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Work Experience



Simons Research Fellow Summer 2017, StonyBrook, NY

Mentor: Dr. Fusheng Wang

Selected from thousands of applicants around the world to attend the 7-week prestigious Simons Research Fellowship program and awarded a $1,000 research stipend.

Developed the GlioVision platform, which uses deep learning to identify brain cancer features from brain biopsy images.



Student Researcher 2016-2017, Cambridge, MA

Mentor: Dr. Rycroft

Developed a mathematical model for 2D tumor growth in C++. The model demonstrates interaction between and evolution of tumors with differential fitness levels via a Moran computational model.



Student Collaborator Summer 2016, Online Collaboration

Mentor: Dr. Hejtmancik

Developed the Eyeagnosis system for the automatic screening of diabetic retinopathy using a smartphone.

Collaborated with researchers from Cornell, Caltech, Harvard Medical School, and the National Eye Institute.

Issued provisional patent and presented at the NIH, International Society for Computational Biology, and O’Reilly Conferences.




Paid Summer Technical Intern Summer 2016, Tysons, VA

Mentor: Dr. James Ellenbogen

Developed and applied statistical methods for a classified biomedical diagnostic research project in the Nanosystems group.

Was the youngest employee of the company at the time of employment (15 years old) and the only high school intern in a typically college-level program.

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Student Researcher 2014-2015, Baltimore, MD

Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth Nance

Conducted research on the toxicity of nanoparticle drug delivery systems on brain tissue isolated from newborn rabbits with cerebral palsy.


Volunteer Experience

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Founder, CEO 2015 – Present, Herndon, Virginia

Working to Educate, Inspire, and Empower middle and high school students especially girls to participate in the fields of computer science and technology. GirlsComputingLeague.org

Impacted more than 1000 K3-12 students from Title 1 and students living in public housing authority.Reached over 1,000 teachers and recruited a volunteer base of over 50 high school students.

Shared her passion with more than 30,000 professionals, parents during her speaking engagements.

Raised $35,000 from Google, Apple, Amazon, Society For Science & Public, NCWIT, Children Science Center, FannieMae, CONRAD Foundation, Marriott, and PSAV.

Current students are from Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, India, and Jamaica. There has even been interest in starting programs for girls in Africa, Australia, and Mexico.

Partner organization of the White House CSforAll Initiative. (Link)

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Member on the Board of Directors, Youth Advisory Board Chair, and Youth Ambassador 2012 – Present, Northern Virginia

Donated all scholarships over the past four years to the CSC.

As a keynote speaker, helped raise over $170,000 in contributions at the Founder’s event.

Several speaking events, such as the annual 2013, 2014, 2015 Founder’s Society Annual Fundraising Events, US Volkswagen Finance Headquarters Event, and AOL Events.

Began a column in the monthly newsletter called “Celebrity Spotlight” interviewing scientists such as Nobel laureates, Mythbuster Adam Savage, and others.

Worked with WTOP to record Public Service Announcements to air in 2015.

Founded the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) , runs monthly YAB meetings to discuss and put into action science fair exhibit ideas.




Thomas Jefferson HS

GPA: 4.506

Coursework: Math: Research Statistics 1, AP Calculus BC, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra Computer Science: AP Computer Science C, Artificial Intelligence 1 and 2, Computer Vision Science: AP Biology, DNA Science 1, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C Mechanics and Electricity/Magnetism Language: French 1, Russian 1-3

Exam Scores: PSAT 2016: 750/760 Math, 760/760 Writing/Reading, 99% percentile for both SAT Subject Tests: Math Level 2, 800/800; Biology M, 800/800; Chemistry, 800/800 AP Exams: 5/5 (Environmental Science, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus BC)

Programming Skills: Java, Python, C++, MATLAB, Mathematica, Android Studio, Arduino Programming, Caffe and Tensorflow Deep Learning Architectures

Leadership in Clubs: President of Bioinformatics, Co-President of the MIT BioBuilder Club, Vice President of Bioinformatics Society, Teaching Coordinator of Biology Olympiad Club, Co-Founder and President of Russian Language and Culture Club, Appointed Member of TJ Honor Council, TJStar STEM Symposium Committee Member.




2017 – Present

The GlioVision platform identifies relevant tumor regions in a brain biopsy image and determines the molecular sub-type of the tumor (which has important implications in chemotherapy treatment) with over 85% and 90% accuracy, respectively, using deep learning.

Collaborated with researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Faber Cancer Institute, Georgetown University Hospital, and Emory University.

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2016 – Present

2016 Nat. Siemens Competition Semifinalist 2017 ISEF (Finalist), Translational Medicine (3rd) 2017 Conrad Challenge (1st) 2017 Virginia State Science Fair (2nd) Governor’s Award Recipient Leidos Award in Computational Science


Eyeagnosis utilizes machine learning techniques and a smartphone camera for the automatic screening of diabetic retinopathy. The Eyeagnosis algorithm consists of a neural network, a 3D-printed optical device that enables a smartphone to take high-quality retinal images, and a smartphone app.

Issued IRB approval for testing by Chesapeake IRB. Tested at Aditya Jyot Hospital in India.Collaborating with Salauno in Mexico City.

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2015 – 2016

2016 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Summit Diplomat and International Pete Conrad Scholar (1st)

The MediKey mobile application allows on-demand, swift, and secure sharing of relevant lifesaving medical history of a patient with an EMT in the case of an emergency using NFC technology and encryption algorithms.

Endorsed by the Chief Technology Officer of the Defense Health Agency and multiple EMTs across Northern Virginia.



2014 – 2015

2015 Toshiba ExploraVision National Honorable Mention


Created a concept idea for StentSense, a revoluntionary stent-like device inserted in the upper arm that utilized state of the art nanotechnology and cloud computing to continuously monitor a patient’s bloodstream and identify the contents.




2014 IEEE App-E-Feat (3rd)

#BUILTBYGIRLS 2017 Finalist

Created a concept idea for Diabreathometer, a revolutionary device that would allow diabetic patients to monitor their blood sugar levels through breath tests for acetone. Diabreathometer is an app-device system that can both measure and display blood sugar content on a smartphone.

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Developed ConnecTech platform to help the teachers improve their computer science curriculums by connecting with professionals. GCL plans to collaborate with schools and other organizations to expose teachers and students to current technologies used on projects in real life.




ncwit 2016/2017 National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing (AiC) National Award Winner (top 50 of over 4,000 applicants)
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ISEF_Logo 2017 Project: Eyeagnosis International Science Fair (ISEF) Finalist, International 3rd Place in Category, 2nd Life Science Award from the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, Honorable Mention from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence
VSSF 2017 Project: Eyeagnosis Grand Prize/ Governor’s Award at the Virginia State Science Fair (VSSEF), Leidos Award in Computational Science
download 2017 Project: Eyeagnosis 1st Place Health and Medical Science at the International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge
seimens 2016 Project: Eyeagnosis Siemens Foundation Research Competition Semifinalist
download 2016 Project: MediKey 1st Place Cybersecurity and Technology at the International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge
exploravision 2015 Project: StentSense National Honorable Mention in the Toshiba Exploravision Competition
USACO 2017 United States Computing Olympiad (USACO) Gold Division Winner
ASCL-logo-e1496173566843 2015 3rd Place, American Computer Science League (ACSL) All-Stars International Competition
USABO 2015/2016/2017 United States Biology Olympiad (USABO) Semifinalist Qualifier (top 10%)
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aime_rgb 2014/2016 National American Invitational Mathematical Examination (AIME) Qualifier (top 10%)
actr 2016 American Council Teachers of Russian (ACTR) Russian National Essay Contest Gold Medalist
actr 2017 ACTR Russian Scholar Laureate Award Nominee (2 per school)


In the News


Disrupting the Gender Gap in Computer Science

by Kavya Kopparapu June 16, 2017



Speaking Engagements

4277669767 UPCOMING November 2017 Travel Grant awarded by ForumAIResponsable to attend the event as a Panel Speaker and sign the Montréal Declaration for the Ethical Use of AI
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2017-announcements-schedule-25 UPCOMINGDecember 2017 Nobel Week at Stockholm
Travel Grant from National Society for High School Scholars to attend the 2017 Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden
May 2017 TEDx Herndon Speaker on the Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
June 2017 Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit – Speaker
June 2017 O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference – Session Speaker – Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence to diagnose diseases
April 2017 March For Science DC Rally Main Stage Speaker
speaker-stemonthehill April 2017 STEM on the Hill Event at Capitol Hill
August 2017 National Society for High School Scholars Scholars Day Panel, Presentation, and Acceptance Speech
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White House STEM Inclusion Conference
June 2016 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Yearly Conference Student Award Winner
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2014-2017 Children’s Science Center Founder’s Society Event Keynote Speaker, CSC Volkswagen Event Keynote, CSC Fair Oaks Mall Lab Grand Opening Keynote (over 10 major events in total)


Organized Hackathons / Summits


Artificial Intelligence Summit 2017

Hosting a conference in September 2017 for high school students.

The Girls Computing League at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) is sponsoring an artificial intelligence summit—AI Summit for All—on Saturday, September 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The summit is designed for students in grades 8-12 who are interested in learning about artificial intelligence.

Keynote speakers include: Teresa Carlson of Amazon, Afua Bruce of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Evan Burfield of 1776, and Virginia Delegate Ken Plum.

Presenters on artificial intelligence include: Jim Liew of Johns Hopkins University, Tim Hwang of FiscalNote, Lisa Singh, Peter Bock of George Washington University, and Patrick Hall of H20.ai.

The event is sponsored by Google, Amazon Web Services, and the Spirit of Innovation Challenge.


BioCode Hackathon

Biocode Hackathon

Started BioCode Competition- the first middle/high school bioinformatics programming competition. Had over 220 participants and $2,250 in sponsorship.

The BioCode competition was held by TJ Bioinformatics Society. In this competition, teams competed with each other to solve the most number of problems that ranged from easy to hard in difficulty. These problems were all related to biology but required no previous biological knowledge and only minimal CS experience. The competition consisted of an opening ceremony, 4 hours of programming time, and an awards ceremony.

There were four divisions: middle school, basic high school (have not taken AP Computer Science), intermediate high school (have taken only APCS), and advanced high school (have taken AP Computer Science and another course). Prizes were awarded for the top 10 middle school teams, and top 3 high school teams in each category.

During the programming portion, teams received a set of problems to complete (anything as simple as “translate this DNA into RNA” to “model equilibrium in this population”). Session were also available to allow students to learn a new programming language, get help on solving one of the competition problems, or learn how bioinformatics is applied in the real world.

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Girls Computing League Workshops

Organized and coordinated volunteers for over 15 workshops on behalf of GirlsComputingLeague

GirlsComputingLeague can provide a one-time, introductory workshop, or weekly classes year-round as per your need. Below is a list of possible workshops that have already been developed:

  • Robotics Workshops (FLL and FTC)
  • Website Development with HTML or Javascript
  • JAVA and Python Programming
  • Mobile Application Development Classes
  • Scratch and Alice for Younger Students




Grants and Scholarships

2017 $1,000

TJ Partnership Fund Community Outreach Grant for BioCode Bioinformatics Competition

2016/2017 $4,500

3 NCWIT AspireIT Outreach Grants to teach Computer Science

2016 $1,000

Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge, Amazon Web Services Entrepreneurial Grants

2015 $500

Thomas Jefferson HS “One Question” Grant



2017 $5,000

Claes Nobel Academic Scholarship, presented by Mr. Nobel (Video Link)

2016 $1,500

Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award

2014 $1,000

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Angela Award Scholarship

2014 $500

2014 2nd place NSF National Science Bee at UT Dallas



Pending Provisional patent (# 62/422,537)



Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon

Vint Cerf, Google Evangelist, Father of Internet

Dr. Hejtmancik, Chief of the Ophthalmic Molecular Genetics Laboratory of the NEI


Dr. Nance, Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
Evan Glazer - Past Principal of TJ

Dr. Evan Glazer, Former TJ Principal
Ruthe Farmer

Ms. Ruth Farmer, Former White House Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion
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