Aayushi Patel is the Administrator for Researchers for Change. Her list of responsibilities includes ensuring all meetings are effectively planned, organized, and recorded; liaising with team leaders to plan meetings and receive agenda items; circulating communication and correspondence to organization members in a timely manner; and creating a schedule of all organization meetings and events. She is also working in Researchers for Change learning and raising awareness about COVID-19, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Cancer with her leading the group on Cancer. She also spearheaded and is leading the page on Alzheimer’s Disease Resources which provides resources for Alzheimer’s Disease organized by country and accessible globally.
Aayushi Patel is a Schreyer Scholar (Class of 2023) at Penn State Harrisburg majoring in Biology, Genetics and Development and double minoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Business Administration. At Penn State Harrisburg, Aayushi serves as the President of the Health Science Club and the Entrepreneurship and Management Club as well as being a Global Ambassador among other activities. Outside of Penn State, she volunteers as a Patient Advocate Liaison at UPMC Harrisburg and as a Crisis Text Counselor for Crisis Text Line. She also serves as the Administrator for Researchers for Change. Aayushi started her research at the Central Pennsylvania Research and Teaching Laboratory for Biofuels (CPRTLB) during her freshman year, first semester. She also participated in the Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates (MC-REU) in Summer 2020 and was a recipient of the Erickson Discovery Grant in Summer 2021. She has presented at multiple conferences including the International Conference for Undergraduate Research (ICUR). She also has received the University Libraries John Sr. and Kimlyn Patishnock Undergraduate Research Award at the Penn State Harrisburg Research Poster Exhibition and the Peter T. Luckie Award for Outstanding Junior in STEM at the 2022 Undergraduate Exhibition. Aayushi has also been involved with multiple publications from CPRTLB including multiple reviews on which she was a first author. She also participated in the 9th Annual Interdisciplinary Quantitative biology Winter Bootcamp with Rutgers University out of which a Molecule of the Month article created by the team Aayushi was on was published on the RCSB Protein Data Bank website. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school. She also loves to listen to music and play the piano and the alto saxophone. She also plays tennis, loves to travel, and is passionate about helping people.