Executive Board

A photo of Violet Tu
Violet is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in biophysics and minoring in Netflix studies. In her free time, she says you can find her working out at the campus gym or studying hard in the library; but in actuality you can typically find her waiting in line at her favorite food truck or sleeping till noon in her room. Violet has been a part of SOUP for all four years at Penn, and she can't wait to meet all the new schools coming to our competition this year.

Year: Senior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Biophysics and Neuroscience
Favorite Soup: Clam Chowder

Name: Violet Tu
Position: President/Tournament Director

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Jason started competing in Science Olympiad when he was in the seventh grade, then continued as captain of his high school team. During a high school summer program at Penn, Jason researched CRISPR before it became widely studied, due to his interests from Protein Modeling. Now, Jason is a student in the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology. He hopes everyone enjoys the fifth annual Penn Science Olympiad Invitational and the Urban Initiative!

Year: Senior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Electrical Engineering, Management, Finance
Favorite Soup: Corn Egg Drop Soup

Name: Jason Xian
Position: VP of Marketing

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Mimi is a senior studying Cognitive Science and Philosophy. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and playing table tennis. Mimi has been a part of SOUP since her freshman year, and she's looking forward to another great tournament!

Year: Senior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Cognitive Science and Philosophy
Favorite Soup: Minestrone

Name: Mimi Lu
Position: VP of Communications

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Selene is currently a junior in the College majoring in cognitive science. After spending months at home during the pandemic, she has spent so much time baking such that she may drop med school plans to go bake bread (she swears she's just kidding). It's sometimes hard getting in contact with Selene since she has become a serial napper in recent months and has been averaging 10hrs of sleep a day.

Year: Junior (Class of 2022)
Studies: Cognitive Science
Favorite Soup: Clam Chowder

Name: Selene Li
Position: Builds Director

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Yi-An is a sophomore in Bioengineering with an interest in data science. She is passionate about metal arts and costuming, and she loves hiking and reading mystery thrillers. In her free time, she can be found trying to revive her ailing houseplants.

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2021)
Studies: Bioengineering
Favorite Soup: Carrot ginger soup

Name: Yi-An Hsieh
Position: VP of Finance

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Savan is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in bioengineering and management and minoring in computer science. In his free time, you can find him studying in Van Pelt, taking yet another nap, or playing tennis occasionally. He's looking forward to helping organize SOUP and make it a great experience for all the teams across the country.

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2021)
Studies: Bioengineering + Management
Favorite Soup: Tomato

Name: Savan Patel
Position: VP of Operations

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Science Olympiad is a gift that keeps on giving. The least Nick can do is give back to an organization that has meant so much to him over the years. Nick also loves to write sometimes. He wrote this bio all by himself.

Year: Junior (Class of 2022)
Studies: Psychology and English w/ a Cognitive Science minor
Favorite Soup: Italian wedding

Name: Nick Plante
Position: Volunteer Director

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Eric is a senior in Engineering studying computer science.

Year: Senior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Computer Science
Favorite Soup: Hot and Sour Soup

Name: Eric Wang
Position: Technology Director

A photo of Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav is a sophomore in the College. He has been doing Science Olympiad since my freshman year of high school, and has been volunteering for even longer. He loves helping others out, and is excited to have a larger role in the Urban Initiative this year!

Year: Junior (Class of 2022)
Studies: Biochemistry
Favorite Soup: Chicken Noodle Soup

Name: Gaurav Gupta
Position: MAS Science Olympiad Co-Coordinator

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Richard is a senior studying biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania as a Vagelos Molecular Life Sciences scholar, graduating with an additional masters in chemistry. When he's not nerding out with his classes or lab work, you can find usually find him at Tea Do, his favorite bubble tea place, or along the Schuylkill Running Trail. He has been a part of SOUP for all four years of college, and can't wait to help design alkynes of interesting chemistry events this year!

Year: Senior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Biochemistry
Favorite Soup: Instant ramen

Name: Richard Duan
Position: Chemistry Director

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Christina is a junior in Engineering; prior to coming to Penn she competed in Science Olympiad for 7 years. Her favorite pastimes are baking, drinking tea, and crochet, because she is secretly a little old lady. She has been an event supervisor and Urban Initiative volunteer for SOUP since freshman year and is excited to be a member of e-board this year!

Year: Junior (Class of 2022)
Studies: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Favorite Soup: Cream of Chicken and Wild Rice

Name: Christina Kim
Position: Urban Initiative Coordinator, Event Supervisor for Ornithology

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John is a senior on the pre-med track studying biomathematics. In addition to SOUP, he enjoys reading fantastic poetry and prose for the Penn Review. He's always searching for new music to chill with as he works on his own writing.

Year: Senior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Biomathematics
Favorite Soup: Beef bone soup

Name: Jong Suk Lee
Position: Nature of Science Director, Codebusters Event Supervisor


Committee Members

A photo of Jessica Hao
Jessica is a freshman from the Philly suburbs majoring in biology in the 7 year bio-dental program and minoring in visual arts. She can be found running along the Schuylkill, shopping at the mall, cranking out homework in Van Pelt, trying out new restaurants, or binging SNL. This is Jessica's first year as a part of SOUP, and she cannot wait for this year's tournament.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Biology in the 7 year bio-dental program.
Favorite Soup: Tomato, cream of mushroom

Name: Jessica Hao
Position: Anatomy and Physiology Event Shadow

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Yonny is a freshman at Penn studying physics, who loves astronomy. Prior to being a part of SOUP, Yonny was a Science Olympiad competitor for six years. In high school, Yonny competed for Bayard Rustin HS and went to the Penn Invitational every year since it started.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Physics
Favorite Soup: Sicilian chicken soup

Name: Yonny Sklansky
Position: Astronomy Event Supervisor

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Richard is a junior studying biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania as a Vagelos Molecular Life Sciences scholar, hoping to graduate with an additional masters in chemistry. He likes teaching and mentoring, is involved with a few such groups on campus, and is an active peer advisor although he doesn't even have his next semester planned out. He's been involved with SciOly test writing since freshman year.

Year: Junior (Class of 2021)
Studies: Biochemistry
Favorite Soup: Cheddar broccoli soup

Name: Richard Duan
Position: Chemistry Lab Test Event Supervisor

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Richard is a freshman studying biology. When not attentively grinding out trophies in brawl stars, he can be found listening to thought-provoking Korean pop.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Biology
Favorite Soup: Boneless soup

Name: Richard Chai
Position: Designer Genes Event Supervisor

A photo of Clarisa Yee
Clarisa is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying in the School of Nursing. When she is not studying, she is usually watching her latest episode of a K-drama in her room or at the gym while working out to de-stress. She loves food and thrives off of snacks, bubble tea, and dessert - which can be quite unhealthy sometimes. Clarisa has been involved with Science Olympiad in high school, and she is excited to continue her involvement through the SOUP community!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Nursing
Favorite Soup: Clam chowder

Name: Clarisa Yee
Position: Dynamic Planet Event Supervisor

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Gloria is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania studying physics and bioengineering. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating, playing soccer, and photography. This is her first year in SOUP, but she competed in Science Olympiad for three years in high school and is very excited to be a part of SOUP this year.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Physics and Bioengineering
Favorite Soup: Clam chowder, broccoli cheese

Name: Gloria Lee
Position: Experimental Design

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Rohil is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Mechanical Engineering with possible minors in Computer Science and Engineering Entrepreneurship. In his free time, he can be seen at a poker game with his hall or running to Wawa to grab some mac and cheese. He's been part of SciOly since middle school and can't wait to meet all the teams coming to SOUP this year!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Favorite Soup: Creamy tomato soup (with grilled cheese!)

Name: Rohil Sheth
Position: Finance Committee Member, Detector Building Event Supervisor

A photo of Yi-An Hsieh
Yi-An is a freshman in Bioengineering. She is passionate about metal arts and costuming, and she loves cats, hiking, and reading mystery thrillers. In her free time, she can be found trying to revive her ailing houseplants.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Bioengineering
Favorite Soup: Pumpkin soup

Name: Yi-An Hsieh
Position: Finance Committee Member, Protein Modeling Event Supervisor

A photo of Charis Ma
Charis is a freshman in the College who has no idea what she's majoring in yet, but will probably say biology or BBB if asked. When she isn't studying in the Van Pelt Reading Room, you can find her frantically avoiding the scary squirrels on campus or painting and knitting in her room. Charis has competed at SOUP as a high school student for the past two years and is super excited to help host the event this year!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Biology or BBB
Favorite Soup: Pumpkin soup

Name: Charis Ma
Position: Forensics Event Supervisor

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Jessica is a freshman studying bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She enjoys sculpting, reading, and playing the violin in her free time, and is also involved in robotics.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Bioengineering
Favorite Soup: Miso

Name: Jessica Ling
Position: Fossils Event Supervisor

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Owen is a sophomore from Lincolnshire, IL studying Computer Science. He enjoys hanging out with friends and is always down for a game of Smash. Outside of SOUP, Owen is also a member of the Penn Aerial Robotics team and the Penn Social Deduction Club.

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2022)
Studies: Computer Science
Favorite Soup: French onion

Name: Owen Simon
Position: Gravity Vehicle Event Supervisor

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Maggie is a freshman studying neuroscience and computer science. Maggie loves Science Olympiad since her first year of high school. She is also a huge cat lover and has three cats!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Neuroscience and Computer Science
Favorite Soup: Homemade beef stew

Name: Maggie Zhou
Position: Operations Committee Member, Water Quality Event Supervisor

A photo of Sarah Tadlock
Sarah is a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. She loves books, stickers, and boba. She competed in SciOly Divisions A-C, and is excited to continue her involvement in a new role. She can't wait to see everyone in February!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics
Favorite Soup: Chicken noodle, turkey chili

Name: Sarah Tadlock
Position: Operations Supervisor

A photo of Grant Li
Grant is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Computational Biology. In his free time, he can be found sleeping through all his alarms or yelling at his game of Tetris. This is the first year Grant is participating in SOUP and he can't wait to see what it brings!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Biology
Favorite Soup: Wonton soup

Name: Grant Li
Position: Solar Power Event Supervisor

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Brandon is a freshman at Penn and plans on majoring in chemistry and physics in the Vagelos MLS program. Brandon likes to spend most of his time asleep, regardless of whether he's busy or not. He also loves meeting new people, so please stop by and say hi!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Chemistry and Physics
Favorite Soup: Clam chowder

Name: Brandon Chyi
Position: Solar Power Event Supervisor

A photo of Savan Patel
Savan is a freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in bioengineering and economics. In his free time, he enjoys watching The Office on repeat (7th time through) or playing tennis with friends. This is Savan's first year in SOUP and he has competed for all 4 years in high school. He is super excited about memes.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Bioengineering and Economics
Favorite Soup: Broccoli cheddar (from Panera)

Name: Savan Patel
Position: Sounds of Music Event Supervisor

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Chuqi is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania planning on majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, and maybe neurobiology, and minoring in creative writing. She can often be found decorating her room for holidays, baking, or studying in Van Pelt. She hopes that she can be found at the campus gym more often, but that may or may not happen. This is Chuqi’s first year in SOUP, and she’s very excited for the upcoming year and her first SOUP invitational.

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Biochemistry and chemistry
Favorite Soup: Corn chowder

Name: Chuqi Zheng
Position: Urban Initiative Fellow

A photo of Pallavi Jonnalagadda
Pallavi is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Bioengineering and Classics. When she's not in class, she can be found hanging out with friends on campus, thinking about frozen custard, and/or singing along to the latest Billy Joel song that's stuck in her head. Previously a competitor in Science Olympiad for seven years, Pallavi loves the Science Olympiad community and is excited to be a proud member of SOUP!

Year: Freshman (Class of 2023)
Studies: Bioengineering and Classics
Favorite Soup: Black bean

Name: Pallavi Jonnalagadda
Position: Water Quality Event Supervisor

A photo of Alan Ismaiel
Alan is a sophomore majoring in computer science. Outside of SOUP, he can be found in the Penn Band as a bari saxophone player, or somewhere trying (and failing) to convince people to watch Bachelor in Paradise with him. He participated in his high school Science Olympiad team since it was founded his sophomore year, and is excited to continue giving back to this experience that meant so much to him.

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2022)
Studies: Computer Science
Favorite Soup: Chili

Name: Alan Ismaiel
Position: Wright Stuff Event Supervisor

A photo of Tosin Odufalu
Tosin is a sophomore on the pre-med track planning to major in either chemistry or biochemistry. After doing SciOly all throughout high school, she was excited to be able to continue in college! Outside of SOUP, Tosin sings in The Inspiration A Cappella and helps to teach chemistry to high school students in West Philadelphia. She is excited for her second year of SOUP and can't wait for a great year!

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2022)
Studies: Undecided
Favorite Soup: Clam chowder

Name: Tosin Odufalu
Position: Write It Do It Event Supervisor

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Name: Neehal Hussain
Position: Urban Initiative Fellow

Not Pictured

  • Jio Jeong - Chemistry Lab Test Event Supervisor
  • Adi Bhati - Circuit Lab Event Supervisor
  • John Lee - Codebusters for Event Supervisor
  • Peter Ma - Ping Pong Parachute Event Supervisor
  • Conner Pettit - Water Quality Event Supervisor
  • Ali Mohammad - Astronomy Event Supervisor
  • Angela Youn - Geologic Mapping Event Supervisor
  • Arik Li - Finance Committee Member
  • Christina Kim - Ornithology Event Supervisor
  • Christine Li - Urban Initiative Fellow
  • Christine Wu - Wright Stuff Event Supervisor
  • Daniel Jin - Codebusters Event Supervisor
  • David Lang - Protein Modeling Event Supervisor
  • Eric Shan - Anatomy and Physiology Event Supervisor
  • Evan Jiang - Designer Genes Event Supervisor
  • Grace Jiang - Write It, Do It Event Supervisor
  • Jacob Keller - Fossils Event Supervisor
  • Jae Young Baik - Experimental Design Event Supervisor
  • Jake Welde - Gravity Vehicle Event Supervisor
  • Joanna Wang - Experimental Design Event Supervisor
  • Julia Lottman - Machines Event Supervisor
  • Kevin Tao - Ping Pong Parachute Event Supervisor
  • Liam Theveny - Sounds of Music Event Supervisor
  • Mehek Dedhia - Disease Detectives Event Shadow
  • Michael Troka - Boomilever Event Supervisor
  • Mustafa Salim - Ornithology Event Supervisor
  • Nathan Chau - Boomilever Event Supervisor
  • Nisha Krishnan - Urban Initiative Fellow
  • Omar Elbulok - Forensics Event Supervisor
  • Ryan Lee - Operations Committee Member, Dynamic Planet Event Supervisor
  • Sai Mamidala - Urban Initiative Fellow
  • Sampath Kumar - Anatomy and Physiology Event Supervisor
  • Sarah Kane - Urban Initiative Fellow
  • Sarah Root - Disease Detectives Event Supervisor
  • Shivani Nellore - Protein Modeling Event Supervisor
  • Steven Wren - Anatomy and Physiology Event Supervisor
  • Tahmid Ahamed - Finance Committee Member, Detector Building Event Supervisor
  • Vivian Dinh - Urban Initiative Fellow
  • Xavier Lee - Operations Committee Member