The CSO Team

Students dedicated to sharing their passion for science with South Carolina

All of our members are high-achieving and passionate students at the University of South Carolina. They come from a variety of scientific disciplines and backgrounds and are eager to share their knowledge with you. For more information on becoming involved with CSO or to view past members, please vist our interest page.

Connor Bain - Director

Connor is currently a junior at the U. of South Carolina Honors College majoring in computer science and mathematics with a minor in music. He helped found CSO and also handles graphic and web design for the organization. In addition to his outreach and academic committments, Connor does research in the Arena for Research in Emerging Networks and Applications (ARENA) under Dr. Srihari Nelakuditi of the Computer Science Department. The primary fields of his research are mobile computing and energy-efficiency. Connor plans to pursue graduate study in computer science and ultimately a position in academia.

Kali Esancy

Kali is currently a senior at the U. South Carolina Honors College, where she is pursuing a double major in biology and French as well as a minor in neuroscience. In addition to working with Carolina Science Outreach, she is active in other student organizations such as the Carolina Service Council and the USC Chapter of Amnesty International. Kali works in the lab of Dr. Rekha Patel, where she is assisting a doctoral student in a project involving cellular biology and genetics. She plans to attend graduate school with the intention of conducting research in cell biology, neuroscience, or psycholinguistics.

Brian Berry

Brian is a junior biomedical engineering major that wants to go to medical school and practice in South Carolina. In addition to CSO, Brian serves as a resident mentor in the USC Pre-Medical Community. His interests include neuroscience and all types of medicine.

Maribeth Bottorff

Maribeth is a freshman chemistry major with a minor in math. After finishing her degree at USC, she plans to pursue a PhD in chemistry and then hopes to become a professor. Maribeth is also a member of the Academic Team and the Mock Trial team at USC. She actively pursues service opportunities and ways to share science with others.

Pooja Choudhari

Pooja is a senior at the U. of South Carolina Honors College majoring in chemical engineering. Outside of Carolina Science Outreach, Pooja is involved in the Honors Pre-med Community and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and is a peer reviewer for IMPULSE (an undergraduate online neuroscience journal). She works in the lab of Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari regarding differentiation of cancer stem cells. Pooja plans to attend medical school and later specialize in cardiology, and possibly cardiac surgery.

Purva Choudhari

Purva is currently a senior at the U. of South Carolina Honors College majoring in chemical engineering. In addition to being involved in Carolina Science Outreach, she is a member of the Honors Pre-Med Community and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is a Peer Reviewer for IMPULSE (Undergraduate Online Neuroscience Journal). She is also working with a Ph.D candidate concerning cancer stem cells in Dr. Esmaiel Jabbari's Tissue Engineering Lab. She hopes to attend medical school and specialize in neurology.

Kaitlin Cook

Kaitlin is currently a freshman at the USC Honors College majoring in chemistry and Spanish with a minor in psychology. In addition to working with CSO, she is active in other student organizations such as Epsilon Sigma Alpha service sorority and volunteering for the Waverly After-School Program. She also has an internship at the Public Defender’s Office. She plans to pursue a career in forensic science.

Reid Harris

Reid is currently a junior at the University of South Carolina pursuing a double major in mathematics and physics. Reid conducts research in General Relativity under Dr. Ralph Howard of the mathematics department, in particular, global properties of spacetimes and their singularities. Outside of class, Reid enjoys videogames and James Bond movies. He hopes to pursue a career in academia.

Katie Henderson

Katie is currently a freshman at the USC Honors College majoring in chemistry with a minor psychology. In addition to participating with CSO, she is a member of the USC Club Volleyball team. She plans to pursue either graduate study in chemistry or a career in physical therapy.

Megan Mitchell

Megan is a first year biochemistry and molecular biology major at the USC Honors College. She plans on pursuing research in biofuel technology after graduate school. She is a member of Project Vida and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Megan hopes to use her knowledge of science to work towards finding sustainable alternative fuels.

Priya Purohit

Priya is currently a sophomore at the USC Honors College majoring in biomedical engineering. When she’s not in class, Priya spends her time doing research under Dr. Dan Fogerty in the Speech Perception Lab pertaining to cochlear implants. She enjoys dedicating her time to Omega Phi Alpha, a service sorority on campus. Priya hopes to pursue a career in psychiatrics.

Shelby Raines

Shelby is currently a sophomore at the USC Honors College majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in chemistry. She is also active in other student organizations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Shandon College Ministries. After graduation, Shelby plans to pursue a career in a manufacturing chemical plant.

Zak Roth

Zak Roth is currently a freshman in the U. of South Carolina Honors College majoring in biomedical engineering with a minor in mathematics. Outside of CSO, Zak is involved with the USC Academic Team, the Honors Council, and the Racquetball Club. He plans to attend graduate school after graduating from USC and do research in biomedical engineering and medicine. He’s also an avid dog lover.

Allison Shaw

Allison is currently a freshman at the U. of South Carolina Honors College majoring in chemistry on a pre-medical track. In addition to working with CSO, she is an active member of Student United Way and Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. She plans on attending medical school to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery.

Stefan Singer

Stefan is currently a senior in the USC Honors College majoring in mathematics. He plans to get a Masters degree in education and hopes to then teach high school mathematics. He currently does research on number theory topics under Dr. Ognian Triofnov. Stefan regularly volunteers as a tutor at Dreher High School and serves as a ACE math tutor at USC.

Olivia Spead

Olivia is currently a sophomore at the USC Honors College majoring in Biology and minoring in neuroscience and chemistry. When not in class, Olivia spends her time doing community service with Epsilon Sigma Alpha and serving as community service chair in Gamma Phi Beta. Olivia plans to pursue graduate study in neuroscience and eventually wants to get involved in research on neurodegenerative diseases.

Allison Tipton

Allison is currently a sophomore at the University of South Carolina majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry. She is involved with several organizations on campus including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and Shandon College Ministries. Allison does research on stem cells in Dr. Jay Blanchette’s lab. Allison Plans on pursuing a position in a biomedical or chemical related industry.

Emily Theus

Emily is a sophomore at the USC Honors College majoring in mathematics and religious studies. In addition to CSO, Emily is involved in the Presbyterian Student Association on campus, is a middle school youth advisor, and enjoys painting.

Allie Turgeon

Allie is currently a junior at the U. of South Carolina Honors College, majoring in biology and Spanish, with minors in chemistry and Italian. She is currently working part time with Kaplan Test Prep, volunteering in the local medical community, and is involved in several other student organizations, such as the Navigators Christian Fellowship, the Waverly after School Program, and WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering). Allie plans to become a pediatric oncologist.

Eric Walker

Eric is a second year PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He researches the mathematical modeling of batteries in Dr. Ralph White's reseach group. Specifically, he is interested in solving the charge and capacity of batteries from physics equations, given live measurements. This challenge incorporates the formulation of a diversity of physics phenomena, the solution of partial differential equations, and systems engineering for estimation and prognosis of hidden states. Eric is active in Gamecock Toastmasters and the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Organization.

Mark Wischhusen

Mark is currently a freshman at the U. of South Carolina Honors College. He is majoring in chemical engineering and is a member of the Gamecock Fencing Club. Mark’s research interests include the use of various metals in alloys as well as fuel cell design. He hopes to go to graduate school after obtaining his degree.