EDITORS

Karishma Goswami
Chief Editor

Karishma Goswami from Monta Vista High School, California has always believed in bettering the community by spreading awareness and educating others. She is very active in youth outreach programs and gives presentations at high schools and summer camps on climate change and climate science. Furthermore, she is a social media team leader for a climate organization, where she manages their youth Instagram feed and is launching a youth section for their blog. She has also published several letters to the editor in major newspapers. She was recently invited to speak on a panel at a national climate conference as well. To hone her science communication skills further, she joined the CsW program. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and has won multiple junior tennis championships. Outside school, you will find her spending time with her friends and family, traveling or cooking.

Juhi Amin
Team Editor

Juhi Amin is a senior at the Academy of Allied Health and Science in New Jersey. She joined cSw last year as a writer because she believes the promotion of science literacy is essential to building a better-educated society. This year, she looks forward to participating as an editor and is excited to continue exploring her interests in science and writing through cSw. Outside of academics, she is interested in drawing, cooking and playing tennis.

Simran Gohel
Team Editor

Simran Gohel is a senior at Biotechnology High School in New Jersey. This is her first year in Curious Science Writers as a social media coordinator and writer. She is the social chair on her school’s student council and is on her Model UN board. One of her favorite activities is being a Girl Scout. She is currently working on her Gold Award. Simran also likes doing karate and rock climbing. She chose to join Curious Science Writers to combine her love for writing with her passion for science.

Adwaith Hariharan
Team Editor

Adwaith Hariharan is a junior at Biotechnology High School in New Jersey. He joined the program as a writer and was invited to join the editorial team. As a STEM enthusiast, he is passionate about breaking down the barriers of complexity in science communication through effective and engaging storytelling. He’d like to master the art behind the science of making scientific information accessible to a larger range of the population. Outside of cSw, he is actively involved in scientific research, the school newspaper, trekking, traveling and increasing STEM education and inclusion in his community.

Kevin Liu
Team Editor

Kevin Liu is a junior at High Technology High School in New Jersey. This is his second year at cSw. He was a writer last year and is an editor this year. Over these past two years, he has witnessed many people fall victim to science misinformation. Kevin is passionate about disseminating easy-to-read scientific articles to combat the growth of anti-science sentiment. Besides science writing, he loves puzzle-hunting, longboarding and playing quiz bowl.

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS

Bebe Lemanowicz
Creative Team Manager

Bebe Lemanowicz is a junior at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in Pennsylvania and this is her second year with the cSw program. As co-manager of the graphic design team, she enjoys the challenge of finding and creating graphics that complement the articles well. Outside of cSw, she plays piano and guitar, along with being a part of her school’s student council, annual musical, chorale, tennis team and art club.

Daniela Benoit
Creative Team Manager

Daniela Benoit is a junior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. She is co-manager of the graphic design team for Curious Science Writers. She joined the program in hopes to learn more about how to create illustration pieces that increase understanding of the articles that go with them while keeping it informal and eye-catching.

Raunak Banerjee
Graphic Designer

Raunak Banerjee is a sophomore at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. He pursued science writing through cSw due to his passions for STEM and journalism. Raunak believes it is vital for scientists to raise awareness for modern scientific problems through effective yet concise communication. He enjoys long discussions about STEM and philosophy with his peers. In his free time, you’ll often find him playing the violin, drawing, playing soccer or tennis, and watching/reading science fiction.

Annika Singh
Graphic Designer

Annika Singh is a sophomore at Mission San Jose High School in California. This is her first year participating in cSw. She joined the program as a writer because she is passionate about science communication. She believes science should be made more accessible to the general public, and is excited to explore her interests in journalism and biology. She is also an avid reader, competitive Bollywood dancer and artist.

Audrey Yan
Graphic Designer

Audrey Yan is a junior at High Technology High School in New Jersey. This is her second year participating in cSw as a writer. She believes that by writing about science, she is not only able to learn about relevant issues but also spread information to a greater audience while simultaneously honing her communication skills. Audrey’s other interests include art, design, floristry and music.

Bernice Zhao
Graphic Designer

Bernice Zhao is a sophomore at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. Bernice is new to Curious Science Writers this year as a writer. She chose to join the program because she believes in making science communication and STEM education available and accessible to the general public. She also saw cSw as a rare opportunity to explore her interests in both creative writing and the scientific field. Outside of cSw, Bernice enjoys playing music, painting and being the co-host of a podcast.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Spencer Lyudovyk
Social Media Manager

Spencer Lyudovyk is a junior at High Technology High School in New Jersey. This is his second year with the program. He joined cSw to improve upon his researching skills and learn how to effectively write/communicate about science.

Arca Baran
Social Media Coordinator

Arca Baran is a junior from High Technology High School in New Jersey. He joined the program as a writer and is also on the social media team. He is interested in computer science, gaming, technology, and writing. Arca has a technology blog which has been running for over 6 years with over 190 thousand views. He enjoys writing and publishing his own work. He joined the program in hopes to step out of his comfort zone (writing about biology or research) in order to grow as a writer and a communicator.

Yoojin Jeong
Social Media Coordinator

Yoojin Jeong is a junior at Damascus High School in Damascus, Maryland. This is her first year at cSw as a writer and she looks forward to collaborating with her mentor and team. She chose to join the program because she aspires to expand on her writing and scientific literacy skills. She wants to ultimately incorporate the skills to any potential research/writing in the future. Outside of cSw, she is a competitive flutist and an active co-founder of a community organization to increase accessibility in STEM. In her free time, she loves to bake and read books on psychology.

Rosie Liu
Digital Content Manager

Rosie Liu is a senior at Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. She enjoys reading mystery novels, building rockets and playing quizbowl in her spare time. Her curiosity extends all throughout her daily life, where she is fascinated by new innovations to rocket launch analysis. She joined cSw for a second year in 2021 because as a budding scientific researcher, she wants to keep honing her ability to describe complex topics and to promote greater understanding between experts in different fields.

Rajveer Singh
Social Media Coordinator

Rajveer Singh is a junior at Peachtree Ridge High School in Atlanta. He is passionate about scientific literacy and wants to make science more accessible to the general public. He is intrigued by the use of model organisms to gain greater insight into diseases that are difficult to study in humans. This is why he chose his topic of writing about zebrafish and metastatic cancer. He also wants to refine his science communication skills as he pursues a career as a physician. Outside of science, he enjoys football, graphic design, politics and reading.

2020-2021 Student Staff Members

Shivani Patel | Chief Editor

Shivani Patel published her first story for cSw in 2019 and shares that “the ideal mix of writing’s creativity and science’s objectivity make writing for cSw an amazing experience.” Shivani is in her senior year at Biotechnology High School next year. She is also Co-President of her high school student government and a dedicated Girl Scout. She is a New Jersey Governor STEM Scholar and attends a science vocational school.

Lasya Balachandran | Editor

Lasya Balachandran is a senior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ, and is very excited to be an editor this year. Previously a writer for Curious Science Writers, she strongly believes in the value of conveying complex scientific concepts to the public through storytelling and looks forward to working with writers to create engaging articles. Outside of cSw, Lasya is actively involved in conducting scientific research, solving math and physics problems, and writing. She also enjoys playing for the Marlboro High School varsity tennis team, playing the viola, and hiking at national parks..

Justin Huang | Editor

Justin is a rising senior at Mason High School which is near Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a team editor for Curious Science Writers. He looks forward to learning how to publish research in an alternate, fun; and interesting way that appeals to various audiences.

Mercedes Pierce | Editor

Mercedes Pierce is a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland and is thrilled be a team editor on cSw’s 2020 editing team. Her passion for writing along with her curiosity for scientific research has developed into a love for science communications. She hopes to help break down the gate between the scientific community and non-experts. Outside of cSw, she is a sports editor for her school’s newspaper and a ballet dancer. If she isn’t writing or dancing, you may find her at a baseball game, in a political debate or watching a rom-com with friends.

Siddharth Satish | Editor

Siddharth Satish is a junior attending West Windsor Plainsboro High School North in NJ and is ecstatic to serve as a team editor. He always looks forward to reading pieces and working with writers to help them discover their own unique voice. Outside of cSw he competes in debate competitions and serves as the state president-elect for a student-led medical organization called HOSA. In the future, he plans on pursuing a degree in health economics or global health policy.

Sydney Yan | Editor

Sydney Yan is a senior from Biotechnology High School, New Jersey. She looks forward to being a team editor this year and is excited to explore science communication. Sydney believes in the importance of scientific literacy and hopes to spread scientific understanding in an engaging and approachable way. Outside of cSw, Sydney is active in many of her school’s science clubs. She enjoys playing the violin, doing physics problems, and eating hotpot in her free time. In the future, she hopes to major in biomedical engineering and enact change in her community.

Maya Hofstetter | Creative Team Manager

Maya Hofstetter is a senior at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is the Creative Team Manager for Curious Science Writers. She also works as a graphic designer and writer for the program. This is her first year with cSw, and she is thrilled to be working to communicate science with such a talented group. Outside of cSw, she works at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. as an Explainer, where she works to bring science and history to thousands of visitors. When she isn’t writing or designing you can find her outside, working in her garden.

Daniela Benoit | Graphic Designer

Daniela is a rising sophomore at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. She is one of the graphic designers for the Curious Science Writers. She joined the program in hopes to learn more about how to create illustration pieces that help benefit in the understanding of the articles that go with them while keeping it informal and eye-catching.

Bebe Lemanowicz | Graphic Designer

Bebe is a sophomore at Gwynedd Mercy Academy Highschool in Pennsylvania; and this is her first year being on the cSw program. As a part of the new graphic design team, she enjoys the challenge of finding and creating graphics that complement the articles well. Outside of cSw, she plays piano and guitar, along with being a part of her school’s student council, annual musical, chorale, tennis team, and art club.

Adwaith Hariharan | Graphic Designer

Adwaith Hariharan is a sophomore at Biotechnology High School in New Jersey. He joined the program as a writer and was invited to join the editorial team. As a STEM enthusiast, he is passionate about breaking down the barriers of complexity in science communication through effective and engaging storytelling. He’d like to master the art behind the science of making scientific information accessible to a larger range of population. Outside of cSw, he is actively involved in increasing STEM education and inclusion in his community, scientific research, school newspaper, trekking and traveling.

Karishma Goswami | Social Media Team Manager

Karishma Goswami from Monta Vista High School, California has always believed in bettering the community by spreading awareness and educating others. She is very active in youth outreach programs and gives presentations at high schools and summer camps on climate change and climate science. Furthermore, she is a social media team leader for a climate organization, where she manages their youth Instagram feed and is launching a youth section for their blog. She has also published several letters to the editor in major newspapers. She was recently invited to speak on a panel at a national climate conference as well. To hone her science communication skills further, she joined the CsW program. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis and has won multiple junior tennis championships. Outside school, you will find her spending time with her friends and family, traveling, or cooking.

Arca Baran | Social Media Coordinator

Arca is a rising sophomore from High Technology High School in New Jersey. He joined the program as a writer and is also on the social media team. He is interested in computer science, gaming, technology, and writing. Arca has a technology blog which has been runnign for over 6 years with over 190 thousand views! He enjoys writing and publishing his own work. He joined the program in hopes to step out of his comfort zone (writing about about biology or research) in order to grow as a writer and a communicator.

Simran Gohel | Social Media Coordinator

Simran is a junior at Biotechnology High School. This is her first year in Curious Science Writers as a social media coordinator and writer! She is the social chair on her school’s student council and is on her Model UN board. One of her favorite activities is being a Girl Scout. She is am currently working on her Gold Award. Simran also likes doing karate and rock climbing. She chose to join Curious Science Writers to combine her love for writing with her passion for science.

Spencer Lyudovyk | Social Media Coordinator

Spencer is a rising sophomore at High Technology High School in New Jersey. He joined the program to improve upon his researching skills and learn how to effectively write/communicate about science. He was also invited to join the social media team.

2019-2020 Student Staff Members

Sophie Zhang | Chief Editor

Sophie Zhang is a rising senior from High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ. Previously a writer and editor for Curious Science Writers, Sophie feels fortunate to be able to marry her interests in scientific research and storytelling. In the future, she hopes to major in chemical engineering and eventually open her own laboratory. In her free time, Sophie loves hiking outdoors and baking yummy treats with her siblings.

Mary Chen | Editor

Mary Chen is a senior at High Technology High School who is excited to be on the cSw team as an editor! She believes in the importance of making STEM education and pressing scientific issues accessible to the public and looks forward to helping writers effectively articulate their research. Outside of cSw, she is active in her school’s Technology Student Association, Christian fellowship, and Finance club, and enjoys volunteering at local hospices by playing the piano and singing for residents. 

Shivani Patel | Editor

I am a junior at Biotechnology High School and am excited for my second year at cSw. The ideal mix of writing’s creativity and science’s objectivity make cSw an amazing experience that I will always return to. Beyond cSw I am Co-President of my high school student government and a dedicated Girl Scout. In the realm of STEM, I am a New Jersey Governor STEM Scholar and attend a science vocational school. As a former writer for cSw, I enjoyed researching and learning the specifics of my topic. For this upcoming year, I look forward to being an editor who gets to read all the new pieces that I know my peers have have worked hard on to produce.

Macafie Bobo | Creative Team Co-Manager

My name is Macafie Bobo and I am the Creative Team manager at curiousSCIENCEwriters. I am a senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. This is my third year participating in CSW, and I have enjoyed learning about a variety of science topics as well as how to communicate these complex ideas through different forms of media. I have watched the program grow and change in my years at CSW, and hope that the new generation of writers, editors and graphic designers will gain as much as I have in their creative processes.

Aparna Kumar | Creative Team Co-Manager

Aparna Kumar is a senior at High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey. She understands the importance of conveying STEM ideas in an approachable and understandable way, and is happy to have served as a graphic designer for Curious Science Writers since her freshman year of high school. Beyond cSw, she dances Bharatanatyam (a type of classical Indian dance) and is a Girl Scout who works towards increasing STEM education in her community. In her free time, Aparna loves to read and talk about books.

Kelly Qiang | Social Media Team Co-Manager

Kelly is a senior at High Technology High School who loves to promote cSw and STEM. She hopes to use social media to raise awareness in ongoing scientific research as well as to promote the amazing articles that cSw creates. She believes in the transformational power of STEM and its growing importance in education and our daily lives.  Outside of cSw, she is actively involved in a variety of activities such as scientific research, VEX Robotics, Technology Student Association, and varsity swimming.

Erin Quinn | Web Designer & Social Media Team Co-Manager

Erin, a senior at Biotechnology High School (NJ), is excited to be back as part of the cSw team for her third year! Following years of independent web design and computer science work, she loves that she is able to put her skills to work, especially at cSw. Outside of cSw, Erin is an advocate for young students learning more about STEM, and encourages them to do research outside of the classroom to develop knowledge in their interests. Erin is also the MAS JSA Director of Technology, the President of her school’s Environmental Club, the Secretary of her class council, and the founder of her school’s Health and Fitness Club. She is so happy to be a part of cSw, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this organization!