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Mehar is currently a freshman at Dartmouth College and enjoys Math, Computer Science, Humanities and French. She recently graduated from Hotchkiss school, where she was Head of Math Club and Linkage Club (a diversity club), and board member of Songs for Smiles (community service club) and Hotchkiss Improv Club. Additionally, Mehar was part of the school’s varsity swim and crew teams. She also really enjoys doing theatre and singing. She loves to meet new people and create meaningful connections. 

Mehar strongly believes that it’s imperative for women and minorities to be more involved in the creation of the technology that is impacting all of us so directly. She has also attended Princeton University's Artificial Intelligence (AI4ALL) program, Yale University's YYGS Program and New York Academy of Sciences

For her aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by computing experience, computing-related activities, and leadership experience, Mehar has been recognized as recipient of 2023 Girl Up STEM Scholarship from UN Foundation, 2023 STEM-Next Generation Role Model from Million Women Mentors, 2023 CS Hero Award, 2023 Aspirations in Computing Impact, 2022 NCWIT National Award and 2021 NCWIT National Honorable Mention.

For her leadership and community service efforts, Mehar has received several other national recognitions including 2023 Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship, 2023 Elks Scholar, 2022 US Congressional Gold Medal, 2022 Atlas Fellowship (Finalist) and 2022 Global Teen Leader (Finalist).


Pahal is a tenth-grader at The Hotchkiss School (in CT) and is interested in Math, Computer Science, English and Visual Arts. She is passionate about the intersections of STEM and Arts with social impact addressing areas related to equitable access to education and healthcare, and women empowerment, and making the world a better place for all

In Computer Science, Pahal started off by taking part in small Scratch workshops, later leading into her learning more complex languages like Python, getting exposed to App Development and learning Artificial Intelligence techniques. She was recently in an AI Project where she worked with her team using computer vision tools (neural networks, CNNs) to develop a machine learning model to help the visually impaired navigate the world. 
Pahal has been recognized as recipient of 2023 NCWIT National Honorable Mention for Aspirations in Computing and 2023 Aspirations in Computing (AiC) - Connecticut Affiliate Winner.

Pahal also enjoys reading and writing poems, acting, singing, dancing, drawing, photography, and community service. She is an amazing poet and artist, and you can see more of her work at

Pahal is super excited to expand and evolve to achieve its mission by giving students from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn and create, and bridge the gap in STEAM knowledge and tools for minorities
and diverse students.

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