USE Biography


Major: Developmental, regenerative bio

College/Employer: Harvard

Year of Graduation: 2024

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Shanivi is a sophomore at Harvard studying human developmental and regenerative biology. She likes science, research, and writing. Outside of class, she is part of a research lab at Mass General, and is on the Editorial Board of The Harvard Crimson. Shanivi is passionate about teaching and mentorship!

Past Classes

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S116: Reading Scientific Papers in Splash Splash Spring 2022 (Apr. 23 - 24, 2022)
Science is everywhere, but reading a scientific paper can seem daunting. From the specific way scientific papers are formatted to understanding figures and data, it can be a journey to even figure out where to start. Have no fear! This class will equip you with the skills to become familiar with a scientific paper's formatting, flow, and how to effectively figure out what the paper is about. Understanding scientific literature is very important, and understanding how to accurately read a scientific paper is even more important. The lesson will consist of exploring a scientific paper, breaking it down, and accurately understand it through interactive elements such as polls, Q&As, and discussion.

S75: Supernovas of Science: How Women in STEM Revolutionized the World in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 17 - 18, 2021)
This class focuses on the wonderful contributions and discoveries made by women in STEM throughout history. STEM has historically been male-dominated while women, and especially women of color, have historically been shut out. By teaching this class I hope to encourage students, regardless of their background or identity, to pursue their STEM passions. Take this class if you are interested in pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and/or if you are interested in learning more about smart women throughout history such as Marie Curie, who won two Nobel Prizes and discovered Radium, and Katherine Johnson, whose equations made it possible for NASA to reach the stars and step foot on the moon. Throughout history, many discoveries have been made by those who were once invisible to us, so this class hopes to give visibility to many of the amazing women in STEM who helped push our boundaries of knowledge to infinity. This class is inclusive of everyone, and we’re looking forward to learning about women in STEM with you!

S76: The Story of Humanity in Splash Spring 2021 (Apr. 17 - 18, 2021)
This class focuses on the story of humanity itself: the transformation from single-celled organisms to the people we are today. This class will be a journey through time — students will be able to get better insight into the different human species that were precursors to H. Sapiens, and how our environment transformed throughout the eons. Students will also learn about the constancies of humanity: our ability to create art, care for one another, and ultimately, leave traces of ourselves behind. Take this class if you are interested in learning more about human history, of discovering where we all collectively come from. The story of humanity is one of resilience and persistence, of venturing into the unknown — if you are enthusiastic about venturing into our past so we might have wisdom for the future, then this class is for you! This class is inclusive of everyone, and we are looking forward to exploring the story of humanity with you!