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Mentor Spotlight

Read about some of our amazing mentors.

Meena Chakraborty
MIT (BSc), University of Cambridge (MPhil), Stanford (PhD)

Meenakshi (Meena) Chakraborty is a Ph.D. student at Stanford (Genetics Department), focusing on neurological diseases. She obtained a BS in Computer Science and Molecular Biology from MIT and an MPhil in Genetics from the University of Cambridge. Outside the lab, she enjoys music, fitness, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. She mentors because she believes that access to a good college education is a fundamental right, and that FOP helps to break down barriers.

AJ Didonato
University of Michigan (BSc)

AJ DiDonato is a 2020 graduate from the University of Michigan in computer science engineering who now works as a software engineer in Chicago. He has been volunteering with FOP since 2019 and has had two different mentees during that time period. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball and spikeball, reading, and watching NFL games. He volunteers because it’s hard to get time from counselors at a large school and there are a lot of things he learned through the process that he would have liked to have known before – and wants to pass that info on to future students.

Tessa Wood
Harvard College (BA), University of California Berkeley (PhD)

Tessa Wood grew up in Shelton, Washington. She received a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of an underserved public high school, she knows firsthand many of the educational and socioeconomic barriers that often prevent students from accessing higher education. She became involved in Fair Opportunity Project because she wants to help students at underserved schools have equal access to information about college admissions and financial aid.

Soni Chaturvedi
George Washington University (BA)

Soni Chaturvedi is a recent graduate from George Washington University where she majored in Peace Studies with a focus on Geography and Sustainability. She is currently working at NYU Law's Energy and Environmental State Impact Center as a communications and research specialist. She loves mentoring with Fair Opportunity Project because she appreciated the people who extended their support and access to her when she was applying to college and wants to do the same for other students, and she enjoys meeting new people.