Adhwita Gopi Selvan
Founder & Co-President
Adhwita is a freshman at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is majoring in Computer Science + Education: Learning Sciences, BS. This blended major allows her to pursue her dreams of continuing to create/utilize technology to change STEM education for youth globally. She is also minoring in business, focusing on entrepreneurship to help grow this nonprofit and be a leader in EdTech startups! During her initial semester, Adhwita stepped into the world of consulting. She joined Illinois Business Consulting at the university, engaging in a project that reforms a national defense organization's hiring, onboarding, and mentoring processes. Additionally, her dedication to the intersection of education and technology earned her the CS Hero award, recognizing her significant contributions to national EdTech initiatives. Furthermore, Adhwita is active in tech circles, participating in groups like the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the UIUC Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Lastly, she engages in EdTech research under Professor Angrave. Currently, she is working on revamping platforms like Canvas and Class Transcribe through research and programming. This work involves extensive research, including primary and secondary studies with students on the autism spectrum, and incorporates elements of user interface design, machine learning, and programming, particularly in React. Outside college, Adhwita's passion for STEM education extends to dedicating her free time to running this nonprofit organization. She is also an accomplished dancer, trained in various world dance forms, including Indian Classical Dance, a discipline she has honed over the past 12 years. Her talents in dance have even led to her participation in a UNESCO project. Additionally, she takes pride in her individual projects like app development, as well as investing and managing her own stock market portfolio. Adhwita is enthusiastic about blending her academic pursuits with her ongoing commitment to Inspire Curiosity. She takes immense pride in the growth and achievements of Inspire Curiosity over the past three years and can't wait to see how it continues to evolve.
Raelynn is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania. While her major is currently undecided, she is exploring Penn's Cognitive Science and Data Science programs. In high school, Raelynn was the recipient of the Williams College Book Award for her "intellectual leadership" and "contribution to the extracurricular life of her school." She was the co-president of Science Olympiad and a member of Hopewell Valley's National Honor Society chapter. Raelynn was also recognized as an AP Scholar with Distinction for earning scores of 5 on Physics 1, US History, Biology, Calculus AB, English Literature & Composition, Drawing, Chemistry, US Government & Politics, and Statistics exams. Previously, Raelynn has interned at Princeton University's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She researched lung branching morphogenesis, learned how to dissect and culture embryonic chicken lungs, and used image analysis software (ImageJ) to gather data and aid in developing a novel culturing system. In her free time, Raelynn loves painting and playing tennis. She has been taking visual art classes for the past 12 years and played on the varsity tennis team for Hopewell Valley.