Nikita Srivalsan & Rohan Kumar
Presidents and Co-Founders
For Nikita, life is like basketball game: intense, yet fulfilling, with several opportunities to learn and grow. A grade 12 IB student at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, Nikita balances her academics by being active in music, dance, sport and other extracurricular activities such as Speech, MUN and Peer Tutoring. Nikita enjoys team sports and represents her school in badminton, track, and is captain of her basketball team. In her community, Nikita is a volunteer at the Rockyview Hospital, providing psychological support for patients with Alzheimer’s. She is also part of the Round Square Service Group, a club that conducts fundraising initiatives in schools and the community. Through her experiences volunteering, Nikita’s interest in health sciences grew stronger. This interest was reinforced when she attended the SHAD program at McMaster University. To pursue these interests, Nikita co-founded Project Pulse in Calgary. Pulse provides driven students with the essential insight and information to help them make the connections necessary in order to take on the daunting task of pursuing a career in health sciences. Nikita aims to make this conference, a first in Calgary, the best with the support of the enthusiastic 2016 executive team!
External Relations Director
Rohan Kumar is a grade 11 student at Rundle College High School and is enrolled in Honors. Rohan’s key interest in school lies in the area of math, chemistry, physics, and biology. Rohan is an active member in his school community and is a member of prefects and peer support. He is also a peer tutor at his school. Rohan is also a speaker/debater and participates in science Olympics. Outside of school, Rohan partakes in Robotics and multiple sports. He plays soccer and badminton, and runs in cross country and track and field. Rohan participated in SHAD this past summer and plans on continuing to find new things to keep him busy with throughout the next summers. Rohan also plays the guitar and piano. He looks forward to having a good year with the Project Pulse team and making the inaugural year of Project Pulse Calgary a success.
Andrea Zhuang wants to live in a world where experiences are authentic, smiles lead to hello, and true passions are discovered. A grade 11 student at William Aberhart High School, Andrea relishes in tackling her Biology AP and Chemistry AP courses, along with French Immersion. She aspires to pursue a life in medicine, but most importantly appreciate the journey towards that goal. Andrea enjoys spending time volunteering at the Peter Lougheed Hospital visiting with patients from all walks of life. She loves to debate for her school and use her voice to spread her opinions and ideas. Andrea also enjoys working at Kumon with students who push her to set new goals for the future. She fulfills her joys playing field hockey, swimming, snowboarding, and hiking through the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She loves to drive herself to experience new things and unearth new opportunities. When Andrea is not out in the world, she can be found writing up a storm and laughing away with her sisters. Andrea is thrilled to be able to help make Project Pulse happen in Calgary.
Marnie Wang is a grade 11 student enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program at Henry Wise Wood High School. Her favourite subjects are Biology, Math, History, and English. She enjoys participating in various school clubs including Agents for Change, Debate Club, and Interact Club in which she serves as an Executive. Outside of school, she has also been heavily involved in the community, frequently volunteering with children at the local library and with the Southland Leisure Centre Day Camp program. In her hobbies which include reading classics, travelling, and swimming, she continually pushes herself to take on new risks and challenges. Marnie’s future goals in education are to attend McMaster’s Health Sciences program and later go on to medical school to become a surgeon. Through Project Pulse, she hopes to inform students of their endless opportunities and expand their horizons in this valuable and rewarding field.
Phuong Nguyen is a grade 12 IB student at Henry Wise Wood High School. During her time in high school, she has involved herself in various clubs and activities, including basketball, Student Council, Agents for Change, Interact Club, and Environmental Club. Some of her hobbies and interests include volunteering at the Rockyview General Hospital, playing sports, and creating art in both traditional and digital mediums. Phuong has won several art contests and awards in the past. She hopes to join the medical field in the near future, and make it her lifelong career. Phuong joined Project Pulse because she wanted to broaden her horizons and become part of larger community. She hopes to engage students like herself in the world of health science, and spark interest in the minds of those who could possibly be this generation's difference-makers.
Rutvij Khanolkar & Aishwarya Harish
Marketing and Outreach Directors
Being inspired to make a significant difference in society, Rutvij has always been interested in pursuing a rewarding a career that provides an opportunity to help others. He currently is a Grade 12 Student at Henry Wise Wood High School who participates in a variety of sports and extracurricular activities. He is also a Tutor and takes great pride in helping educate high school students who are struggling with Math, Chemistry and Physics. Rutvij wishes to pursue a M.D. and go on to work in the fields of Haematology and Oncology, so that he can continue to help people while doing significant research into the effectiveness and amelioration of blood clotting and the human immune system. Rutvij had worked with a variety of non-profits such as the Canadian Blood Services, The Mustard Seed, The Calgary Inter-faith Food bank, and at Doctor’s offices and Senior Living and Long-term care facilities. Having extensive experience in research, public speaking, leadership, data analysis and strategic planning, Rutvij wishes to use his skills to help inform high school students who wish to pursue a career in the health sciences through his work with Project Pulse.
Currently a Grade 12 student at Henry Wise Wood High School, Aishwarya Harish has a keen interest in the specifics of human biology. Whether it is to do with the research involving autoimmune diseases or the inner workings of the human brain, Aishwarya has had a curiosity to know more about how the human body has functioned and evolved. When she is not too busy with her studies, she is involved with volunteering organizations such as the Canadian Cancer Society as well as an active volunteer with the City of Calgary. She also enjoys long hikes, baking and singing as part of the school choral ensemble. This year, she hopes for Project Pulse to be an experience that is fun, entertaining as well as educational for the participants. She hopes it encourages more students to get involved with the sciences and pursue it, possibly as a future career.
Bilal Hafeez is a grade 12 student at EP Scarlett High School and he is very excited to be a part of Project Pulse 2016. Bilal has a very strong interest in the field of health sciences and hope to pursue a career in this field. His father is a surgeon, and hence he has already gained a great insight in the field of medicine and hopes to share it with the Pulse team. Bilal’s favorite courses in school are Biology and Chemistry; he adores science! He is also has a passion for swimming, and spends most of his nights at the gym. In school, Bilal is heavily involved in volunteerism and is the executive member of his school’s volunteering society. Outside of school, he is affiliated with organizations such as Free the Children, WHO, and the Salvation Army. Bilal believes that Project Pulse is a great opportunity for young students, as it will open up many doors and answer various questions that they have regarding their future. He hopes that with hard work and devotion, Project Pulse Calgary 2016 will be a successful and unforgettable experience for everyone.
Professional and University Panel Director
Jaskaran Grewal is a motivated grade 12 student at Western Canada High School, where he is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. He enjoys all aspects of science, from astrophysics to cellular biology, but has a particular interest in the field of neuroscience. His involvement in the world of health science spans from being a Medical First Responder, to being a researcher in a neurobiology lab. He also likes to ponder into the world of philosophy, ethics, and human cognition. When he isn’t reading textbooks, research papers, and books about health science, he can often be found playing hockey, volunteering at various organizations, and doing poorly in video games (he blames their unrealistic nature and his internet for his poor performance). Jaskaran believes that investing in the leaders of tomorrow cannot begin early enough, and believes that Project Pulse is an excellent tool to promote the world of science and to inspire the brightest minds.
Romani Lalani is a grade 12 IB student at Henry Wise Wood Secondary School, and is very excited to be a part of Calgary’s Project Pulse Team. Through Project Pulse, she hopes to gain leadership skills that will help her give back to the community, and allow her to connect with people in the Health Sciences field as she goes on to post-secondary. In her free time, Romani can be found teaching younger children math at UCMAS, helping students out with math at her own school, and volunteering at a senior home. Some of her hobbies include snowboarding, dancing, travelling, hiking, and playing badminton. In school, she enjoys math, chemistry, biology, and physics, and hopes to pursue a career in space medicine; therefore allowing her to combine all of these interests into one. Romani hopes to bring her enthusiasm for the health field to help make Project Pulse an incredible opportunity for high school students to discover what the health sciences field has to offer them.