The National Undergraduate Consortium on Scientific Journalism was founded by Arya Rao and Isabella Leite in 2020. Our primary mission is to create dialogue between undergraduate research journals regarding ethics, research practice, and our role in the dissemination of science. As the largest network of its kind, NUCSJ also leverages its platform to support the next generation of student-scientists and work towards a more equitable future for science journalism. Learn more about our leadership team below!
Shloka V. Janapaty studies applied mathematics and geoscience at Columbia University, where she also sits on the executive board of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal. A native of Almaden Valley, California, she models terrestrial ecosystems within the context of climate change.
Rohan Nigam studies molecular and cellular biology at Vanderbilt University, where he is the treasurer for the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal. Born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, Rohan conducts critical care research specifically within the context of surgical interventions and neurological injuries.
Davis H. Smith studies biochemistry and mathematics at Columbia University, where he is also an associate editor for the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal. He is interested in biotechnology and its applications within cancer research. Davis was born and raised in northwestern Montana.
Shamel Basaria studies neuroscience and psychology at Vanderbilt University, where he is also secretary for the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Science Journal. He is interested in immunology, specifically infectious disease research. He lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia.
Taylor Ginieczki studies International Relations and Romance languages at the University of Oregon, where she is Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, her research interests include U.S. foreign policy, conflict studies, and nuclear issues. She is particularly inter
Taylor Ginieczki studies International Relations and Romance languages at the University of Oregon, where she is Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, her research interests include U.S. foreign policy, conflict studies, and nuclear issues. She is particularly interested in integrating academic knowledge about geopolitical security into public consciousness and government policy.
Arya Rao is a senior at Columbia University studying Biochemistry and Computer Science. Originally from Big Rapids, Michigan, Arya aims to increase access to science education and promote scientific literacy, especially in rural areas like her hometown. As the founder and first President of NUCSJ, Arya spearheaded the Consortium’s first annual conference.
Aditi Goyal is a fourth-year at UC Davis completing a double major in Genetics and Statistics. She serves as the Editor in Chief of her home journal, the Aggie Transcript, an undergraduate life sciences journal. Aditi is an undergraduate researcher in two labs, and plans to pursue a career in bioinformatics and data science.
Danny Ha, Georgetown Scientific Research Journal
Dave Banerjee, Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal
Giselle Rasquinha, Georgetown Scientific Research Journal
Kyla Schmitt, Oregon Undergraduate Research Journal
La Rissa Vasquez, The Aggie Transcript
Mirabel Sprague Burleson, The Aggie Transcript
Pragnya Adapa, Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal
Sarah Beaudoin, Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal
Shriti Parajuli, Stanford Intersect
Theodore Lowell, Arizona Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies
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