Team 2 Introductions

Hello Team 2! My name is Alex Cook, and I am your project management lead for this session.

@S_Herron
@SamSchach
@Zayyad_Siddiqui
@Shreyaxc
@vgomez1643
@Ingrid
@etulsian
@Hinagaur
@Reha_Matai
@Gagan_Mannur
(See Post 2 for more names, can only mention 10 people per post!)

Let’s start our projects off with introducing ourselves. I’ll reply with my own to start off the discussions.

Name:
Where You’re From:
Year in School/Job Title:
Time Zone:
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics:
Goals of joining STEM-Away:
One interesting fact about you:
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N:

@burdenma
@aphang
@Viet_Nguyen
@disha
@samfenske
@awprakas
@Sdong

Name: Alexandria Cook (Please call me Alex!)
Where You’re From: Dallas, Texas
Year in School/Job Title: Senior at University of North Texas; Former healthcare worker and data management specialist / maintenance program analyst at a material handling company.
Time Zone: CST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: Very little experience with R and Python, basic experience with bioinformatics but very interested in learning all I can!
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I would like to gain some hands-on experience in project management, and also learn more about bioinformatics. In addition, build a network of peers! Network building will be very important when you’re starting your career- if you don’t have linkedin, please start a profile!
One interesting fact about you: In addition to my interests in project management and healthcare / bioinformatics, I am also an artist. I’ve been featured in an arts magazine for a sculpture, and have been designing graphics for over a decade. I’m thinking about starting a small business this summer using my new cricut machine on etsy or something like that. (Perhaps less interesting but a heads up, I have two toddlers ages 3 and almost 2, so they might be showing up in meetings with me sometimes.)
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y, absolutely!

Name: Angelina Prakash
Where You’re From: Marin County, CA
Year in School/Job Title: First year at UCSC
Time Zone: PT
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: Very little experience with R! But I’m planning to take a course this summer if my schedule isn’t packed!
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I would love to learn more about bioinformatics. Working directly with the content is (,in my opinion,) the best way to learn! I love human biology and I believe learning some virtual applications with the subject I love will help greatly in the future.
One interesting fact about you: I am very active. I am blessed to live where I live and have access to a plethora of trails (although, right now, they are closed) and nature! I have made youtube workouts a part of my routine since our shelter-in-place took place. I’m actually waiting for my longboard to get here today! I love learning new activities (:
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y (:

Name: Yves Nana
Where You’re From: Born in Cameroon but based in Rome, Italy
Year in School/Job Title: First year of the Master’s Degree in Data Science
Time Zone: Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I have a Bachelor in Bioinformatics, I have a lot of experiences with both R and Python
Goals of joining STEM-Away: This summer I’d like to learn new things, starting from technical things to more general stuffs. I’d like to work on my leadership, to share with other students my knowledge and experiences and learn from them whatever they will like to share with me
One interesting fact about you: I’m a former soccer referee. I love athletics and I do half-marathons.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

**Name:**Victoria Gomez
Where You’re From: Temecula CA.
**Year in School/Job Title:**I am currently a sophomore entering junior year at the University of California Riverside as a bioengineering major.
Time Zone: Pacific Time
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I have very little experience with R but I am really interested in learning about it and plan to do research to get a basic concept about it. I also love biology and math and would love to know more about bioinformatics.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: My goal in joining Stem-Away is to gain experience for any future internships that I can apply for. I also am super interested in learning new things this summer about bioinformatics and expanding my knowledge to help me in school throughout the future.
One interesting fact about you: An interesting fact about me is that I have my associates degree in mathematics and science! I graduated this spring from Mt. San Jacinto College. I also tutor math and science to high schoolers in my area !
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Esha Tulsian
Where You’re From: Ashburn, VA
Year in School/Job Title: First year at UVA
Time Zone: EST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I have experience with Python and minimal experience in R. But I plan on reviewing R this summer!
Goals of joining STEM-Away: Through this program, I hope to learn more about bioinformatics and learning more about applications of it. I would also love interacting with my peers! :slight_smile:
One interesting fact about you: I am multilingual. I know English, Hindi, and Spanish! Which might be why I love international cinema so much. If you all have any TV show/movie recommendations, I would love to know! :slight_smile:
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Reha Matai
Where You’re From: Dublin, CA
Year in School/Job Title: High School Junior
Time Zone: PT
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I have experience with Python, but no experience with R.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: Through this program, I’d like to gain experience in the field of BioInformatics and it’s applications. I love learning about biology and computer science and am interested to explore BioInformatics.
One interesting fact about you: I love traveling and exploring new places.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Sam Fenske
Where You’re From: Glen Ellyn, IL
Year in School/Job Title: Rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis
Time Zone: CST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I’m pretty familiar with python, but less so with R. I don’t have much experience applying comp sci to bioinformatics so I’m excited to explore!
Goals of joining STEM-Away: Aside from gaining technical skills, STEM-Away will improve my ability to work with others on a project/research team, more specifically how to work with others on coding and analysis tasks.
One interesting fact about you: I love everything astronomy and almost switched to a physics major my freshman year.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y!

Name: Simone Herron
Where You’re From: Chesapeake, VA
Year in School/Job Title: 4th year at UVA
Time Zone: EST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics : I have some experience with Python and basic experience with bioinformatics.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: My goal in joining STEM-Away is to learn more about Bioinformatics. I believe this opportunity will allow me to broaden my knowledge and sharpen my skills.
One interesting fact about you: I like to play tennis and would like to learn how to roller skate this summer.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Shreya Chaudhry
Where You’re From: Bartlett, Illinois
Year in School/Job Title: I recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in Bioengineering
Time Zone: CST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I’ve used Python for a machine learning class I took my last semester as well as for research, but haven’t used R.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I’m excited to learn about bioinformatics as my degree was more concentrated in neural engineering. I love programming and want to learn R and work with the team.
One interesting fact about you: I love to stay active! I used to workout regularly at my university’s gym before quarantine started. I also run, swim, and longboard and am currently doing a 30-day workout challenge with a friend (virtually).
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Hina Gaur
Where You’re From: India
Year in School/Job Title: Third year student of integrated btech+mtech biotechnology five years programme
Time Zone: IST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I have basic knowledge of bioinformatics.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: To learn valuable work skills ,gain useful experience, and to enhance my knowledge of bioinformatics and programming .
One interesting fact about you: I love to cook
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Zayyad Siddiqui
Where You’re From: Woodbridge, Virginia
Year in School/Job Title: Rising 4th year at the University of Virginia
Time Zone: EST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: I have experience in Python but have little experience in R (mainly data visualization/wrangling). I have minimal experience with bioinformatics but am eager to learn as much as I can to understand the connection between Data Science and Biology.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: The overall goal is to learn more about bioinformatics and improve my hard skills in relation to coding, analysis, and biological comprehension. My other goal is to learn how to properly work together with peers in a professional setting (in terms of soft skills) to help prepare me in my future career.
One interesting fact about you: I love to play sports ranging from basketball, soccer, football, and swimming.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Gagan Mannur
Where You’re From: Los Angeles, California
Year in School/Job Title: First Year at UC Riverside
Time Zone: PT (GMT-7)
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: Brief experience with Python and Matlab
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I would like to learn practical application of Bioinformatics and gain a more solid experience coding in Python or R. I am enthusiastic about all biologically related fields, so I want to fill my summer with new, enriching experiences.
One interesting fact about you: I am currently a bioengineering major, but I also have interests in medicine and astronomy, which are very different subjects. I hope to try to find a way to bridge the two with what I learn in the future.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Sam Schach
From: Fayetteville Arkansas
Year: 4th year UVA
Time Zone: GMT-5
Previous experience with python/r/bioinformatics: I have some experience with Python. None with R and minimal with bioinformatics.
Goals of joining stem-away: become comfortable in R and learn more about bioinformatics
One interesting fact about me: I like to boulder.
Informal chat: Y

Wow, thanks to everyone for replying! What time would everyone be free on Saturday for a chat? Let’s pick between 12-1PM, 3-4PM, and 9-10PM CST for a wide variety of times.

  • 12-1 PM CST
  • 3-4 PM CST
  • 9-10 PM CST

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Name: Malia Burden
Where You’re From: Chicago, IL
Year in School/Job Title: Junior at Boston College
Time Zone: EST
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: Very little experience with R, basic proficiency in Python. Strong background in biology and math, and looking forward to learn more about bioinformatics.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I hope to learn more about bioinformatics and its real-world applications. I am excited to work and share ideas with students from all over the world.
One interesting fact about you: I love to bake! I am always trying out new recipes with friends and family.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

Name: Ingrid Zhang
Where You’re From: Dublin, California
Year in School/Job Title: Incoming freshman at UCLA
Time Zone: PST
Previous Experiences: Some experience with Python and Bioinformatics. Excited to self-study R throughout the Summer :slight_smile:
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I hope to gain a firmer grasp about how software may be applied in the health realm and also learn the discipline and fruition that can come from a concerted short-term project.
One interesting fact about you: I love learning about cultures and world history
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Yes definitely!

Name: Stephen Dong
Where You’re From: Irvine, California
Year in School/Job Title: First year at University of California, Riverside
Time Zone: PDT (GMT-7)
Previous Experiences with R, Python, or Bioinformatics: Basic knowledge of Python and zero experience with R.
Goals of joining STEM-Away: I am interested in bioinformatics and would like to gain some experience of it. Additionally I would like to learn more about the applications of programming in other STEM fields that are different from mine.
One interesting fact about you: I can speak three different languages-- English, Chinese, and Spanish (and C++ and Python if those count)-- and I will be learning a new language this summer.
Are you up for an informal chat soon to get to know each other? Reply Y or N: Y

I’m making two sessions for a meet and greet, one at 12PM CST and the other at 9PM CST. Feel free to join either!

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