May Member of the Month: Palak Mehta

Written By: Rachel Wu

Each month, the Reinvented team votes on a Member of the Month based on factors including dedication to the team, team spirit, and contributions to Reinvented. Palak Mehta, one of Reinvented’s Finance Staff Members, was nominated and selected as Reinvented’s Member of the Month for May.

Palak, a junior from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, heard of the publication from her friend, Aparna Rajesh (one of Reinvented’s Executive Writing Directors), and was inspired by Reinvented’s mission to empower women to continue pursuing STEM. In December 2019, she applied to and subsequently joined the Reinvented team as a Finance Staff Member.

“I love seeing the back end of how the magazine works,” says Palak. “From the finance end, I look at setting up fundraisers, planning out how we can get more funds into Reinvented’s bank account, and getting more sponsorships or grants that we have to fill out.”

Palak’s interest in STEM reaches back to seventh grade, when she studied “Design Engineering,” a course which focuses on both designing and constructing STEM-related projects. Palak recalls working on a project inspired by Stranger Things which involved connecting circuits to create a string of lights that spelled out different words when put together. This experience inspired Palak to explore STEM fields and learn to program.

To Palak, the networking opportunities and vast number of communities in STEM are what make the fields so appealing. “I think STEM is another way to connect with different people around the world. For me, I personally am interested in math and programming,” says Palak. “The reason being is, I can really just code something on one end of the computer and it can reach thousands