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Academic Year 2021-2022
Undergraduate Chair: Rina Nagatani
Undergraduate Vice Chair: David Kato
Graduate Chair: Yao Qi
Graduate Vice Chair: Aishwarya Pawar
Rina is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, planning on majoring in biochemistry. She was born and raised in Japan, and was enrolled in an international school in Aichi Prefecture. Outside of school, she swims on UPenn's varsity team, and love to play/perform music.
Being the NHS president and the student council communications director during high school, she talked to many international students and worked to nurture a welcoming environment, and would like to continue doing so by joining ISAB. She is looking forward to working with ISAB to encourage a positive setting where everyone can reach their full potential, personally and professionally.
David is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn from Rwanda. David is intending to major in Neuroscience, but aside from that he is interested in other forms of Academia ranging from political sciences, international relations to philosophy and ethics and loves engaging in or listening to conversations centered around these knowledge domains. David enjoys volunteering and staying engaged in the community. When relaxing, David likes spending time with friends, listening to music, or visiting a nearby cake shop.
Yao Qi is a third-year dental student at Penn Dental Medicine. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and finished her college degree in Neuroscience at Duke University. As an international dental student, she has faced some unique challenges because of the lack of information and companionship. Outside of school, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, biking, and traveling. As an ISAB member, she is aiming to help international students with similar backgrounds to improve their experience and thrive in their career, as well as encouraging a positive and supportive environment at Penn for all international students to feel welcomed to their new home.
Aishwarya is a third-year PhD candidate in the Cell and Molecular Biology program under Biomedical Graduate Studies. She was born in India and was brought up in multiple cities across the country. She joined Penn for a Masters at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences after going to college in Pune, India.
Aishwarya is currently a student representative for her graduate group in BGS, a writer and editor for her program newsletter, and a peer mentor for URM undergraduates. As an ISAB member, she wants to help international students build a vibrant community and a second home at Penn. In her free time (a rarity) Aishwarya likes (loves) to read, solve puzzles, and binge-watch true crime shows on Netflix.
Kimberly grew up in rural Jamaica, WI, before migrating to the United States to pursue a higher education. After graduating college, she worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where she developed a keen interest in molecular imaging. She is now a PhD candidate, at the School of Medicine, developing probes for a similar purpose in the lab. Throughout her training, she’s crossed paths with foreigners from various cultural and educational backgrounds who have faced similar struggles while pursuing their careers in the United States. As a result, in addition to her passion for helping to foster a home away from home for international students at Penn, she’s also interested in helping them accomplish their dreams and aspirations, academically and professionally, in a system fraught with challenges and limitations. In her free time, she draws, sings, propagates plants, hikes, runs, and enjoys the great outdoors.
Gergely is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences planning to major in Economics. He was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary, however, he also studied at a boarding school in Pittsburgh. Gergely has attended various international conferences (for debating and Model UN) so he has experienced the positive impact a strong international community has. He is committed to making sure that all international students at Penn are successful while having a great time. He would especially like to address issues that first generation low-income international students face. Outside of school, Gergely is passionate about all things water-sport related, having been a competitive kayaker himself. He also enjoys listening to all kinds of music from classical through pop to rap, and would never turn down a good Netflix marathon.