• CATALYST IMPACT FELLOWSHIP

  • WHAT IS THE FELLOWSHIP?

    As SAS fellows, we are a community that extends beyond years where we help each other in our various passions and catalyst projects. By further exploring our interests, we find ways to impact the SAS community. We reach out and collaborate with catalyst alumni, creating an SAS network. We create projects in our expertise that engage and excite students in a new, creative way. We are excited to share our journey with you as we begin a new exciting chapter for SAS! #sascatalyst #sasedu

    Saanya Gupta

    Class of 2020

    In junior year, Saanya Gupta spent some time in a catalyst class that taught her many lessons that can be used for the future including researching, asking questions and giving good feedback. For her project, Saanya spent several hours making a course about healthy baking to educate people about how how simple and tasty healthy baked goods can be. Later she transferred these recipes to a blog for others to look at if they were not able to make the classes. Saanya was able to simplify complicated recipes for people from the age 10-50 and teach them the nutritional value of it. Outside of the catalyst world Saanya likes to bake, do service and play volleyball.

    Caitlyn Henning

    Class of 2020

    Caitlyn took Catalyst her junior year, and decided to create a comedy show after watching John Mulaney to de-stress and realizing that other people at school needed to de-stress as well. She then went on to direct, produce, market, and perform in a comedy show called Relax: a Collection of Comedy, which is available to watch on YouTube. She then took audience feedback from the performance and found that it was a great way for them to de-stress, achieving her original goal. Outside of Catalyst, she enjoys creative writing, lighting design, and watching stand-up on Netflix.

    Rahil Chakraborty

    Class of 2020

    Rahil took Catalyst his junior year second semester. Having always had a fascination to combat plastic usage, he focused his project on spreading awareness about the dangers of plastic waste. He, along with his friend Atharva, founded the GreenSAS initiative as part of their catalyst projects which is aimed at reducing plastic usage at SAS. Rahil worked with alongside the company Waste2Wear to produce the GreenSAS t-shirts made from recycled plastic which he sold to teachers, students and administrators and was able to present his project in a citywide GIN conference. Besides reminiscing about Catalyst, Rahil loves public speaking - part of the MUN and Mock Trial at school - as well as math, tutoring and thinking about food.

    Ann Hayden Hirsch

    Class of 2020

    In the spring of her Junior year, Ann Hayden Hirsch took Catalyst. During her time in the class, she worked towards creating an educational cookbook to help improve the symptoms of Arthritis patients. Having been diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis herself at age 13, her project was very close to her heart. She split up her work into three phases: researching anti-inflammatory ingredients and meal plans, creating and making different recipes, and designing the book through food photography and digital media. Her book titled Fight It With Food was published online and shared publicly through various social media platforms, including a well-known arthritis-nutrition page. Taking Catalyst allowed Ann Hayden to learn more about cooking, creating recipes, and the importance of perseverance. Outside of Catalyst, Ann Hayden loves to help others through Peer Support, volunteer at Special Olympics, bake for her friends and family, and be active.

    Kavin Kapoor

    Class of 2020

    Familiar with the program after being a part of the SpaceLab@SAS team in 2017, Kavin began his Hyper-Catalyst project ever since he was inspired by a field trip to Pulau Semakau, Singapore's only landfill. Passionate about engineering, entrepreneurship, service, and design, he decided to use the program as a means to explore his interests in environmental science. He aimed to create a system that could repurpose one of the least biodegradable materials for the environment: plastic. Kavin used an open-source community to create PlastiX@SAS: a student-run lab that repurposes plastic waste. In this space, anybody can use the machines that Kavin built to produce a variety of products– 3D printer filament to iPhone cases– from waste around SAS's campus. Outside of his workshops and conventions where he shares his machines, Kavin is a filmmaker, drone pilot, HQ Trivia champion, and Student Council President.

    Carissa Chua

    Class of 2020

    Carissa took Catalyst in the Spring of 2019. Having grown up in a family that trusted traditional herbal medicines, Carissa chose to compare the effectiveness of herbal medicines to their modern counterparts for her Catalyst project. To gain a complete understanding of her topic, she went around Singapore to speak to different herbal medicine experts and consulted scientific journals that concerned natural medicine. Following her research, Carissa designed and conducted disk diffusion labs to test the effectiveness of herbal medicines versus antibiotics. In order to share her findings, Carissa worked with the SAS Communications office to write and publish an article that compared both forms of treatment against viral and bacterial infections. Taking Catalyst allowed Carissa to delve deeper into a topic she is passionate about while also developing her skills in communication and research. Outside of Catalyst, Carissa spends her time participating in service, designing for TEDxYouth@SAS, and pursuing her passion for Science.

    Evelyn Zhang

    Class of 2020

    Evelyn took Catalyst in her junior year second semester. Having always had a passion for breadmaking, she decided to take this opportunity to delve into Singapore's culture through the lens of heritage bakeries. Working with renowned bakeries like Bakery Brera, Evelyn gained access to work alongside staff at these bakeries in order to bridge the foreign and local cultural divide and facilitate conversation, publishing her experience on her blog, "the Breadwinner" in the form of videos, writing, and photographs. Aside from catalyst, Evelyn enjoys partaking in Global Issues Network, playing the cello, and of course– breadmaking!

    Kelsey Tattle

    Class of 2020

    Kelsey's project centered around raising awareness through the creation of a children’s book that depicts the mission of a local Singaporean Wildlife Organization, ACRES. Specifically for the younger generations at SAS, she worked with elementary students to illustrate her picture book, both educating younger students at SAS while also raising awareness around the local community in Singapore.

    Alumni: Bryanna Entwistle

    Class of 2019

    Bryanna took AT Research and Catalyst her Junior year as part of the two year AP Capstone program. She can say for a fact that enrolling in such was the best decision of her high school career. For her study, Bryanna analyzed the implications of living abroad on self-authorship -- a domain of identity development -- among third culture kids, specifically high schoolers preparing for transitions to collegiate environments. Bryanna found that a positive correlation does exist, for service provides the opportunities for self-contextualization, autonomous action, problem-solving, and decision making needed for one to move away from pattern following and towards acting as an individual. Bryanna's paper is currently being considered for publication in the Stanford Social Review. Outside of the Catalyst world, she is extremely passionate about service (as you can probably tell!), dance, and writing. She also a self-proclaimed expert on Hamilton.

    Alumni: Anya Devgan

    Class of 2019

    Anya took AT Research and Catalyst throughout the 2017 to 2018 school year. For her project, she studied the postpartum health of working mothers in Singapore. Anya hoped to discover whether there was a relationship between a mother's postpartum depressive symptoms and her participation in confinement, a Chinese postpartum ritual that restricts mothers to the confines of their homes in an effort to regulate the imbalance of energy caused by pregnancy. Anya really loved AT Research & Catalyst because it gave her the opportunity to learn more about herself and to discover a topic that she is truly passionate about -- an experience that she seldom receives within a traditional classroom setting. Aside from this course, Anya is also passionate about service, MUN, dance, and female participation in the STEM field.

    Alumni: Ryan Jung

    Class of 2019

    Ryan took Catalyst in the Spring of 2018, where he created an online portfolio for his web games and 3D architectural renderings. In the process, Ryan was able to take on professional level work and meaningfully impact the SAS community by presenting his architectural design to Dr. Kimball and others. Ryan's favorite part of Catalyst was communicating with his classmates and having the time to work on his own passions with the support and focus of a school environment. Catalyst created an opportunity for Ryan to deeply explore his many interests (such as game design, architecture, and computer science) and discover what mattered most to him. Ryan will be taking Catalyst again in the Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019, and is excited to investigate topics like biotechnology and machine learning.

    Alumni: Shivastu Kartik

    Class of 2019

    Shivastu took Catalyst in the spring of 2018, and his project combined his passion for Physics with his concern for the environment to design a device that harnesses the drag force acting on MRT trains, and generates an electric current. Shivastu developed a detailed design, and worked with a Professor at NUS, engineers at Japan Railways, the Delhi Metro and the Physics faculty (Mr. Crawford) at school to refine his design. The journey of finding mentors, and integrating their inputs gave Shivastu valuable exposure to the nuances and constraints of real-world applications, while also allowing him to delve freely into the subject he is passionate about in creative and unique ways. Outside of Physics class, Shivastu plays the guitar and he loves to learn and speak French. In fact, he is the president of the French Honour Society.

    Alumni: Jeniffer Park

    Class of 2019

    Jeniffer took catalyst in the spring of 2018. Her project focused on diving deeper into the nursing profession. Jeniffer knew she wanted a hands on experience. After some research, Jeniffer found a three day internship program at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which led to writing a reflection and compilation of mini lessons on her experiences. In addition, Jeniffer bridged our school and the hospital by giving SAS students the opportunity to participate in the three day program that she experienced. To expand further and get more experience in the field, Jeniffer applied to be a healthcare assistant at Tan Tock Seng and spent her summer working in a neuro med-surg ward. Catalyst gave Jeniffer the ability to work on and take action to build her passion of becoming a nurse. It gave her the freedom to do what she's always wanted to do and explore, something that doesn't happen in a regular traditional classroom setting. Jeniffer cannot wait to expand and grow her catalyst project in the upcoming two semesters.

    Alumni: Skylar Ward

    Class of 2019

    Skylar took catalyst in 2018 during the second semester of her junior year. Her catalyst project was to educate people about the endangerment of pangolins. This included giving talks to classrooms all around the school about what pangolins are, why they are endangered and what they could do to help. She then raised money to help them through a bake sale, online fundraising page and she sold 3D printed pangolins that she had made. Lastly, Skylar put up a collaborative banner in the library to raise even more awareness in the high school. Skylar loved catalyst because it gave her the opportunity to do something that she was passionate about during school hours. Since she's studying animal science in college, it was an amazing opportunity for her to use her time experiencing the field that she is going in to. Along with being a fellow, Skylar is also involved with a lot of service activities, is a teaching assistant for a catalyst class and is the COO of HeroTech.

    Alumni: Kilani Daane

    Class of 2018

    I took Catalyst in the Spring of 2017. As a beach volleyball player, I decided to start up my own active swimwear company that combines aspects of both fashion and functionality. My aim is to design the suits towards the needs of a beach athlete, but with the goal of it being fit for anyone (even hanging out on the beach!). My favourite part about Catalyst would be the idea that you get to spend time working on something you are actually passionate about and setting your own target and goals along the way. Aside from Catalyst, I enjoy playing beach volleyball and creating healthy versions of my favourite food.

    Alumni: Adi Bharadwaj

    Class of 2018

    I took Catalyst in Fall 2016, and my project was creating a financial literacy campaign in school, where I created YouTube videos on topics such as mutual funds. My favorite part about Catalyst was definitely the mentorship phase, where I developed my networking skills and also increased my knowledge about investing. Getting a mentor might seem hard at first, but it is super helpful and you will end up thanking your mentor in the end! In my free time, I like to read, play fantasy football, and browse Reddit.

    Alumni: Ruth Jaensubhakij

    Class of 2018

    I took Catalyst in Spring 2017, and my project was a music curriculum for special needs classrooms which I researched, designed and wrote. My favorite— but also least favorite— part of Catalyst was the final presentation, and my actual favorite part was the on-site observation I got to partake in. Aside from Catalyst, I’m also passionate about history, service, music, debate, and bubble tea!

    Alumni: Allison Sommer

    Class of 2018

    I took Catalyst in the Spring semester of 2017. My project was learning how to become an underwater photographer so I could create a calendar using photos that I took that depict how marine ecosystems interact and adapt to the garbage surrounding them. I then sold my calendars and donated the profit to the Stairway Foundation’s Sea Adventure School. My favorite part of Catalyst was finding a mentor- I struggled so much got rejected an embarrassing number of times, but the experience of finding a mentor and learning how to talk to professional adults is something that I have cherished the most.

    Alumni: Ary Gulati

    Class of 2018

    I took Catalyst in the Spring of 2017, and my project was creating a fitness app for teenagers- which is currently in the process of becoming a reality. My favourite component of Catalyst, although hard to pick one, is the exposure the program gave me. From learning and getting mentorship from well-regarded professionals in my field of interest to understanding what it really means to run a startup, Catalyst gave me an experience that I seldom received sitting in the four walls of a classroom at SAS. Aside from Catalyst, I'm also passionate about Math, Current Events, Soccer, Tennis, and food.

    Alumni: Gabby Koh

    Class of 2018

    I took Catalyst Fall 2016, Spring 2017, and I have also taken AP Research. For my project, I created an app that would predict the mortality rate of intracerebral hemorrhage students. I used AP Research to compliment my Catalyst project, researching the effects capillary glucose levels have on intracerebral hemorrhage patients’ recovery. I really loved Catalyst as it allowed me to get engaged in the field I am interested in. My favorite part of Catalyst was the presentation as it is a great opportunity to get people interested in what you’re doing and it’s a great way to celebrate all you’ve done. I found my passion in a really unconventional way so I’d love to help you out of you need help with an idea! Aside from Catalyst, I love food, meeting people, and hiking.

    Alumni: Janvi Kalra

    Class of 2017

    Janvi Kalra was a fellow of the SAS Impact Catalyst Fellowship at the Singapore American School who graduated in 2017. For her Catalyst project, she worked on creating a device that automatically changes the AC’s temperature based on the user's comfort, which she titled Always Cool.

    Alumni: Sandhya Bala

    Class of 2017

    Sandhya Bala graduated from the Singapore American School in 2017. She was one of the three original fellows of the SAS Impact Catalyst Fellowship. For her Catalyst project, she successfully coded an app using Java which integrated user input in a Quizlet-like setting to test users on their practice sets.

    Alumni: Sandhya Bala

    Class of 2017

    Sandhya Bala graduated from the Singapore American School in 2017. She was one of the three original fellows of the SAS Impact Catalyst Fellowship. For her Catalyst project, she successfully coded an app using Java which integrated user input in a Quizlet-like setting to test users on their practice sets.

    Aime Fukada

    Class of 2017

    Aime Fukada was a fellow at the SAS Impact Catalyst Fellowship at the Singapore American School. For her Catalyst project, she produced a draft of a cookbook, targeted towards high school and college student-athletes.

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