Student Spotlight: Remas Bashanfar
Remas Bashanfar, a freshman majoring in Material Sciences and Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, participated in the virtual Black Wings Hackathon held February 5-7, 2021. Hosted by Rewriting the Code and with a theme of, “Social Good,” the Event provided an opportunity for undergraduate women in STEM to collaborate on technical projects that matter to them and to society. The Hackathon also included professional development workshops, enhancing the experience for attendees through networking opportunities with like-minded peers and professionals in STEM fields. Female mentors from Microsoft, Google, Intuit, and Booz Allen Hamilton were also involved to help guide each group in brainstorming project ideas.
Remas’ group created a web platform to monitor people’s mental health that would provide personalized advice and tips to the users. The platform also had the capacity to save data in a calendar so that users could reflect on their daily inputs and find patterns in assessing their mental health.
Remas’ KGSP advisor Cynthia Cox further explained that, “Remas has benefited from being in the KGSP by taking advantage of the resources available to her. As a freshman, it is particularly impressive that she has taken initiative to apply for so many different enrichment opportunities. By becoming a member of the Rewriting the Code community, Remas can now benefit from future educational programming, industry exploration, networking, and the potential for a summer internship or full-time job with one of Rewriting the Code’s partner organizations."