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International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Friday, 11 Feb 2022

On International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we celebrate Roycemore School alums who are pursuing their passions in the field of science.

Meet three Roycemore graduates who are making their own unique mark in the world of science:

Alice Chudnovsky, Roycemore Class of 2016, graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Mathematics. As an internationally published mathematician, she was recently a collaborator of NASA’s mathematics research group on constructing advanced space communication technologies using the application of her specialty – algebraic topology. Alice has taught and TA’d several university-level courses (ranging from Calculus to Abstract Algebra) and has 5 years of experience conducting National Science Foundation-funded research at top institutions, including Northwestern University and Weizmann Institute of Science. She is passionate about unconventional curriculum design and creating atypical learning environments. Other than research, Alice enjoys mastering new ways to make coffee, seeing (and performing) stand-up comedy, and blending in as a local in new places (she’s been living in a new city every month for the past two years!) Currently, Alice is using her technical expertise as an Associate for Siemens in-house strategy consulting team.

Madeline Daniel graduated from Roycemore in 2020 and is currently a second year at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR. She is a biology major and a mathematics minor. She works in a research lab on campus studying the genetics, morphology, and embryology of the nematode C. elegans. Her current research uses indirect immunofluorescence on early-stage C. elegans embryos to understand lysosome-related organelle biogenesis during embryonic development. Additionally, she uses confocal laser scanning microscopy to capture high-resolution images of antibody-stained embryos. Outside of the lab, Madeline also loves the humanities and is currently interested in medical sociology and how society interacts with science. Recently, she was nominated by faculty to be the official student representative for Lewis and Clark’s biology department. 

Ela Chintagunta is a member of the Grinnell College Class of 2025. Although Ela graduated from Roycemore in 2021, she still feels very connected to the school. She is an intended Chemistry major with a possible double major in Biology and a concentration in Science, Medicine, and Society. Ela looks forward to becoming a pediatric rheumatologist to help children and teens with rheumatic conditions feel their best and hopefully contribute to finding out the causes of autoimmune conditions. She is currently involved in many research opportunities related to autoimmune and rheumatological conditions to help my understanding of the subject matter. “Roycemore really let me explore the many facets of science so I was prepared when I entered college for the difficult STEM classes I was about to embark on. A special shoutout to Ms. Henry for teaching AP Biology and AP Chemistry and Dr. Dudek for teaching physics, all of which helped me immensely discover my passions.”

To these three incredible Griffin Alumni and many more pursuing their dreams and making the world a better place, we celebrate you on International Day of Women and Girls in Science and every day! Once a Griffin, Always a Griffin.

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