Kelsey Stanton, SAS’22, is a junior from Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. She has two majors, one in Biology with a concentration in Mechanisms of Disease and the second in Hispanic Studies as well as a minor in Chemistry. She first learned about PIT-UN through her internship with Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), where she helped CTIC and the SNF Paideia Program complete the grant process for the Year 2 Network Challenge as part of Penn’s integration into PIT-UN.
During this process, Kelsey was inspired by PIT-UN’s mission to involve STEM students in civic engagement. With this goal in mind, Kelsey co-founded a student organization, PIT@Penn, which aims to increase STEM student involvement and interest in the public interest technology sector. In the spirit of interdisciplinary discourse, PIT@Penn is designed to encourage students to engage with faculty, experts in the public interest technology sector, and their peers from various disciplines. For its kick-off event, PIT@Penn will host a career speaker panel featuring experts in the public interest technology sphere.
In addition to her work at CTIC, Kelsey is an undergraduate researcher in the Linette/Carreno lab. On campus, she is also involved in Penn Tutoring Services, West Philadelphia Tutoring Project, Penn Habitat for Humanity, and UNAIDS. After she graduates, Kelsey aspires to attend medical school. She hopes that her fellow pre-med students will be equally as excited as her by this new initiative.