Volunteers

Paksh Program

Jaishree Subrahmaniam

Jaishree Subrahmaniam

Developer and Lead

Being a South Asian woman myself, I am thrilled to be a part of the support system that is Lotus STEMM. The core aim of LS, which is to celebrate diversity and promote women to follow their passion for science aligns with my passion for helping women in their STEAM journeys. Thanks to LS and Dr. Roopali, I got to create a mental health support system for researchers all over the world (Paksh) to help them in their journeys navigating a STEM career! 

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Mohit Jaiswal

Technical Manager

Lotus-STEMM, as a diverse network of (and for) academics, accentuates certain fragile topics including gender bias, toxic academic atmosphere, mentor-mentee relationships, gender bias - and I believe that Project Paksh, being a relatively new and successful branch of LS, does a fantastic job of wielding all of the above. I felt, that it resonated with what I am starting to feel in research and academia, and this is only the beginning. So far, it is only my gut feeling, but I truly believe that LS is playing, and will continue to play a crucial role, in my development as an empathetic human being, and a good scientist.

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Dr. Zill-e-Anam

Coordinator

I am a PhD in Molecular Medicine presently exploring non-academic science careers. I joined Lotus STEMM to be a part of a community of South Asian Women to broaden my network and build my safe space. I do this by contributing towards and participating in the Paksh Program. I truly believe that we need to build stable, reliable, and safe mental health structures within STEMM, and hope to contribute towards this by being a part of Lotus STEMM.

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Anushree Krishnamurthy

Communication Manager

Outreach, Leadership, Networking and Research independently have been instrumental in preparing me for a journey in academia. Being the cornerstones on which LotusSTEMM stands, the opportunity to work in and be exposed to these four aspects together in the LS family is really exciting to me. Using my experience to help others achieve their goals and give back to the community that is nurturing me, is nothing short of a dream come true.

Mentorship Program

Jovita Pinto

Jovita Pinto

Developer & Lead

I joined Lotus STEMM because I believe in its mission and vision. Being a south asian myself and a minority in my profession, I can relate to the struggles of an immigrant woman trying to aspire professionally. I have a Master's and Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering.

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Shefali Chaudhary

Technical Manager

As one of the few South Asian women who decided to make Engineering a career path and from my experiences, I can relate to the mission and objectives of Lotus STEMM. Before pursuing this career, I barely knew anything about the field and what it meant to be an Engineer. I noticed that those that I could talk to were predominately male and I had not seen or met any female Engineers. I would like to change that, as well as see more South Asian women choose the Engineering field and I believe Lotus STEMM is a great platform to achieve this.

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Bhairavi Shankar

Program Advisor

I support Lotus STEMM because I believe it serves a critical purpose of providing a platform where professional South Asian women can connect, lean on, and build on the support system as they navigate the STEMM world within Canada.

Expanding Horizons

Priya Iyer

Priya Iyer

Workshop Developer

Priya Iyer is a public health professional, a freelance writer, and a proud feminist. She was born in India and lived in the middle East before immigrating to Canada. She is excited to bring her skills in project management, stakeholder engagement and communications to bring greater visibility to diverse women in STEMM.

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Celia Du

Workshop Developer

Dedicated to expanding representation and support for underrepresented and marginalized communities in science, I was naturally inclined to be part of the work that Lotus STEMM does. Everyone is so encouraging, helpful and eager to make things happen! Without Lotus STEMM, my passion for more multicultural science communication may have never been fulfilled!

Family & I Code Together Program

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Shefali Chaudhary

Technical Manager

As one of the few South Asian women who decided to make Engineering a career path and from my experiences, I can relate to the mission and objectives of Lotus STEMM. Before pursuing this career, I barely knew anything about the field and what it meant to be an Engineer. I noticed that those that I could talk to were predominately male and I had not seen or met any female Engineers. I would like to change that, as well as see more South Asian women choose the Engineering field and I believe Lotus STEMM is a great platform to achieve this.

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Jasvinder Kalra

Developer and Lead

My name is Jasvinder Kalra and I have 15 years of experience as an IT Educator and IT specialist. I have worked in various different colleges in and outside of Canada. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Masters in Information Technology and Masters in Computer Applications and Information Technology. I am highly involved in supporting women and girls in STEM through actively engaging with my daughters and other parents in robotics events and organizations where I met with Dr. Roopali. LotusSTEMM’s efforts not only inspired my daughters, but also me as we get to contribute to everyone’s passion for helping South Asian women reach their full potential.

Teach Me in 5 (Youth Program)

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Yashaswani Chauhan

Program Developer and Co-Lead

Yashaswani Chauhan is a 4th year undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. She is a passionate advocate for STEMM education and hopes to inspire creativity and mentor youth through her "Teach Me in 5" project at LS.

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Meshva Desai

Program Co-Lead

Meshva Desai will be starting her first year at University of Waterloo for Biomedical Engineering. She hopes to share her passion for science by volunteering with Lotus STEMM and the "Teach Me In 5" project.

LS-CAGIS Chapter

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Goppikka Natkunam

Chapter coordinator

Throughout my undergraduate years, I gained a passion & appreciation for science communication because I felt that the general public needed to comprehend science topics. There’s a barrier between individuals in STEM effectively communicating & delivering the science to the community which is something I strive to change as an active science communicator! As a proud South Asian Woman in STEM, Lotus STEMM sparked my interest because of their goal in spreading awareness of STEMM to the South Asian community which is currently a challenge. They focus on “outreach” as one of their main objectives which I knew I was passionate in to support to ensure young South Asian girls can pursue STEMM careers knowing that they have role models that look just like them excelling in the field! At Lotus STEMM, I want to change the traditional faiths society has set for South Asian women & allow us to stand on our own two feet & pursue a career we are passionate in like STEMM!

The Pond Sessions

C M Manasvi

C M Manasvi

The Pond Project Lead

I'm a curious lover of all things science and I'm delighted to be a part of lotus stemm. Lotus stemm is a wonderful platform that encourages females to go beyond their limits with the support of South Asian female mentors. Let's grow together !

Research Team

Hafsa Omer

Hafsa Omer

By fostering an environment that allows for young female students to be introduced to science communication and research, Lotus STEMM will only give those individuals that much more of a reason to pursue rewarding opportunities.

Suffia Malik

Suffia Malik

I support Lotus STEMM because I want to help grow a network of South Asian women leaders and encourage young women to pursue their dreams in STEMM.

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Zeba Rizvi

I joined Lotus STEMM as a South Asian woman looking for a supportive community as I begin my academic journey in science. What I found was an opportunity to make a real impact, an amazing research team of motivated women, and incredible support/mentorship from Dr. Chaudhary. This organization gives young women interested in science the space and opportunity to thrive and I am so happy to be a part of these efforts!

Sowmithree Ragothaman

Sowmithree Ragothaman

I joined Lotus STEMM initially as a confused third-year university student seeking a mentor within the South Asian community. As an immigrant, I've often found navigating the post-secondary system difficult, especially as my family has little knowledge about my field of study. I was hoping to find someone who had been in my shoes before, and would be willing to both guide and challenge me. I was lucky to find that in Dr. Chaudhary, who's been a hugely positive influence in my life. I'm looking forward to helping this organization grow so that other South Asian girls in my situation can find a safe, welcoming space!

Tiffany Chen

Tiffany Chen

I joined Lotus STEMM to support girls and young women in STEMM fields to redefine gender stereotypes and break unconscious biases. I'm very excited to be working alongside an amazing group of individuals to advocate for women of colour and reduce the STEMM gender gap.

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Zahra Abdallah

More than ever, we are witnessing the importance of advocating for equity and respect when facing injustice. I joined lotus stemm to support young women and girls who not only aspire to work in stemm, but hope to create a lasting impact in this field. Along with my wonderful colleagues, I am looking forward to challenging the existing barriers and creating opportunities for women of colour to flourish and succeed in this field