Monica Gallego Rude, Founder/Director of Gomundo
Monica has spent the entirety of her career working in admissions both in the United States and internationally. She enjoys helping students of all academic interests and backgrounds find and tell their best stories in their personal statements so they can ultimately be admitted to and attend their best-fit universities. Her students have been admitted to a variety of highly selective colleges, including both Ivy League and Russell Group institutions.
Nik Evasco, Youth Engagement Fellow at World Savvy
After receiving a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from George Washington University, Nik taught English as a Foreign Language in South Korea. While in Korea, Nik developed a passion for education as a path to deepening cross-cultural and community ties. After relocating to the Bay Area, they are currently pursuing a Master’s in Migration Studies focusing on the intersections of climate change and forced displacement. Through this program, they have spent time working with migrants in transit in Mexico through service learning.
Carl Domingo, Global Student Programs Manager at Unity
Having been a tour guide for several years at his college and seeing the power of students at hackathons and other such events, Carl works every day to help build pathways and create opportunities for students all over the world. At Unity, the company building software to power games like Pokemon GO, Carl helps provide software licenses at no charge for in-class instruction to qualifying academic institutions at any level. Find out more at Unity for Education.
Madeeha Khan, Communications and Workshop Team Member at TeenTechSF
High school junior Madeeha helps TeenTechSF organize events that connect 2000+ teens with tech leaders and opportunities each year, and is the 2019 STEM Inclusivity Summit Co-Chair. Madeeha is also a TechHive intern at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, an intern at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital, a member of the robotics team and Co-President of her high school's Muslim Student Association, and an overall well-rounded and accomplished student dedicating an abundance of time to volunteering!
Claudia Bucheli, Research Assistant at UC Berkeley's Department of Plant & Microbial Biology and Team Member at The CLEAR Project
Claudia received her bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at San Francisco State University. Her current research at UC Berkeley in a plant biology lab has her studying a grass called Setaria viridis, and a grain called Sorghum bicolor. Her Setaria project uses genetic engineering to help the plant grow bigger. In the Sorghum project, she studies the strategies that Sorghum uses to survive during droughts. Both projects can help increase agricultural yields to feed a hungry world!
Sophia Batchelor, 2019 B.A.T.S. Keynote Speaker and Graduating Senior at UC Berkeley
As a graduating senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Psychology with Honors, as well as Interdisciplinary Studies within Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Bioethics, Sophia is taking a creative approach to her research, by building Augmented and Virtual Reality tools to try to understand the "why" of "what" we are by looking at the brain and technology. You could say her ultimate research goal is to understand through a bioscience lens how we interpret and interact with the world!
Brendan Tsuda, Sophomore at UC Berkeley and Member of BEAM
Brendan is currently majoring in Chemical Biology and hoping to pursue a minor in Astrophysics at UC Berkeley. He offers his time to teaching kids science at local elementary and middle schools as a site leader in the mentoring club, Berkeley Engineers and Mentors (BEAM). He is also part of an undergraduate research program that analyzes data collected by robots on the structure and light properties of nanocrystals.