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McKenzie Davis

Hi everyone! My name is McKenzie and I’m a rising junior studying bioengineering. My hometown is Bethesda, Maryland (right outside of Washington, DC). On campus, I’m the Vice President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Vice President of the Underrepresented Student Advisory Board in Engineering, and Equity and Access Chair for the Kite and Key Society (if you took a campus tour, maybe you saw me :)). I’m a member of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (one of the 6 branches of Penn Student Government) and Alpha Omega Epsilon (a STEM sorority). I also do research with babies in the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab and tutor! At Penn, I love cooking, trying new restaurants with friends, and working out at Pottruck (on-campus gym), but I really love traveling whenever I can. I’m super excited to meet you all this summer, and please feel free to reach out about anything at all!

Ciara Jacobs

Hi! My name is Ciara, and I am a rising senior in CBE with a concentration in Pharmaceutics & Biotechnology and a minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Throughout my time at Penn, I have been a member of a variety of student groups. I am the current president of Penn Engineering Council, the pre-professional branch of the Engineering student government Quad-Board. I am also the social chair of Hexagon Senior Society, was previously on the Society of Women Engineers community development committee, and am involved in greek life. Outside of the classroom and extracurriculars, I am involved in research in Dr. Bomyi Lim’s lab. I also love to cook and bake, try new coffee shops, and work out (especially running on the Schuylkill river trail and lifting weights at Pottruck!). I am thinking about applying to grad school next year to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering, with the end goal of working in pharmaceutical research and development.

Sarah Zhang

Hello! I’m Sarah, and I’m a sophomore studying CIS and Chemistry. I first came into Penn as a CBE major and ultimately switched over to CIS after my freshman year. On campus, I do research on water desalination with Dr. Francisco; I am also a TA for an introductory level CIS course. So, I have advice on how to efficiently explore the different ways to explore your interests at Penn. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Philly, and I am always looking for new food and experiences to try. As someone from the Philadelphia suburbs, I know many of the best restaurants and places to go throughout the city and the surrounding areas.

Yerahm Hong

Hello! My name is Yerahm and I am a rising sophomore studying Bioengineering. I was born in South Korea but immigrated to Athens, Georgia where I’ve spent most of my life. I’m interested in a lot of things- neuroscience, languages (Spanish, Korean), research, gymming/running, music (violin, singing), and dialogue across interdisciplinary fields, just to name a few! I’m currently pursuing the pre-medical/pre-health track and am involved in a variety of on-campus activities including epilepsy research at the Children’s Hospital (CHOP), Penn Med Symphony Orchestra, chamber music, Penn Pre-Dental Society, Penn American Red Cross Club, Penn Civic Scholars, and the SNF Paideia Program. During my freshman year, I lived in Kings Court English House in the Science and Technology Wing (STWing) program community and absolutely loved my experience there. I also did the PennArts pre-orientation program, and I’d be happy to chat with you guys about any of my experiences. Excited to meet you all!

Marissa Teitelbaum

Hi everyone! My name is Marissa and I am a rising junior from New Jersey majoring in mechanical engineering (MEAM) with a minor in both Math and Engineering Entrepreneurship. On campus I am involved in Penn Electric Racing as the Rev9 accumulator (battery pack) lead of the mechanical subteam, secretary of the Penn chapter of ASME, board member of Women in MEAM, and am also involved in Penn Hillel. Before coming to Penn, I went to High Technology High School (a public engineering magnet school) and I participated in the Pennacle pre-orientation program. As a freshman, I lived in Ware College House in the Quad really enjoyed it. This year I will be an RA in Kings Court as part of the STWing program community. This summer I am doing engineering research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Outside of school I enjoy baking and gardening, as well as all things Disney and Marvel. I am looking forward to meeting all of you and feel free to reach out with any questions!

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