Recognizing Reinventors 2021 Award Announcements

Unfortunately we didn't get to host our annual virtual event this year, but that didn't stop us from making sure our finalists and winners got the recognition they deserved. We are humbled to have received so many incredible nominations this year. You all made it very tough for our judges to decide, but we are excited to finally announce our 2021 awardees.


Reinvented's Woman of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Leadership, Innovation, Guidance

This award is given to a woman who reinvented the STEM space around her through her contributions, has demonstrated exceptional contributions in STEM fields, and has used that knowledge to truly impact the community around them.


Our Finalists for Reinvented's Woman of the Year are:

  • Dr. Kilan Bishop

  • Ms. Riteka Murugesh

  • Ms. Damilola Awofisayo

The Winner of Reinvented's Woman of the Year Award is: Dr. Kilan Bishop


Ashley L. Walker

STEM Changemaker of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Dedicated, Passionate, Perseverance

STEM Changemaker of the Year is awarded to a woman who is dedicated to making science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields more diverse and accessible. This award is for all age ranges and will be judges off of the accomplishments and impact the nominee has had, as well as their passion for working towards equality in STEM fields.


Our Finalists for STEM Changemaker of the Year are:

  • Ms. Ashley L. Walker

  • Ms. Emma Louden

  • Ms. Elizabeth Varghese

The Winner of Reinvented's STEM Changemaker of the Year Award is: Ms. Ashley L. Walker



Rising Star of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Oustanding, Unique, Immense Potential

This award is given to a high school student who has exhibited an unusual amount of talent and potential in STEM at a young age. This award is strictly for a woman in high school who has demonstrated exceptional talent.


Our Finalists for Rising Star of the Year are:

  • Ms. Luiza Brunelli Bührer

  • Ms. Angelica Krubeck

  • Sarah Naghmi

The Winner of Reinvented's Rising Star of the Year Award is: Ms. Angelica Krubeck



N'Dea Irvin-Choy

Outstanding Collegiate of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Outstanding, Unique, Impactful

This award is for a woman in STEM who has accomplished incredible feats in a STEM field during their collegiate experience. This award is strictly for a woman currently in college who has demonstrated their outstanding talent and potential.


Our Finalists for Oustanding Collegiate of the Year are:

  • Ms. N'Dea Irvin-Choy

  • Ms. Rachel Eckert

  • Ms. Smruthi Srinivasan

The Winner of Reinvented's Oustanding Collegiate of the Year Award is: Ms. N'Dea Irvin-Choy



Kevin J. DeBruin

Educator of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Guidance, Commitment, Caring

This award is for an educator (formal or informal, open to all genders) who has demonstrated excellent dedication in empowering future generations of STEM. This award is open to all educators and is meant to honor their determination and commitment to guiding students in STEM fields, all in the face of unprecedented adversities due to the pandemic.


Our Finalists for Educator of the Year are:

  • Dr. Jeanita Pritchett

  • Dr. Lilianny Virguez

  • Mr. Kevin J. DeBruin


The Winner of Reinvented's Educator of the Year Award is: Mr. Kevin J. DeBruin



Mentor of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Supportive, Influential, Empowering

The Mentor of the Year award recognizes someone who has invested an incredible amount of time and effort in helping women reach greater heights in STEM. This award is for all age ranges and selection is based on the testimonial/nomination reflecting the work and impact of this mentor in a woman's career in STEM.


Our Finalists for Mentor of the Year are:

  • Ms. Danielle Schroeder

  • Dr. Theresa Richards

  • Dr. Marco Hefti

The Winner of Reinvented's Mentor of the Year Award is: Ms. Danielle Schroeder



Influencer of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Inspiring, Uplifting, Passionate

Influencer of the Year is awad to a woman who has fostered interest in STEM fields as well as advocated for diversity in STEM. This award is given based on impact and engagement of the influencer, and is for any woman of any and in any STEM field.


Our Finalists for Influencer of the Year are:

  • Camille Calibeo

  • Ms. Bailey Burns

  • Ms. N'Dea Irvin-Choy

The Winner of Reinvented's Influencer of the Year Award is: Camille Calibeo






Entrepreneur of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Innovative, Entrepreneurial, Enterprising

The Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes a successfule woman founder of a STEM related non-profit organization, for profit organization, or business. This award is available to women of all age-groups and is based on the outreach and impact of their organization as well as their personal dedication and passion for entrepreneurship and STEM.


Our Finalists for Entrepreneur of the Year are:

  • Ms. Sandhya Iyer

  • Ms. Chinmayi Balusu

  • Ms. Mihika Shankar

The Winner of Reinvented's Entrepreneur of the Year Award is: Ms. Sandhya Iyer



Ally of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Supportive, Proactive, Dedicated

Ally of the Year is an award for an ally who is an advocate for women in STEM and has worked towards increasing diversity in STEM fields. This award is for all age ranges and will be based on impact, accomplishments, as well as passion for creating a more accepting and inclusive STEM community.


Our Finalists for Ally of the Year are:

  • Mr. James Cornett

  • Dr. Stella Kafka

  • Ms. Ankita Sundarr

The Winner of Reinvented's Ally of the Year Award is: Dr. Stella Kafka



Technologist of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Innovative, Impactful, Leadership

The Technologist of the Year award recognizes a woman in computer science and/or other technological fields who has contributed to a significant and impactful project in their field.


The Winner of Reinvented's Technologist of the Year Award is: Ms. Deepti Gupta







Engineer of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Innovative, Impactful, Leadership

The Engineer of the Year award recognizes a woman in an engineering or related field who has helped engineer an important and helpful product that will benefit future generations.


Our Finalists for Engineer of the Year are:

  • Ms. Danielle Schroeder

  • Ms. Bailey Burns


The Winner of Reinvented's Engineer of the Year Award is: Ms. Bailey Burns



Mathematician of the Year

Traits of this Awardee: Innovative, Impactful, Leadership

The Mathematician of the Year award recognizes a woman in mathematics or other related field who has helped innovate the mathematics field and foster interest in mathematics.


Our Finalists for Mathematician of the Year are:

  • Dr. Eugenia Cheng

  • Ms. Khushi Gandhi

The Winner of Reinvented's Mathematician of the Year Award is: Dr. Eugenia Cheng





 

Content Awards



Interview of the Year: Putting the A in STEAM: Science Communication Through Song written by Lavanya Sharma, featuring Dr. Raven Baxter


Article of the Year: Open Source: A New Approach to Philanthropy written by Meghana Krishna


Best Blog Post: The Evolution of Bioethics Since Henrietta Lacks: What Science Has Learned and What Science May Face written by Madeline Day


Guest Article of the Year: DIY Starry Mask written by Dr. Kitty Yeung


 

Staff Awards



Officer of the Year: Renee Becker-Blau, Co-COO

Director of the Year: Varija Mehta, former Social Media Director | current CMO


Manager of the Year: Niyati Patel, Accounting Manager


Staff Member of the Year: Anoushka Shrivastava, Creative Staff


Rising Student of the Year: High School: Amanda Sherman, Operations Staff


Rising Student of the Year: Collegiate: Maria Fernanda Sagastume, Creative Staff


Team Spirit Award: Avika Patel, General Volunteer


Infinity & Beyond Award: Kendall Hoes, One-for-One Program Director


Debutant of the Year: Laurel Ferguson, Publishing Staff


Volunteer of the Year: Meghana Krishna, Writing Director



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