Priya Soni





Class of 2019

Hometown: Glenview, IL.

Research/Work Experience: I was an intern in Fienberg Shool of Medicine, Northwestern's University-Osher Center for Integrative Medicine during summer 2016.

Other campus activities: I am the project and supply lead for Engineering Outreach Society. I develop projects for various grades which we use during our weekly visits to classrooms in local Elementary Schools. I am also an active member of Engineers without Borders, and I recently traveled to Africa to work on surveying potential bridge sites and am currently working on developing a health education curriculum that will be implemented during future trips.

Why did you join EA? I joined EA because I love working with children and I think it is crucial for them to be exposed to STEM in order to beat the stigmas against the field and to develop their problem solving mind at an early age. I was also excited to develop my speaking skills and to be able to apply it in classrooms.

What’s your favorite part of being an engineering student? I love the variety of opportunities available as an engineering student. I'm the kind of person that enjoy many different things, and engineering allows me to branch out rather than just focusing on a single subject.

What made you come to the University of Illinois? As a student interested in engineering, UIUC was a perfect choice as it would allow me to experience all of the related activities and events this school offers.

What has been your best experience at Illinois? I've really enjoyed getting involved in the various activities and clubs offered here are Illinois. They allow for great experiences and I've met some of my closest friends.

What advice would you give to someone interested in pursuing a STEM degree? I would tell them to explore the field as much as you can, because it is so vast and you may find interests you never even thought of. I would encourage them to never get discouraged, because although STEM is great, it can be difficult and some concepts may take a while to grasp.

What do you plan on doing after graduation? I am extremely interested in academia and would love to do research in a health-related field while getting involved in teaching.