Meet The Big Sisters

Administrative Team

Megan Grace Li

Founding Sister

University of California, San Diego

Hello! My name is Megan, and I am finishing up my last year at UCSD studying astrophysics. I founded Big Sister STEM in May of 2020 with the intention of offering free guidance and support to young women and girls in a time of uncertainty. When I’m not running Big Sister STEM, I’m doing astrophysical research on extraterrestrial galaxies and possible intelligence.

Christopher Gaw Gonzalo

Executive Intern

Diamond Bar High School, Diamond Bar

Hi! I’m Chris Gaw and I am currently working as an intern at Big Sister STEM. I mainly do behind-the-scenes work and administrative duties including tracking meetings and updating the website. In my free time, I am an avid musician and computer programmer.

Maddie LaBute

University of California, Berkeley

Hi! I’m Madeleine (but you can call me Maddie) and I’m in my third year at UC Berkeley where I’m studying Computer Science. I am thrilled to be part of such an awesome program. Math and technology were huge passions of mine growing up. Coding up games/projects is now one of my favorite things to do. When I’m not doing STEM-related things, I love playing video games with my siblings, listening to music, and reading stories to my sister about famous women in history (I would recommend the book Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls to everyone reading this!). I can’t wait to see what this semester holds for this program!.

Madi Mossette

University of California, San Diego

Howdy! I am currently a fourth year studying Biochemistry and Cell biology with a minor in Psychology at UC San Diego. I hope to obtain a master’s degree in Genetic Counseling in the next few years to provide families with information to make educated decisions about their health and to influence genetic tests being designed by biotech companies! I have met so many strong women in STEM throughout my life and I can only hope to inspire the next generation just as my peers and teachers have inspired me. I want to give back to the community I call my home and to encourage young women to explore their interests in STEM because science is cool!

Krystal Nguyen

University of California, Irvine

Hi! My name is Krystal, and I am currently a 3rd year at UC Irvine. I am studying Biology but hoping to specialize in Human Biology and one day become an Optometrist. I have experience in teaching different levels of math, and I am excited to finally be able to teach applications of science and see where it takes us. Outside of studying, I enjoy hiking, listening to music, and eating desserts. I am so glad to be apart of this amazing program and be able to help guide women in STEM and in just figuring out life.

Joyce Zhou

University of California, San Diego

Hi! I am a third year NanoEngineering major at UCSD. My experience in STEM has been quite an interesting one, especially as I never thought before age 17 that I was capable of exploring such fields. Yet here I am 🙂 with a story of how I came along and what I want to keep doing. I know there are also so much I can learn from each of my friends already here and whoever I will meet in the future. Let us grow up together!

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Gillian McMahon

University of California, San Diego

Hi, I’m Gillian! I’m studying Math – Applied Science with an emphasis on biophysics and biochemistry. I plan on receiving my Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences and continuing on to do research in biotechnology. I’m from Santa Fe, New Mexico and I love to dance, hike, and ski. I love learning new ways to study the world and hope to encourage other young women to pursue what they love!

Sophia Wang

University of California, San Diego

I’m currently an Astrophysics major at UCSD who is also interested in the Aerospace Engineering side of things. I have a lot of interests both STEM related and non-STEM related, and I’m confident there is always a way to balance everything. Before college when I told a friend of mine I wanted to do physics, he doubted if I’d ever be good at it. He said since I’ve always liked writing short stories and the art of languages he thought I’d major in literature. I do still love literature and am planning to learn a fourth language, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love physics and astronomy. My other interests include musicals, Chinese calligraphy, and model building. I hope all the girls pursuing STEM could understand that only because you might also be interested in something stereotypically feminine, it doesn’t mean you can’t also be a strong figure in STEM. Do not let only one side of you define you.

Wendy Wang

University of California, Irvine

Hi! My name is Wendy Wang. I am a third year studying Biological Sciences at UC Irvine. I hope to one day work with children in the healthcare industry. A fun fact of mine is that my favorite subject is actually Spanish. I hope to be able to integrate different cultures, including my love for the Spanish langauge, into teaching the next generation the beauty of biology.

Meghan Shen

University of California, San Diego

Hi! I am a third year NanoEngineering major at UCSD. My experience in STEM has been quite an interesting one, especially as I never thought before age 17 that I was capable of exploring such fields. Yet here I am 🙂 with a story of how I came along and what I want to keep doing. I know there are also so much I can learn from each of my friends already here and whoever I will meet in the future. Let us grow up together!

Claudia Anthony

University of California, San Diego

I love all things chemistry and chemical engineering but I’m also really interested in music and singing! I’m hoping to enter the bio-tech industry after graduation or do something related to renewable resources. In high school, I was a math tutor and really enjoyed connecting with and helping my peers and similarly I’m excited to work with girls to explore their interests in STEM! Most people think that because I chose chemical engineering as my major, courses like physics and math come easily to me, however I have struggled in some of these classes and needed a tutor myself and I’d love to show younger girls that there is no shame in asking or needing help.

Lisa Ve Nguyen

University of California, San Diego

Hey, I’m Lisa! I am a first year chemical engineering major at UC San Diego. I joined Big Sister STEM because I’ve always loved the idea of mentoring my own mentee and helping them become their best selves, whether it be academic or personal development. My first language was not English so I had a hard time learning in a lot of my classes at first. It was difficult for me to imagine myself in any career because of how much I struggled. Even though my first science class was scary, I knew it was something I wanted to do. Through Big Sister STEM, I hope be a guidance for young girls to find their passion and develop their confidence.

And many more!