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Summer of Community Service and Research for Brothers

Brothers Mateen Tabatabaei '21, Hugh Reynolds '20, Alex Farid '20, Nate Dangle '20, Mitchell Cornell '21, and Matthew Gosser '22 supported children, who have been impacted by a parent’s cancer, at Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem in Cherry Hill, NJ is a week long Summer Camp that provides innovative and engaging programs full of fun-filled activities for the children. Brothers helped facilitate these programs and keep the community fun for everyone.

Matthew Gosser recounts working with the Leaders in Training group. There, he taught the older kids of the camp leadership skills and prepared them to act as counselors for the younger age groups. “It’s the first club I got involved with on campus…” Matthew recalls, “I joined because I was on the track team, and through Kesam I made friendships with a lot of people who were soon to be my brothers.”

Mitchell Cornell and Mateen Tabatabaei will be on the Executive Board for Camp Kesem next year.

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Undergrad President, Ryan Pruitt interned as a Residential Advisor in a business program for high school kids at Columbia University. Ryan worked for eight weeks under Michelle Greenwald, founder of Inventours and DigitaLatest, and a Penn Graduate. As an RA, Ryan mentored and tutored high school kids on topics such as going to college, mental health, majors/minors, and New York City. He organized a dance, a talent show, and various diversity seminars.

At Columbia, Ryan also taught a three-week seminar on New Product Design & Entrepreneurship. There, Ryan’s students were put into groups and tasked with developing their own startup. “The best thing about it is that all the students were altruistic in their ideas and were mostly non-profits.”

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Quincy Hendricks performed research at Penn's Center for Neurotrauma and Therapeutics in a neuro-engineering lab under the name Vitaly Labs. He made super thin microdevices that are laid down on the skin and can read or stimulate brain activity.

Quincy spent most of his time at the Penn's Singh Center for Nano-tech in the Quattrone nanofabrication facility. He described this as a very clean room designed for the purpose of creating these microelectrodes. There, he used light reactive polymers to build the devices layer by layer. More specifically, nanometers of gold and graphene created an electrode that can be bent while still being as conductive as typical ones.

“Despite all the big words, what I was really making in the lab, were devices to help with epilepsy so we have a long-term solution for epileptic seizures.”