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Meet the Team

Welcome back to the Win STEM blog! Dive right in and learn more about the team that makes the magic behind the scenes a possibility!

Welcome back to our Win STEM blog! It has been a while since our last post back all the way in April, but it's been a pretty crazy summer - I think we can all agree on that. With the start of the school year this Fall, Win STEM has come a long way. Not only has this nonprofit attained federal and state status as a Public Charity, now being renowned as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, but Win STEM has established a local presence at the University of Texas at Dallas. Win STEM at UT Dallas is a new student organization at the University, and it couldn't have been made possible if not for a few wonderful people (who I like to call the Wonder Team). Several outstanding individuals have supported us all this way, and we continue to aspire and strive in the STEM field as a team, bringing resources and opportunities to one and to all! Today, we want to introduce our empowering team members, who each have goals in mind to make the impossible possible.

Several outstanding individuals have supported us all this way, and we continue to aspire and strive in the STEM field as a team, bringing services to one and to all!

Drum roll please, I present to you... our fabulous Wonder Team!

Meet Raluca

Hey everyone! My name is Raluca Narita, and I am the President of the Win STEM Foundation. I am a sophomore, double majoring in Biology and Healthcare Management and am also a proud pre-med student 💪🩺. I founded Win STEM as a nonprofit back in March and am now at the stage of building up this nonprofit’s presence in the UT Dallas community. Fun fact, I was born in Romania, hence the hard to pronounce name. I like ice skating, reading, writing, walking my dog Noah, and hanging with my best friends. Feel free to reach out to me about anything at all, I’m here to help, as is the rest of our fantastic team! I want to give a shoutout to our wonderful Officer Team at UTD, this student organization wouldn’t have been possible without them. Do join our student organization if you are a UTD student, and if not, check out our website for resources and our volunteer application! Hope you have a wonderful year, stay safe, and join Win STEM today! #winstem #womenempowerment #womeninstem

Meet Varshini

Hello everyone! My name is Varshini Ganesh and I am the Vice President of Win STEM at UTD. As a sophomore at the University of Texas at Dallas I have a passion for science, and I am majoring in Neuroscience. I am following the pre-med track as well. A fun fact about me is that I love to dance and go on adventures! I can’t wait to meet all of you and explore through the wonders with you guys!! Win STEM has a vision of providing service and empowering women along the fields of STEM, and I cannot wait to embark on this wonderful journey together, exploring the wonders of the opportunities being offered. A fun fact about me is that I love to dance and teach other students the artform also! Please don’t hesitate to contact me regarding the organization or anything in general, I would be more than happy to assist and get to know all of you!

Meet Nabeeha

Hello everyone! My name is Nabeeha and I am this year’s Treasurer for Win STEM at UTD. I’m currently a sophomore double majoring in Biochemistry and Business administration on the premed track 😬. That being said, outside of school I do make time to bake cupcakes, play video games, and spend time with my family. I’m also heavily involved in research on campus where I’m currently studying the protein that causes Parkinson’s Disease, so if you guys have any questions about that feel free to reach out to me! 🤩

Meet Laasya

Hi, My name is Laasya! I’m currently a sophomore majoring in neuroscience and I’m thrilled to be your secretary of Win STEM at UTD this year. Though I am on the pre-med track, I am also interested in pursuing a career in education. In my spare time I like to bike, read, jam to my music, and be environmentally conscious, Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and I’m also down for any music or book recs as well ;) I wish you all a great year ahead and keep smiling!

Meet Nawaar

Hi everyone! My name is Nawaar Abdus-Salem and I am the Win STEM at UT Dallas Fundraiser Captain this year… that means I’ll be arranging all the cool money events 😂 I am a sophomore and a premed student, majoring in Healthcare Management. I’m also extremely crafty (the level goes beyond your imagination) and am mostly interested in Islamic Arts. Besides, I do a lot of sewing (and mask making). If you have questions regarding anything, I’ll be happy to answer them to the best of my abilities. I’m really excited to work with you guys this year!

Meet Yahvi

Hello! My name is Yahvi Suhalka, and I am so excited to be the Win STEM at UT Dallas Event Coordinator this year! I am currently a sophomore and I’m majoring in biology (pre-med). Some fun facts about me is that I like to bake, and I am really into music :) I’m really looking forward to this year, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk!

Meet Areeba

Hey my name is Areeba Haji and I am your Outreach Coordinator at Win STEM UTD this year. I am a junior premed student majoring in neuroscience. I am a certified makeup artist and I love to play tennis in my free time. I look forward to getting to know all of you and feel free to reach out to me with any questions regarding Win STEM or just in general. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice of any sorts and good luck this semester!!

Meet Jenny

I’m Jenny Tran, the social media Ambassador this year at Win STEM UTD. I will be posting through our social media updates for our different activities and events this semester. I transferred to UTD last fall so I’m like a junior/senior and I look forward to meeting you all! I am a biochemistry major and love to cook and try new things! Feel free to reach out to any of us and remember to practice safety measures like wearing masks when out of the house! :) #winstem #winstemutd

Meet our UT Dallas Student Organization Advisor

Margaret Garnett Smallwood teaches business communication classes at UTD. Before joining UTD in 2011, she worked in corporate communications, marketing communications and public relations. Margaret had her own communications firm in Richardson for many years, which provided PR and communications services to technology-based companies. She graduated from UTD with her MBA and is now finishing as master’s in Communication Studies at another Texas state university.

And so the Fun Begins

Now that we have heard a few words from our Wonder Team, we will be exploring through the adventures this year will bring despite the ongoing pandemic, and do our very best to make the most out of this year! If you have any questions, please reach out to us, we would be very excited to help you out! There are going to be various upcoming opportunities regarding scheduling one-on-one conferences, participating in consultations, training sessions, and virtual volunteering/shadowing opportunities which ensure social distancing measures. We cannot wait to engage with all of you and make Win STEM impactful!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post!

Win STEM is a public funded charity. We are always open for donations. As of recent, we are also fundraising for COVID-19 aid and our Scholarship Fund. Check out our home page to learn more. #winstem

Check out our Nonprofit Social Media Accounts:

Instagram: @win_stem

Twitter: @win_stem

And UT Dallas Social Media Accounts:

Instagram: @winstem_utd

Twitter: @winstemutd

September 11, 2020

In honor of 9/11, we ask for everyone to take a moment of silence as to respect the lives that were lost during this tragic event. We appreciate your understanding.

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