Undergrad researcher, storyteller, and community builder - that’s me, Anagha Rajesh, in a nutshell.
If I were to talk about the one thing that flipped my life by 180 degrees, it would be my acceptance letter to the 1000 Girls 1000 Futures mentorship program of the New York Academy of Science. This program offered me an opportunity to connect with passionate girls and female mentors from across the globe and engage in meaningful conversations about a broad set of areas in STEM. During this program, I first realized that STEM is for me, and this is also where I found the encouragement to kick-start my youth-led mental health non-profit Yours Mindfully.
I am the first woman from my community to get accepted into a top-tier research university in India. As a chemistry major, I am currently working on a research project to identify biomarkers for endometriosis, which is a painful condition of the uterus. This project has the potential to create non-invasive diagnostic methods and treatment options for endometriosis, which do not exist at present.
At university, I lead the Literary and Debating Club and mentor junior girls through the BG-WiTech initiative to help them navigate their role as women in STEM and chart their goals for growth.
As an individual with a multipotentialite personality, I have a wide range of interests. I have worked on multiple projects ranging from nutrition to nuclear tech, from mental health advocacy to entrepreneurship. Currently, I am training as a climate consultant with Force of Nature so that I can help businesses create sustainability strategies that have a large-scale impact.
Through Uplyrn I want to help young people navigate storytelling, leadership and changemaking.