Hayoung Youn, President
Hometown: Pacific Grove, CA
Major: Integrative Biology and Physiology
Extracurricular Activities: Mortar Board Honor Society, Global Medical Training at UCLA, UCLA Chamber Ensemble, Care Extenders Internship Program, Tecate Eye Clinic, Music Therapy at Ronald Reagan, Organic Chemistry Research Lab, Student Wellness Commission (Health, Nutrition, and Fitness), American Medical Student Association, and UCLA Admissions Life Blog.
Hobbies: Spinning, swimming, running, hiking, playing flute and listening to music, watching movies, and hunting for good eateries in town
Greatest Accomplishment: Being one of the founders of a new organization on campus that distributes medical supplies and medication to developing countries around the world, such as Nicaragua and Panama.
Career Goals: Medical Physician
Favorite Quote: "Optimism is the faith that leads to accomplishment. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence." - Helen Keller
Favorite book: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Favorite Movie: You're Not You (2014)
Matthew Basinger, Vice President
Hometown: Poway (San Diego), CA
Major: Human Biology and Society and Physiological Science
Extracurricular Activities: UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Department of Liver Surgery and Transplant - Student Researcher; Emergency Medicine Research Associates - Coordinator; Office of Residential Life - Resident Assistant; Alumni Scholars Club - External and Internal Volunteers Director; VP and Alumni Relations of Mortar Board
Hobbies: Skiing, Backpacking, Surfing, Running, Rock Climbing, Spearfishing.
Greatest Accomplishment: Summiting Mt. Langley
Career Goals: Cardiac 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
Favorite Book: Anna Karenina
Favorite Movie: Interstellar
Winn Huynh, Treasurer
Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Major: Chemistry, Materials Science, Minor: Science Education
Extracurricular Activities: Undergraduate Researcher – Kaner group; UC LEADS Research Fellowship; Project Consultant – Grand Challenges Research Program; Student Facilitator – USIE; CA Teach; Mentor – Innoworks; Co-founder – SASE at UCLA; Content Developer - SASE InnoService; Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Chemistry Fraternity; Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity; Internal Vice President – Dykstra Hall; Membership & Inductions Chair – National Residence Hall Honorary
Hobbies: Mentoring younger students; Learning new languages; journaling and photographing my experiences; Working out (my brain) and stretching my creative boundaries.
Greatest Accomplishment: In progress!
Career Goals: Ph.D. in either Chemistry or Materials Science & Engineering. Become a tenured professor, continue to mentor students and contribute to the studies of inorganic materials, particularly graphene and other 2D materials.
Favorite Quote: “I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” – Benjamin Franklin
Favorite Book: Kite Runner
Favorite Movie: Inception
Laura Lei, Secretary
Hometown: West Hills, Los Angeles
Major: Business Economics and Statistics, Minor: Classics
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."
Shadi Nemanpour, Co-Chair
Hometown: Beverly Hills, CA
Major: Physiological Science, Minor: Iranian Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Martial arts instructor, FYSH freshman mentor, K-12 tutoring, Ronald Reagan Medical Center Child Life volunteer, Cedars Sinai Emergency Department volunteer, USAC Academic Affairs Commission (AAC) director, Glanzman Lab - Department of Integrated Biology and Physiology research assistant, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program research assistant, Impact LA, Measuring to Acheive Patient Safety (MAPS) volunteer
Hobbies: Playing the piano, karate, learning new languages (at 5 now, hoping to get to 10!), singing in the shower, intramural sports (absolutely love playing sports), eating new foods , and of course...netflix!
Greatest Accomplishment: Receiving my black belt! Hopefully more to come!
Career Goals: Becoming a physician and teaching on the side!
Favorite Quote: "Just do it, nothing is impossible! Just do it, yesterday you said tomorrow! Just do it, don't let your dreams be dreams! The more often you do it, the more light there will be!" -Shia LaBeouf
Favorite Book: The Giver
Favorite Movie: The Social Network
Robert Gammariello, Co-Chair
Hometown: Stevenson Ranch
Major: Marine biology, Minor: Conservation bioloy
Extracurricular Activities: Aquarium of the Pacific Education Volunteer, UCLA Nerdfighter club
Hobbies: Snowboarding, SCUBA diving, reading, hiking
Greatest Accomplishment: Eagle Scout
Career Goals: Sea turtle research and conservation
Favorite Quote: We're all stories in the end, just make it a good on, eh? Because it was. -11th Doctor, Doctor Who
Favorite Book: The Silmarillion
Favorite Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Alumni Relations Committee
Shabnam Tabesh, Co-Chair
Hometown: River Falls, WI
Major: Communication Studies
Extracurricular activities: Alumni Scholars Club, Mortar Board, Cub Tours, Undergraduate Communications Association
Hobbies: All TV and movies but currently K-Dramas and K-Pop... Oh! And Reading...
Greatest accomplishment: Getting into my major
Career goals: Entertainment Industry (Still trying to figure out exactly what)
Favorite quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" - Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite Book: Latest favorite book would be Red Rising
Favorite Movie: Currently Mad Max... but also Inception, anything Disney, and any superhero movie of the last few years
Betty Nguyen, Co-Chair
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Major: Biology, Minor: Global Health
Extracurricular activities: TBD; Past: On Campus Housing Council (President), Mobile Clinic Project (Caseworker), US Army Institute of Surgical Research (Summer Intern), Care Extender (Intern), Hill Government Representative (Financial Controller)
Hobbies: I like reading articles in solitude. But when I'm not, I'm most likely writing on my personal blog, lifting, jogging, hiking, engaging in amateur photography, singing in the car with the windows down, calling up and old friend, or going on spontaneous adventures.
Greatest accomplishment: When I chased my dreams
Career goals: Working with underserved communities in the context of an MD/MPH
Favorite quote: "Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire." -St. Catherine of Siena
Crystal Lin, Co-chair
Hometown: Torrance, CA
Major: MCDB, Minor: Public Health
Extracurricular Activities: Co-President of Flying Samaritans at UCLA, Internal Development Chair of T.E.A.C.H (Together Educating and Advocating Community Health), Publicity Chair of the Regents Scholar Society, Research Assistant in Wu Cancer Lab, Shotokan Karate
Hobbies: Going to concerts, finding LA's hot eateries, baking
Greatest Accomplishment: Helping run a free monthly clinic on the outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico
Career Goals: Medical Doctor
Favorite Quote: "Ancora Imparo (I am still learning)" -Michelangelo
Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird
Favorite Movie: Forest Gump
Thalia Nguyen, Co-chair
Hometown: Whittier, CA
Major: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Minor: Society and Genetics
Extracurricular Activities: Flying Samaritans at UCLA; HOOLIGAN Theatre Company; TEACH; UCLA Unicamp
Hobbies: Hiking, playing music, puzzle games, listen to various podcasts, watch Youtube videos on how to make food, eat that food, take pictures (sometimes of the food)
Greatest Accomplishment: Summitting Mt. San Gregonio, the tallest peak in SoCal, in one day.
Career Goals: Medicine
Favorite Quote: "When birds burp, it must taste like bugs."-Calvin
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Favorite Movie: Harry Potter and the __________
Communications and Publicity
Peyton Aaronson, Director of Communications
Hometown: Palm Springs, CA
Major: Human Biology and Society
Extracurricular Activities: Bruin Belles Service Association, UC Fit Exercise and Physiology laboratory undergraduate research intern, Athletics Peer Learning Lab Peer Learning Facilitator,
UCLA Pre-Veterinary Society
Hobbies: Running, Soccer, Hiking, anything outdoors!
Greatest Accomplishment: Working my way up from being a volunteer to being hired as an ER veterinary assistant and providing care to a variety of animals in the San Diego area
Career Goals: Veterinarian
Favorite Quote: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." -Joseph P. Kennedy
Favorite Book: Kafka on the Shore
Favorite Movie: Monsters Inc.
Nicole Danesh, Director of Publicity
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Political Science
Extracurricular Activities: Habitat for Humanity, Tamid Investment Group, Peer Learning Facilitator at the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center, Global Leadership Connection as part of USAC's Academic Affairs Commission,
Hobbies: Piano, Art
Greatest Accomplishment: I've been published in a creative writing book
Career Goals: Lawyer
Favorite Quote: "Life is okay when you believe in something greater than yourself in the world"
Favorite Book: Jane Eyre
Favorite Movie: The Noteook
Community Service Committee
Sonal Chaudhari, Co-Chair
Hometown: Irvine, CA
Major: MCDB, Minor: Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: UCLA Residential Life, Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA, UCLA CPR and First Aid Program, Undergraduate Researcher, ARC Medical Program at UCLA, and of course Mortar Board Honors Society!
Hobbies: I love running, scrapbooking, and having deep/meaningful conversations! I also enjoy watching Korean dramas and going on food adventures.
Greatest Accomplishment: Being a published undergraduate scientist
Career Goals: Physician, Professor
Favorite Quote: "Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen" -Dhillon
Favorite Book: A recent book I genuinely enjoy was "The Art of Happiness" by Dalai Lama XIV and Howard Cutler.
Favorite Movie: Bollywood movie: Mohabbatein
Vi Nguyen, Co-Chair
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Major: Physiological Science, Minor: Asian American Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Co-Chief of Students for Community Outreach, Promotion and Education (SCOPE), Patient Health Advocate at UCLA Children's Health Center, Undergraduate Researcher at UCLA Ting Soo Lab, Student Volunteer for Vietnamese Community Health, Intern at Nhi Dong 2 Hospital, Active Member of Phi Delta Epsilon, Member of UCLA Cooking & Baking Club
Hobbies: I love to cook, travel, and watch NBA basketball!
Greatest Accomplishment: Publishing my paper in the journal Medical Oncology
Career Goals: My dream is to become an oncologist.
Favorite Quote: "She believed she could, so she did" - R.S. Grey
Favorite Book: The Alchemist
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight
Jessica Hsueh, Fundraising Chair
Hometown: San Gabriel, CA
Major: Physiological Science
Extracurricular activities: Comparative Healthcare International Program, Students for Community Outreach, Promotion, and Education, Resident Assistant
Hobbies: Hiking, trying new restaurants
Greatest accomplishment: Helping start an organization at UCLA.
Career Goals: Physician
Favorite quote: "To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Book: Complications by Atul Gawande
Favorite Movie: Tangled
Historian & Webmaster
Brandon Pham, Webmaster
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Major: MIMG, Minor: Biomedical Research
Extracurricular Activities: Fellowship for International Service and Health (FISH) - Chief Executive Officer, Student Stroke Team - External Affairs Coordinator, Academic Advancement Program - Peer Learning Facilitator, Student Researcher in Dr. Singh's Immunology Laboratory
Hobbies: Basketball, biking at the beach, hiking, snowboard, swimming, running
Greatest Accomplishment: Goldwater Scholarship
Career Goals: Physician-scientist
Favorite Quote: "It's not whether you get knocked down, it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi
Favorite Book: The Last Olympian
Favorite Movie: Cars
Miles Mistler, Scholarship Chair
Hometown: Dixon, CA
Major: English major, Minors: Film, Digital Humanities
Extracurricular Activities: Christian Students at UCLA, UCLA Video Production Crew, LCC Theatre Co.
Hobbies: Reading the Bible, skateboarding, jumping into bodies of water (preferably off rocks)
Greatest Accomplishment: Eagle Scout
Career Goal: I would love to write creatively, at least part time, while spending my other time working either with museum archives or teaching English abroad.
Favorite Quote: "Coke is America in a can. No matter how rich you are, you can never get a better can of coke." - John Walter
Favorite Book: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
Favorite Movie: Before Sunrise
Angie Howard, Selections Co-Chair
Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Major: Linguistics, Minor: German
Extracurricular Activities: ROTEX Vice-President, Rape Crisis Counseling, Bruin Linguistics
Hobbies: Sailing, Swing Dancing, Traveling
Greatest Accomplishment: Moving to a country alone without speaking the language, and learning it
Career Goals: Commissioned Officer in US Coast Guard, then working in the Tech Industry
Favorite Quote: "If you're not lighting any candles, don't complain about being in the dark." - Unknown
Favorite Book: Animal Farm by George Orwell
Favorite Movie: Die Welle
Nikki Klepper, Selections Co-Chair
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
Major: World Arts & Cultures, Minors: Digital Humanities & Entrepreneurship
Extracurricular Activities: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Cub Tours, School of the Arts & Architecture Ambassador, photography club
Hobbies: Playing my ukulele or guitar, going to music festivals, loving on animals, and brunchin'
Greatest Accomplishment: Using my past experience with social media marketing, I was able to being my community together and create an online campaign to stop the destruction of a beloved, local park.
Career Goals: I would love to travel the world and take photos for National Geographic! I can see myself combining my passion for photography, event planning and marketing into a creative position at an agency to promote consumer products for my generation.
Favorite Quote: "The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise...it's not that we seize them, they seize us"
Favorite Book: The Da Vinci Code
Favorite Movie: Breakfast Club
Ryan McKnight, Orientation Chair
Hometown: West Covina, CA
Major: Arabic (will pursue a Master's degree in Arabic in Spring 2016)
Extracurricular Activities: Air Force ROTC, Intervarsity
Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Running, Long walks on the beach, listening to music, Speaking Arabic with my friends, eating all you can eat KBBQ
Greatest Accomplishment: Completing Air Force Field Training (28 day boot camp/officer candidate school in Alabama and Mississippi)
Career Goals: Becoming an Air Force Officer and then a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Favorite Quote: "The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves." Ray Kroc
Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Avinash Malaviya, Co-Chair
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Major: Ethnomusicology and Neuroscience
Extracurricular Activities: ARC, TEACH, AAP PLF, research with Dr. Edythe London's lab
Hobbies: Songwriting, dancing, anything performing-arts related, etc.
Greatest Accomplishment: Staying committed to my passions in music and science throughout college!
Career Goals: Physician
Favorite Quote: “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination... [Imagination] is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited... [Imagination] encircles the world.”
Favorite Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption
Honorary Member and Tip of the Hat Coordinator
Johnathan Canahui, Co-Chair
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Major: Art History
Extracurricular activities: Tennis
Hobbies: Biking, Reading, Drawing, Camping, Tinkering
Greatest Accomplishment: Establishing and obtaining recognition for a well-written newsletter for transfer students at Santa Monica College through the Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society.
Career Goals: Lawyer - Specialization in Entertainment Law
Favorite Quote: “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” - Aldous Huxley (Brave New World)
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby
Favorite Movie: Back to the Future Trilogy