BURST Executive Board

Baylor Undergraduate Research in Science & Technology


Executive Board 2021-2022

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Joyce Shiah


Year: Senior 

Major: Biology, Pre-Med Track

Minors: Biochemistry & Spanish 

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Duties: Direct general and officer meetings, coordinate officer activities, act as liaison to all external entities concerning BURST 

Fun Fact:  

Email: joyce_shiah1@baylor.edu

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Vice President of Events

Year: Junior 

Year: Sophomore

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Duties: Contact potential general meeting speakers, lead the Events Committee, plan events for each semester (socials, academic lectures, general meetings, lab technique workshops), book rooms for events 

Fun Fact: Outside of school, I enjoy writing and tennis!

Email: tiffany_luan1@baylor.edu


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Sanjana Ade

Vice President of Journal Clubs

Year: Junior

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Duties: Organizing journal clubs and lab tours, hosting discussions with guest speakers

Fun Fact: I'm double-jointed!

Email: sanjana_ade1@baylor.edu

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Isha Thapar 

Vice President of Scientia 

Year: Junior

Major: University Scholar (Concentrations: Biochemistry, Medical Humanities, Environmental Health Science), Pre-Med Track

Hometown: Houston, TX

Duties: Manage publication of Baylor's undergraduate scientific journal Scientia with the goal to showcase the amazing research that undergraduates do here at Baylor University, coordinate entire editing and designing process with the BURST editorial team

Fun Fact: I’m currently in the Brooks Lab researching COVID-19 wastewater based epidemiology!

Email: isha_thapar1@baylor.edu

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Anny Zheng

Special Events Chair 

Year: Junior

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Houston, TX

Duties: Organizing/planning of the major research events at Baylor

Fun Fact: Even though I don't know how to swim (yet!), one thing on my bucket list is to scuba dive with sharks and pet them.

Email: anny_zheng1@baylor.edu

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Matthew Mallinson

Resources Co-Chair 

Year: Junior

Major: Biology

Hometown: Sherman, Texas

Duties: To create innovative tools and resources for undergraduates interested in research, coordinate with service opportunities, run a research mentorship program 

Fun Fact: I qualified for the world archery tournament in middle school! 

Email: matthew_mallinson1@baylor.edu

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Avery Voight

Resources Co-Chair

Year: Sophomore

Major: Biochemistry, Mathematics 

Hometown: Groves, Texas

Duties: Oversee service and resource opportunities 

Fun Fact:  I was voted Baby Of The Year at a local credit union in 2001.

Email: avery_voight1@baylor.edu

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Shivani Ayalasomayajula


Year: Senior

Major: Neuroscience

Hometown: Cupertino, CA

Duties: Send out the weekly emails, manage attendance, update the website

Fun Fact: 

Email: shivani_ayalasomaya1@baylor.edu

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Ruhi Thapar

Publicity Chair

Year: Junior 

Major: University Scholar (Concentrations: Medical Humanities and Biology), Pre-Med track 

Hometown: Houston, TX 

Duties: In charge of public relations, spread all information related to BURST through social media, flyers, and chalking 

Fun Fact: I love music, coffee, and my friends!

Email: ruhi_thapar1@baylor.edu

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Tooba Haris


Year: Sophomore

Major: Biochemistry

Duties: Managing funds, overseeing the BURST bank account, creating monthly income statements, and organizing fundraising opportunities

Fun Fact: I lived in the Middle East for 5 years!

Email: tooba_haris1@baylor.edu

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Parker Westover

Social Events Chair

Year: Sophomore

Major: Baylor Business Fellow; Pre-Med

Hometown: League City, TX

Duties: Lead the Social Events committee and create and host events such as Research Coffee Hours, post-meeting socials, and game nights

Fun Fact: I love puddle jumping in the rain!

Email: parker_westover1@baylor.edu