Meet our 2019-2020 Leadership Board!
PRESIDENT: JULIA DEPILLO
Hi! My name is Julia DePillo and I am a third year student majoring in biochemistry and minoring in philosophy and MicroBio. When I’m not studying in Starbucks I love to sing and play guitar, take and develop photos, travel the world, and adventure with my friends. Some of my favorite adventures have taken me hiking around Iceland, looking for ghosts in Savannah, Georgia, and eating dinner in one of the top restaurants in the world. I joined WSS my first semester at SDSU because I wanted to be more involved in college than I was in high school. I moved from New Jersey to come to SDSU and thought WSS would be a great way to meet new people and get involved on campus. I soon became very involved in WSS as both apart of the Leadership Team for the SDSU Chapter and then the Executive Assistant for the Parent. I am also the first person in my family to major in STEM so WSS has been a great support system for me. I want to help other women with STEM majors feel like they have a group of people they can always rely on.
VICE PRESIDENT: NATALIE BENSON
Hey lovely ladies! My name is Natalie Benson and I am a third year chemistry major with an emphasis in biochemistry and a biology minor. I hope to someday become a genetic counselor and give people control over what has previously been deemed out of their control. If I am not in class or studying in our study room, you can most likely catch me listening to music while drawing, writing, or daydreaming. I grew up in a very small town in Minnesota and moved to San Diego for the experience and, of course, the weather. Science stole my heart at a very young age and not many people could relate to my love. My friend told me about WSS fall semester of my sophomore year and I thought I’d give it a shot. Ever since I joined it feels like I have finally found my people after years of searching and let me tell you it is such a beautiful feeling. WSS has been nothing short of wonderful to me by providing opportunities I cannot get anywhere else, making new connections, as well as helping me grow as an individual.
TREASURER: JEWEL MOLLET
Hey! My name is Jewel Mollet and I’m a third year still trying to find her path! Right now I’m double majoring in Kinesiology and Biology. Both my grandma and my grandpa were STEM majors of some sort so my love for science started at an early age! If I’m not in class, chances are you can find me in the library or napping!
Aside from that, I’m a Netflix junkie who could always use some suggestions on new TV Shows to binge watch because I’ve nearly watched them all! I’m from the beach areas of LA, so it’s no doubt I picked a school where I could drive 15 minutes to go spend my times and study at the beach.
Joining WSS has shown me all the different ways in which I could find my true path in life. I’ve met so many inspiring women that have shown me that even though it seems like everyone has it together, it’s okay to still be confused and unsure when it comes to certain decisions in life. Never in a million years would I have been able to find out about the numerous possibilities I put forth for myself without the help of WSS and all the inspiring women in it. Aside from the networking and advice I’ve gained, I’ve found more self growth in the past 2 years of my life than I have in my entire life together. This growth stems directly from having such an amazing support system I found in WSS!
PUBLIC RELATIONS: KATIE GLIBAS
Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I am the Director of PR for WSS. I am currently a 4th year biology major with no minor (yet). If I'm not in class, or in the library, I'm probably spending time with my friends exploring San Diego and everything is has to offer (this of course includes the beach).
I have volunteered with the visually impaired and in physical therapy clinics, but am soon hoping to get involved with research. I am currently on the pre-med track but my mind is always wondering (whos isn't?).
Joining WSS might have been one of the best things I could have done as a college student. This society makes me feel proud to be a woman in STEM. This club has given me mentors and friends who help me through the tough times that come with being in such a difficult and demanding field. WSS presented me with passion and ambition to learn more about science, not only academically, but outside of class as well. Being inspired to be more involved, I feel more empowered as a woman and student and I want to be able to lead other woman to feel the same.
PR COMMITTEE: MY HOANG
Hi! My name is My Hoang and I am a second year Interdisciplinary (Biology, Public Health, Psychology) major & in the Webers Honors College from San Jose. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I’m volunteering at the Fit Clinic, watching Grey’s Anatomy, shooting photos, or listening to Frank Ocean, Amy Winehouse, or Queen. I am also an Assistant Teacher for Engineering for Kids. I am super excited to be interning at Scripps this summer of 2019! I am volunteering in Dr. Oren's lab at SDSU as well. I joined WSS because of the strong and smart women in this organization that made me feel like I could achieve anything. I hope to help women feel confident enough to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities in STEM.
EVENTS COORDINATOR: MAKENNA MAY
Hey Ladies! My name is Makenna May. I’m a 3rd year Foods and Nutrition major emphasizing premedical studies. I am not pursuing any minors, but dedicating my time to resume building and preparing for med-school keeps me plenty busy (amiright). Outside of WSS I’m a member of SDSU Pre-SOMA (students of osteopathic medicine association) and Flying Samaritans, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Baweja’s Neuroplasticity and Neuromechanics lab, and a regular volunteer at Feeding San Diego. I absolutely love all of my extra-curricular activities and can talk about them for days, so if you have any interest feel free to talk to me. I’ll keep my answers short! In my very small amount of free time I like to take advantage of the beautiful San Diego outdoors. I love hiking, yoga, beach volleyball, and cooking. You could say I’m a “jack of all trades but master of none” because I’m always getting into new hobbies and interests. My wide array of passions led me to pursue a career in global medicine. I dream of one day providing healthcare and education to women and girls in underserved countries. I joined WSS originally to become more involved on campus, and connect with other young women on similar career paths, but it became much more than that to me. WSS is a safe haven, a source of common ground and friendship, and is full of career shaping opportunities. As a member of leadership I hope to continue the deep connection between members of our organization, and foster the growth and success of young women pursuing science careers both academically and personally.
EVENTS SCHEDULE COORDINATOR: NATALIE MOGHADAM
Hi! My name is Natalie Moghadam and I am a third year Biology major. I am on the pre-med path, hoping to one day become a pediatric cardiologist or pulmonologist. Apart from science, I am super passionate about music and all things Disney. If I’m not in class or cramming in the library, you will find me singing at a piano or strolling through Disneyland. I also love to travel with my family and visit new, local food places with my friends. I joined WSS the first semester of my freshman year because I was looking for a way to get involved on campus while pursuing what I love and meeting other girls with similar interests. It proved to be very beneficial because I have learned so much from WSS and have made many connections with other students and faculty that I would not have been able to make on my own. By serving on leadership I hope to inspire other members and show them all the excitement of being a woman in the scientific community while encouraging them to gain success through hardship.
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR: CHRISTINE GOTTHARDT
Hey ladies! My name is Christine Gotthardt and I am a third-year student here at SDSU. I am majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology and minoring in Honors Interdisciplinary Studies. I plan on going to medical school—possibly in the military—to pursue a career in pediatric oncology. I am a born and raised So-Cal girl, and spend equal amounts of time here in San Diego and back home in Los Angeles. Despite this, I still love going to the mountains to ski and snowshoe in the winter and waterski and paddleboard during the summer. I am a trained Bollywood and African dancer, so if you ever want to compare studio schedules or odd injuries hit me up! My other involvements on campus include Greek Life, Girl Scout outreach, and working at the Garden. I joined WSS because my best friend told me that I might like it, and I am forever grateful for her and for this organization. Women in Science Society is truly the support group that I never knew I needed, and I cannot tell you how proud and blessed I am to serve this community as a member of leadership. I hope that I can help you all to get the absolute most out of this organization, and that you will be able to honestly look back and say that it changed you in some way. As such, if you ever need someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, or feel as if you are not connecting with the organization in the way you would like to, I am always available to you and would love to help. I am so looking forward to an incredible semester with each and every one of you!
FACULTY SPONSOR: REBECCA LEWISON, PHD
Rebecca Lewison is a professor of Biology and serves as the Chair for Research and Scholarly Excellence for the Division of Diversity and Innovation at San Diego State University. Her research is at the vanguard of innovating applied conservation science as it relates to resource and land use, developing actionable science in partnership with practitioners and policy makers. Dr. Lewison’s research focuses on the impact of resource and land use on vulnerable wildlife populations that face pressing conservation challenges, in both terrestrial and marine environments. Her projects also explore coupled human-natural populations and systems around the world. What unites the research is a common focus - understanding the complex relationships between human and ecological processes using innovative field, quantitative and lab-based approaches to advance applied conservation science. Dr. Lewison’s diverse research portfolio receives funding from NASA, the National Science Foundation, as well as Federal, State and local resource and land management agencies. In addition to her ecological research, Dr. Lewison has been leading efforts to support diversity, inclusion and excellence in the academy. She serves as a co-PI on a UC-CSU collaborative NSF ADVANCE award “Center for Research, Excellence, and Diversity in Team Science (CREDITS)” and leads several initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, innovation and excellence at SDSU.