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YSP Staff

Dieuwertje J. Kast

Dieuwertje J. Kast is currently attending USC pursuing masters in Educationor MAT@USC through the Rossier School of Education; while preparing for a biology credential. A native of the Netherlands, DJ received her undergraduate and graduate education at USC through the progressive mastersprograms obtaining her BS in Biology and MS in Marine Environmental Biology. She has a passion for Science Education, has written curriculum and held leadership roles for both Wonderkids, The Young Scientist Program, The USC QuikScience program, and the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) program. In her spare time she enjoys writing science books, photography,SCUBA diving and working with marine science labs across California.

Olivia Clifford

Olivia Clifford is currently a senior at the University of Southern California where she am a senior studying Psychology and Law. She has been passionate about Science and teaching for as long as she can remember. There is nothing better than being able to see and experience science in action. After graduation she plans to travel and continue my academic endeavors in both Psychology and Law.

Andie Lichtman

Andie Lichtman is a graduate student at USCís Rossier School of Education, pursuing a masters degree in science education. Andie was born and raised in Los Angeles but just recently returned from living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the past year and a half. While in Malaysia, Andie discovered and fell in love with SCUBA diving! Andieís passion is earth and space science education. She previously worked as a science instructor at Astrocamp in Idyllwild, CA and at The Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA.

Chukwumamkpam Uzoegwu

Chukwumamkpam Uzoegwu is a junior pursuing a bachelor's in Business Administration. Though born Nigeria, he has lived most of his life in the Los Angeles area. In addition to teaching for YSP, he also teaches health education with Peer Health Exchange and has taught at various other schools.

Wendy Fu

Wendy Fu is currently a senior pursing her bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences. She has been a part of YSP since fall of 2012, and her favorite lessons so far have been the Crazy Chemical lab and the Sheep Brain Dissection lab. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys playing her flute, doodling, and searching for new burger places around LA. After USC, Wendy will be attending UCSF School of Dentistry, where she hopes to continue her passion for community service through her education in the healthcare field.

Elle Mustion

Elle Mustion is a current junior at USC from Washington State studying neuroscience and occupational therapy. She aspires to become a developmental-behavioral pediatrician after finishing her masters in occupational therapy, with an emphasis in treating children with Autism. She has enjoyed being a part of Autism Speaks U, the Pre-OT Club, USC Christian Challenge, and the Women's Rugby Team during her time here at USC, and looks forward to another great semester with the Young Scientist Program!

Thalia Bajakian

Thalia Bajakian is a senior majoring in biochemistry and minoring in history. In addition to working as a YSP TA, Thalia conducts biochemical research regarding proteins responsible for neurodegenerative diseases at the USC Keck School of Medicine. Additionally, Thalia conducts clinical research in the Emergency Department of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Post graduation, Thalia hopes to pursue a career in medicine with a focus in critical care.

Michael Qian

Michael Qian is an undergraduate student at USC pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in physics and computer science. Michael is passionate about all areas of science (though physics is definitely his favorite) and increasing scientific literacy in the general public. He has teaching experience from both high school and college tutoring his peers in physics, mathematics and chemistry. In his spare time, Michael enjoys dancing, playing chess, and programming.

Savvy Brar

Savvy Brar is currently a junior at USC on the pre-medicine track majoring in Global Health through the USC Keck School of Medicine and minoring in Spanish. Since growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina, she has loved working with kids and spreading her love and enthusiasm for both science and medicine. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in the Fall semester and works with organizations such as Global Medical Brigades and is both a founding member and President of the student organization Trojans Preventing Cancer in the Community. In her spare time, Savvy enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

Rima Al-Rabadi

Rima Al-Rabadi -Norwood 4th and 5th Grade TA & Weemes Assistant- is a junior at USC studying Global Health and Health Care Studies with a pre-medicine emphasis through the Keck School of Medicine. She originates from Covina, CA and has spent most of her time at USC focusing on bringing together education, health awareness, and greater understanding of science through the Young Scientist Program and USC Peer Health Exchange. Her love for education, working with children, and serving the community surrounding USC extends to her other involvement in student organizations including the USC Helenes, Kicks for Kids, and USC Camp Kesem. Her passion for health and bringing medical care to underserved populations is reflected in her participation in the Inter-Health Council and international health organizations including the Global Health Club, GlobeMed and Public Health Brigades. In her spare time, Rima can be found reading, watching science documentaries, listening to a myriad of musical artists, hiking, and brushing up on her Arabic and Spanish.

Stephany Escalante

Stephany Escalante -32nd St. 5th Grade TA- is currently attending USC pursuing a msters in Education through the Rossier School of Education. She is from the great San Joaquin valley of central California and undergraduate degree from the newest University of California campus at Merced.