leadership potential. Following her sophomore year, Mia began work as a research assistant at NYU Langone Headache Center under the supervision of Dr. Mia Minen. As part of her role, she facilitated the implementation of several neurological research studies and co-piloted the Headache and Arts program. This past Summer, Mia volunteered for the United to Benefit Ecuadorian Children International Foundation in Quito, Ecuador, and the Intercultural Outreach Initiative in the Galapagos Islands with her William Kenan Scholar cohort. In May, she begins her postgraduate studies at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, where she pursues an MPH in Health Policy and Management.

Shelly Zou

Shelly Zou majors in Biology and double minors in Chemistry and Psychology. In Spring 2017, Shelly became a Resident Assistant at The Towers residence hall. In the following Fall semester, she co-founded a service-oriented club called Humanizing that has partnered with City College clubs and Macaulay’s Service and Green Initiatives to encourage greater involvement in community service. Starting her junior year, Shelly began research in Dr. Osceola Whitney’s neuroscience laboratory at the Center for Discovery and Innovation and has achieved Honors in Biology. She serves as the Director of Volunteer Services of the CCNY Biology Club, previously holding the position of Director of Outreach. In Winter 2020, Shelly received the Schor Scholars Opportunities Fund to study abroad in Cape Town, South Africa. Over her gap year, she hopes to gain clinical exposure before applying to medical school. In her spare time, Shelly enjoys gardening, crafting, and piecing together puzzles.