Board Members of 2017–2018

Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) is one organization made up of two chapters – one at the Morningside (116th) campus and one at the CUMC (168th) campus. The purpose of having two chapters that share a mission and have many similar events is to make it convenient for members to attend events on the campus closer to school or home. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend events on either or both campuses.

Each WISC chapter has its own board and contact information.  To get more involved in WISC, please see the information outlined below.


Co-Presidents: Maryam MajeedYaqiong Chen

Contact the WISC–Morningside Board at

Vice President
Bita Alaghebandan
Yaqiong Chen
Communications Chair
Elena Carazo Arias
Alumni Relations Chair
Nicole Benvin
Ask-a-Professor Series Chair
Catherine O’Keeffe
Digital Content Chair Natasha Yamane
Marketing/Social Media Chair Lorelei Curtin
Networking Chair Neha Savant
Graduate Research Symposium Bita Alaghebandan, Megan Goldring,
Yinglu Zhang
Fellowship Workshops Olivia Clifton
Undergraduate Mentoring Maria Gnarra
Post-Doc Liaisons Sonal Patel, Danielle M. Tufts
Manhattanville Post-Doc Liaison Lenzie Ford
Curiosity Machine Alyssa Manz, Dilek Coskun
Girls’ Science Day Bridgit Boulahanis, Kira Olsen, Sowmya Sundaresh, Lauren Yablon
Science Saturday Starters Felisa Shai Conrad-Burton, Gillie Tova Ben-Chorin, Cassie Gail Meeker
Professional Development Chair Siyu Liu

Want to get involved and apply for an open position? Fill out our online application, or email us at for more information.


Co-Presidents: Ruth Singer, Claudia Becerra

Contact the WISC–CUMC Board at

Networking Chair Meghan Pantalia
Outreach Chair Elise Flynn
Academic Career Development Chair Sudhandra Sundaram
Professional Career Development Chair Lekha Nair
Skills Development Chair James Chen

Want to get involved and apply for an open position on the CUMC Board? Fill out our online application, or email us at for more information.