About

Our Mission

Founded in August 2020, STEM to the Sky is a student-led 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help middle and high school students discover and explore the vast array of careers, fields, and opportunities relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by interviewing professionals in STEM about numerous aspects of their work. In addition, we strive to showcase diversity not only in terms of careers but also in terms of people as we advocate for a more equitable STEM community.

Each interview will give you an exclusive peek into the unique career of a STEM professional. By sharing these inspiring stories, we hope to increase the transparency of careers in STEM, bring awareness to fascinating science, and empower all students in pursuing their own STEM journeys!


Meet the Founders

Aileen Qi

Aileen is a high school junior from Maryland passionate about neuroscience, public health, and synthetic biology. With STEM to the Sky, she hopes to make insights into STEM fields more accessible to middle and high school students worldwide while highlighting the interdisciplinary nature of many of these careers. Outside of STTS, Aileen loves playing tennis, reading scientific nonfiction, and creating short films. 

Annie Gao

Annie is a high school junior from Maryland interested in physics and computer science. In founding STEM to the Sky, she hopes to break down barriers to middle and high school students pursuing pathways in STEM. She is excited to use STTS as a platform to showcase STEM professionals and empower the younger generation to explore their interests. Beyond STEM, she enjoys running, journalism, and baking.


Board of Directors

Grace Wu

Graphic Design Director

Grace is a high school junior from Maryland. She is interested in computer science, in particular, machine learning and data science. She thinks it is highly important to educate others about the fields of STEM while advocating for women in STEM education, which is why she loves working with STTS. In her free time, she enjoys playing competitive club volleyball as well as playing piano. 

Sari Hirata

International Marketing & Outreach Director

Sari is a high school senior from Sapporo, Japan. She found her passion in STEM through her biology class and through attending local medical school lectures. She is particularly interested in medicine and biomedical engineering, hoping to address the inequalities in access to healthcare in the future. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading books, and restaurant hopping.

Ryan Hukom

Interview Director

Ryan is a high school senior from Toronto, Canada interested in biomedical engineering and human anatomy. His passion for STEM was developed from exposure to different career paths through programs held by universities across Canada. Ryan hopes to use STTS as a platform to reveal the diversity in STEM to middle and high-school students. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and exploring different genres of music. 

Anagha Bhuvanagiri

National Marketing & Outreach Director

Anagha is a high school sophomore from Maryland. She is interested in biology, specifically, disease research. She discovered her passion for STEM after joining a STEM Magnet program in middle school and has been passionate about the sciences since then. She thinks that it is very important to increase the transparency of STEM careers, especially for students like her who grew up with very little exposure to different STEM careers. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new music, trying new foods and hanging out with friends. 

Effie Fillas

National Marketing & Outreach Director

Effie is a high school junior currently attending Dominican Academy High School in New York City. Her primary field of study is concentrated in neuroscience and biochemistry. She is particularly interested in the dopamine system in the brain and its correlation to drug abuse, addiction, and pleasure. Through STTS, she hopes to assist in opening opportunities in STEM to others, especially women. Effie’s social interests include playing basketball and piano, as well as researching topics that pique her interests.

Amanna Mbagwu

Finance Director

Amanna is a high school junior attending St. Timothy’s School in Maryland. She is interested in physiology and biochemistry and is passionate about STEM because it allows her to help people and promotes change in our world. Specifically, the fight against discrimination based on race/orientation in healthcare interests her and is something she has been studying on her own. She has always wanted to be a part of something that promotes change through education which is why she is passionate about STTS. She enjoys dancing (ballet, hip hop, tap, contemporary), playing ice hockey, and learning new languages. She is currently advanced in Spanish and intermediate in Korean.

Team Members

Graphic Design
Grace Marshall

Grace is a high school sophomore in Kitchener, Canada. She is interested in the environment and climate change as well as graphic design. She feels it’s crucial that youth are educated on the variety of different careers involving STEM, and has already learned a ton from STTS alone. In her free time, she loves to draw, sing, and spend time with cats.

Aditya Das

Aditya is a high school junior from Maryland. From early on, he found his passion for STEM through watching science documentaries and participating in robotics teams. He loves engineering and physics and hopes to bridge the socioeconomic education gap. In his free time, he loves to paint, play piano, read, and listen to music.

Mariam Helal

Mariam is a high school sophomore from California. Her favorite subjects include physics, geology, and chemistry. Her main STEM focus is planetary science, a discipline that combines all of her favorite fields and more. After discovering STTS and their interview videos on youtube, Mariam was inspired and wanted to join STTS so she could do the same for others. In her free time, Mariam enjoys gardening, cooking, and crocheting.

Content Development

Sophie Jones

Sophie Jones is a high school junior from New York City. She has always been passionate about the STEM field, specifically in sports medicine and psychology. As a high level competitive gymnast, she enjoys learning about the human body and mind and hopes to pursue a career working with athletes in the future. Outside of STEM, she spends her free time baking, exploring the city, and seeking new restaurants to visit.

Isha Omer

Isha is a high school junior from North Carolina. She’s primarily interested in biology and aspires to pursue a career in medicine. Her passion for STEM bloomed through taking part in activities such as cancer research at East Carolina University’s School of Medicine. Through STTS, she hopes to increase the reach of STEM and broaden its horizons. Outside of STEM, she loves playing piano, listening to classical music, and writing poetry.

Christina-Panagiota Tsingi

Christina is a high school junior from New York City interested in biochemistry. Her love of STEM developed from watching strong female scientists, like her mom, and the wonder of their discoveries. She is a strong believer in exposing the diverse career paths that the STEM field has to offer to women and immigrants. Through researching and sharing discoveries in the STEM field, she hopes to spark an interest in STEM in others and express the connection between STEM and other fields. Beyond STEM, she enjoys competitive dancing and traveling.

Sasha Syrkina

Sasha is a high school junior interested in medicine, especially immunology and oncology. She attends an international school in Sapporo, Japan but is originally from Russia. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, reading, and trying to get through the list of movies that she keeps meaning to watch. She is passionate about STEM because she feels that it is a crucial part of the foundation of today’s society, especially medicine and technological aids. However, there are many issues with the accessibility of these fields, as well as a conflict of interest when it comes to providing health care and technology to people and places that are not as privileged. She hopes that in the future, she will be able to contribute to solving that problem.

Sophia Ge

Sophia is a high school freshman from Maryland interested in biology and computer science. She had always thought that there was no common ground between her varied interests, but interacting with STTS revealed many interdisciplinary career paths she had not previously considered. Outside of STEM, she enjoys playing tennis and piano, as well as listening to Taylor Swift and baking (aka nearly burning down her kitchen).

Abril Xu

Abril is a high school sophomore from Pennsylvania. She has been interested in STEM for as long as she can remember and plans on pursuing cognitive science in the future. In particular, she wants to expand the different ways the study of the brain can intersect with and improve other fields. By joining STTS, she hopes to share and spark that same passion in others. In her free time, she enjoys making art, reading short story collections, and listening to Phoebe Bridgers. 

Ana Kanazir

Ana is an incoming freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she plans on majoring in bioengineering. She is passionate about STTS and strongly believes in highlighting the undeniable contribution of minorities to the STEM field of work and in empowering people to realize their passion for STEM. She values the importance of building an accessible platform to increase awareness of the opportunities relating to STEM and to inspire individuals so that they may leave a beneficial impact on our world. Outside of STEM, she enjoys traveling, baking, listening to music, dancing, and photography.

Interview

Marin Suzuki

Marin is a high school sophomore from Fukuoka, Japan. She is interested in chemistry and biology and hopes to pursue a career where she can help people through medicine. She found her passion in STEM through engaging in STEM-related summer programs. She hopes to use STTS to promote the beauty of science to a wide range of students. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and cooking.

Video Production

Rabira Dosho

Rabira is a high school freshman in Maryland. He is interested in biology and aspires to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is passionate about STEM for its ability to change the world through research and application. He joined STTS to help showcase the different ways students can get involved with STEM. Rabira enjoys spending time with family and friends, tutoring students, participating in biology competitions, and editing videos/journalism. 

Wongel Gebru

Wongel is a high school junior in Maryland. She joined STTS as a way to apply her skills and passion for STEM to help others learn about the possible career paths in the sciences. She has been passionate about STEM for a long time, but she was never exposed to the multitude of opportunities out there. Through STTS, she was able to explore and narrow down her interests in STEM, and she hopes to help others do the same.

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