Sina Famenini, President
Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Minor: Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate Research Assistant: UCLA Department of Human Genetics, Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC): Student Wellness Commission, Colleges Against Cancer
Hobbies: I have recently started trading stocks and commidities as a way to educate myself about the US and global markets and gain valuable skills for future investments.
I love staying up to date on current events and world politics. Therefore, I am an avid reader of Popular Science, NY Times, and Foreign Policy Magazines. Plus, I listen to NPR when I am working in lab.
I like reading good fiction and non-fiction works.
Career Goals: Still consdering my options but most likely M.D. (maybe with an MBA) and specialize in Oncology or Neurology.
Favorite Quote: “An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.” ― O.A. Battista
Favorite book: CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
Favorite Movie: Inception
Erfan Faridmoayer, Vice President
Hometown: Esfahan, Iran
Major: Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology Minor: Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Extracurricular Activities: Research Assistant (Smith Lab, David Geffen School of Medicine); Research Associate (Student stroke Team, UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital); President (Shot at Life UCLA Chapter); Senior Editor (The Generation Online Foreign Affairs Magazine); Director (Academic Enrichment Committee - Alumni Scholars Club); Vice President (Golden Key International Honour Society)
Hobbies: Swimming, Shotokan Karate, watching movies with friends, playing the piano, and finding new ways to solve my Rubik's Cube.
Greatest Accomplishment: Having the privilege to attend UCLA with an Alumni Scholarship.
Career Goals: Medicine and Research
Favorite Quote: "I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And along the way, lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
Luis Argelis Gonzalez Samot, Treasurer
Hometown: Isabela, Puerto Rico
Minor: Urban Planning
Extracurricular Activities: Center for Community College Partnerships
Veterans Resource Center
Hobbies: Playing guitar
Greatest Accomplishment: Getting into UCLA coming from a non traditional background. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, I enlisted in the US Air Force after high school, then I went to community college in Northern California, and finally landed in UCLA.
Career Goals: Entrepreneurship, and government advising. I am planning to transform a family owned business into self sustained vacationing villas. Also, along with an associate, I am currently learning about the production and exportation processes of Puerto Rican specialty coffee with aspirations to start our own company. On the government advising side, I aspire to be involved in Puerto Rico's decision making regarding urban development and policy.
Favorite Quote: "Knowing is not enough; we must apply.
Willing is not enough; we must do."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Melanie Lim, Secretary
Hometown: Stockton, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Public Relations Officer for United Khmer Students, research (ADHD Lab with Dr. Steve Lee), active member of Phi Delta Epsilon, and new member of Flying Samaritans.
Hobbies: Dancing, working out, and trying new foods.
Greatest Accomplishment: In process...
Career Goals: Healthcare
Regi Nguyen, Co-Chair
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Major: Physiological Science Minors: Biomedical Research Minor
Extracurricular Activities: UCLA Mobile Clinic Project - Operations Coordinator; UCLA Global Brigades - Education Chair; Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity - Secretary; SWC Aids Awareness - Co-Director; College Academic Counseling - ASK Peer Counselor; Crosbie - Watson Lab - Research Assistant; UCLA Unicamp - Unicorps Advisor; Care Extender Internship Program - Volunteer; Fellowship for International Service and Health - Marketing Associate
Hobbies: Working out, hanging out with friends, listening to music, going on adventures!
Greatest Accomplishment: Being admitted into UCLA
Career Goals: Physician
Favorite Quote: “There are three types of people in this world. First, there are people who make things happen. Then there are people who watch things happen. Lastly, there are people who ask, what happened? Which do you want to be? - Steve Backley
Alumni Relations Committee
Matt Bassinger, Co-Chair
Hometown: Poway, CA
Major: Human Biology and Society (B.S.) and Physiological Science (B.S.)
Extracurricular activities: Resident Assistant for UCLA ResLife, Research in the Department of Liver Surgery and Transplant, Research in Emergency Medicine, External Campus Volunteers Director of the Alumni Scholars Club
Hobbies: Skiing, surfing, backpacking, rock climbing
Greatest accomplishment: Being at the greatest school on planet Earth (UCLA) with an Alumni Scholarship and enjoying every minute of it!
Career goals: Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Favorite quote: "To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life." -Motto of Life Magazine
Hometown: Carson, CA
Major: Psychology & French (Specialization: Literature and Culture)
Extracurricular Activities: Peer Advisor for Xinachtli Higher Education Access Project, Community Service Chair for Hermanos Unidos de UCLA, Officer for Le Cercle Francophone
Hobbies: Horror, Romance, and French films; Dancing; Singing; Rock Music; Traveling to new places; "The Office"; Reading; Writing
Greatest Accomplishment: National Forensic League California State Qualifier; Becoming fluent in French; Coming to UCLA!
Career Goals: Human Resources Manager some day!
Favorite Quote: "Before I do anything I ask myself, 'Would an idiot do that?' And if the answer is yes, I do not do that thing." -Dwight from "The Office"
Communications and Publicity
Donya Enayati, Co-Director of Communications
Hometown: Beverly Hills, California
Major: Life Sciences
Extracurricular Activities: UCLA Student Stroke Force, Pre-Medical Peer Association, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Bruin Club Tennis, ACEing Autism, Alumni Scholars Club, Golden Key Honor Society
Hobbies: Playing tennis, exploring diverse cultures abroad, learning new languages, photography, watching international soccer, and discovering new music in vinyl record stores
Greatest Accomplishment: Being granted the opportunity to attend the school of my dreams with an Alumni Scholarship
Career Goals: Having the privilege to serve my community through public health awareness and the practice of medicine
Favorite Quote: "There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." - Nelson Mandela
Community Service Committee
Shannon Lassiter, Co-Chair
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: History & Political Science
Extracurricular Activities: Resident Assistant w/ Office of Residential Life
Fundraising Director w/ Bruin Belles Service Association
Hobbies: Hiking, Adventuring, Eating, Reading
Career Goals: History Professor
Favorite Quote: "And though she be but little, she is fierce." - William Shakespeare
Jonathan Tang, Fundraising Co-Chair
Hometown: West Covina, CA
Extracurricular activities: Finance Director/Site Coordinator, Together Education and Advocating Community Health (TEACH); Project Venice Director, Medical Experience through Service in Healthcare (MESH); Caseworker, Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA; Emergency Medicine Research Associates; Research Assistant under Dr. James Byrne (Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology); UCLA Undergraduate Research Fellows Program (URFP); CORPS Advisor, UCLA Unicamp; Instructor, CPR/First Aid Program; Tennis Instructor, UCLA Recreation; Alumni Relations Coordinator, Alumni Scholars Club.
Hobbies: Going to the gym, playing basketball, playing tennis, hiking, eating (especially all-you-can-eat), going on spontaneous adventures, traveling, staying in bed with a movie all day, singing with my favorite songs on the car or the shower.
Greatest accomplishment: In progress!
Career Goals: Becoming a physician and surrounding myself with family and friends.
Favorite quote: "Accept challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory." - George S. Patton
Jason Kessler, Fundraising Co-Chair
Hometown: Pleasonton, CA
Extracurricular Activities: Emergency Medical Technician Driver/Attendant, Americare Ambulance Services; Standby Medic for Pop Warner Youth Football, California Medical; Public Relations Chair, CPR/First Aid Instructor; Facilities Director, Student Wellness Commission; UCLA Men's Varsity Rowing Team; Neuroscience Departmental Honors Research Position, Opthamalogy, Jules and Doris Stein Eye Research Institutes; Care Extenders Internship; Watts Tutoring Program; Furnish the Homeless Volunteer; Floater, UCLA Health System; Review Board, Undergraduate Science Journal; Asian Pacific Health Corps
Hobbies: Fraternizing with girls; Working out; Basketball; Racquetball; Sleeping
Greatest Accomplishment: TBD
Career Goals: Chief Brain-Surgeon/Research in Neuro-oncology
Favorite Quote: "Always borrow money from a pessimist. He won't expect it back" - Oscar Wilde
Historian & Webmaster
Jasleen Bains, Historian
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Major: Political Science and Global Studies
Extracurricular Activities: United Nations Youth Association - President, United States National Committee for UN Women - Greater Los Angeles Chapter - intern, Sikh Student Association - finance director, Human Rights Watch - intern, United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee - intern, United States Mission to the United Nations: Economic Development intern, Undergraduate Student Association Council - Programming Director, General Representative 3, United States Military Staff Committee to the United Nations- intern, Young Americans for Liberty - secretary
Hobbies: fashion, traveling, tabla, eating delicious food, human rights advocacy, reading philosophy, dancing
Greatest Accomplishment: Leading the Mine Action resolution at the United Nations and winning a pizza eating contest
Career Goals: Housewife, kidding - I want to be a Peacekeeping Humanitarian Adviser to protect civilians in conflict.
Favorite Quote: Live your dreams, because if you don't...
Cat Wang, Webmaster
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Post Office Express Supervisor, CPR & First Aid instructor, CPR & First Aid Staff Member, Ronald Reagan Medical Center Volunteer, Student Research Assistant at Semel Institute of Neuroscience, LS23L UA, Total Wellness Writer, Coaching Corps Coach, APLL PLF
Hobbies: eating, sleeping, running, playing sports, going on adventures, being around loved ones
Greatest Accomplishment: In progress
Career Goals: Physician
Favorite Quote: "Life's a b*tch. You've got to go out and kick ass." - Maya Angelou
Hayoung Youn, Co-Chair
Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: Mortar Board Honor Society, UCLA Chamber Orchestra Ensemble, Global Medical Training at UCLA Medical Donations Committee Chair, Care Extenders Intern, Volunteer Musician at Ronald Reagan, Tecate Eye Clinic, Organic Chemistry Research Lab, Student Wellness Commission (Health, Nutrition, and Fitness), American Medical Student Association, and Blogger for UCLA Admissions Life Blog.
Hobbies: Swimming, running, hiking, looking for cute cafes and yummy eateries, drinking boba; basically exercising and eating
Greatest Accomplishment: Going to Nicaragua and solidifying my goal of becoming a doctor.
Career Goal: Physician
Favorite Quote: "Optimism is the faith that leads to accomplishment. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." Helen Keller
Daniel Baghdasarian, Selections Co-Chair
Hometown: Glendale, CA
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Minor: Asian Humanities, Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Assessing Resident Ci-CARE: Pediatrics Intern; Phi Delta Epsilon Internal Medical Fraternity: Vice President of Programming (2014-2015); Bioethics Brigades: Secretary (2014-2015); Free Arts for Abused Children; Pasadena Summer Chamber Orchestra; UCLA Symphony; Armenian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR); Undergraduate Researcher Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Department (Segura Lab)
Hobbies: Music, art, painting, tennis, shopping, anything involving the outdoors (I was a scout for 12 years), watching movies, reading (favorite authors Haruki Murakami and Neil Gaiman), fine dining & breathing, exploring LA, street art
Greatest Accomplishment: To be determined...
Career Goals: Physician-Researcher
Favorite Quote: "In vino veritas" - Gaius Plinius Secundus
Rochelle Wong, Selections Co-Chair
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Major // Minor: Biochemistry // Theater
Extracurricular Activities: Delta Delta Delta Sorority, ARC Medical Program, Happy Feet Clinic, UCLA Club Golf
Hobbies: Photography (aka sad attempts to take artsy photos with an iPhone), Golf (exercising), Netflix (procrastination), Watching musicals (wishing I could sing as well as they could)
Greatest Accomplishment: Being one of the Top 100 CIF Individual Girls Golf Players in the CA Southern Section
Career Goals: Doctor - I'm on my way to medical school next year!
Favorite Quote: "You can do it!" - Mom & Dad
Laura Lei, Orientation Chair
Hometown: West Jills, Los Angeles
Major: Business Economics and Statistics
Extracurricular Activities: Nourish International, Mortarboard
Hobbies: Freestyle Dance, Too Much Karaoke, Too Much Food, Strategy Games
Greatest Accomplishment: Academic Decathlon Champion
Career Goals: If I had a fairy godmother to grant all my wishes, I would do consulting. As it is, I can only submit apps and pray.
Favorite Quote: “With great power…comes great need to take a nap. Wake me up later."
Rina Kim, Co-Chair
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Major: Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate Researcher in Dr. Kent Hill's Lab; Co-President, Founding Board: ex- Internal Vice President: Flying Samaritans at UCLA; Flutist: Professor Gary Gray's Chamber Ensemble; UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholar; Whitcome Fellow; APA Alumni Scholar; Korean Honor Consulate General Scholar; ex-TEACH intern
Hobbies: origami, playing flute and piano, singing and dancing in the car, socializing with close friends and trying out new restaurants and being adventurous!
Greatest Accomplishment: becoming optimistic and compassionate about life, the world, and the people.
Career Goals: MD/PhD, MPH, possibly an MBA. Becoming a physician-scientist specializing in infectious diseases and surgery. Becoming a volunteer of Doctors Without Borders.
Favorite Quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." -Bernard M. Baruch
Helene Cook, Co-Chair
Hometown: Pasadena, CA
Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology | Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Aside from my participation in Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, I am also a active member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and served as the UCLA Panhellenic President. I am a research assistant of the Clark Lab and worked at Premier Pediatrics Beverly Hills. Additionally, I am an active member of UCLA Happy Feet Clinic and have participated in Hillel’s Bearing Witness, UCLA Dance Marathon, UCLA Sports Medicine Internship.
Hobbies: I love to run half marathons and read nutritional articles. I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as traveling.
Greatest Accomplishment: Having a scientific publication in review by editors and hopefully being fully published in a developmental journal before graduation!
Career Goals: I am currently interested in becoming a Podiatrist.
Favorite Quote: "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Winnie the Pooh
Special Projects Committee
Rena Wang, Co-Chair
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Physiological Science Minor: Applied Developmental Psychology
Extracurricular Activities: Bruin Leader's Project Student Facilitator, Undergraduate researcher at Xiao Lab, UCLA Baby Lab Research Assistant, Innoworks Co-director, Intern at Megan Daly's Infant Development Program, Ready Set Gold speaker, Care Extender
Hobbies: listening to music, longboarding, playing sports
Greatest Accomplishment: As much as I love UCLA, I think getting waitlisted to Harvard was one of the greatest accomplishments
Career Goals: Competing at the 2012 Olympics
Favorite Quote: "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." -Marie Curie