The organizing team

Letters to a Pre-Scientist is brought to you by a small team of dedicated volunteers.


Anna Goldstein

Co-Founder and Organizer

Anna helped create Letters to a Pre-Scientist while getting her Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley. Being from rural North Carolina herself, she understood the importance of a good science education, and she wanted to help inspire students to keep working hard in school. She wants the pre-scientists to realize that science is more than just a list of facts in a textbook; it can be a tool for bringing positive change to people’s lives. She also wants to give scientists the opportunity to reach out and see what a difference they can make in the lives of young people.

Anna currently lives in Massachusetts and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Belfer Center in Harvard Kennedy School, researching energy technology innovation policy.

Macon Lowman

Co-Founder and Organizer


Macon previously taught 6th grade science in a rural, low-income community in eastern North Carolina. Wanting to expand her student’s global understanding and connection to science disciplines, she created Letters to a Pre-Scientist in 2010 with the help of Anna Goldstein. While teaching, Macon witnessed how lack of health care access and education regarding healthy behaviors negatively impacted her students ability to learn. Passionate about the interconnection between education and health disparities, she left the classroom to pursue her Masters of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Over the past few years, she has worked with non-profits and NGOs bridging healthcare access among minority populations by managing programs related to smoking cessation, cancer screening, HIV/AIDS education, and children’s health insurance enrollment. Currently, she is spending one year in NYC rotating through health clinics to gain clinical experience within public health. Macon is excited to see LPS adapt and grow in its 7th year running, and is looking forward to leading our team of classroom coordinators.

Lucy Madden



Lucy got involved with LPS when she taught seventh grade science at Neal Middle School in Durham, North Carolina with Teach For America for two years. She implemented the program at her school in 2012, where her 100 students benefited from the wise and kind words of scientists from around the world. They learned that individuals define success differently and about the hard work it takes to become a scientist. They were exposed to the broad application of science in the real world and experienced the wonderful suspense of waiting for snail mail! In August 2013, she packed up her life and took a cross country road trip with her boyfriend ending in California, where she is currently calling home. Lucy is excited to start her fifth year teaching 6th grade science at Equitas Academy in Los Angeles, CA.

Jaleal Sanjak


Jaleal is a Ph.D. student at UC Irvine, studying evolutionary and population genetics and their applications in understanding human disease. Before starting graduate school, Jaleal spent time working in Washington, DC for a public health and bio-defense consulting firm. He has been a pen pal in the program since 2012 and had the opportunity to volunteer in Letters to a Pre-Scientist classrooms twice. Jaleal is now very excited to be working directly with the program and for the chance to get other scientists involved!

Aliyah Weinstein

Social Media Coordinator

aliyah-headshotAliyah is a PhD candidate in the Department of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on how to manipulate the signals controlling the immune system’s response to solid tumors. Aliyah did her undergraduate work in molecular biology & biochemistry and French literature at Rutgers University in New Jersey, and has previously worked at Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia) and Cordeliers Research Center (Paris). Early in her graduate studies, Aliyah realized that her love of writing could be meshed with her love of science. Since then, she has sought opportunities to communicate science to the public, and is excited to continue that work with LPS this year!



Patrick Chen

Data Management Specialist

PatrickPatrick is a Software Engineer in Seattle Washington where he works at a consultancy specializing in ERP software development. Patrick holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Washington and a Masters in Information Science from the University of North Carolina. As someone who pursued a career in technology without a engineering degree, he understands the importance of democratizing technology and making tools readily available to anyone with an interest in creating something cool. Patrick has developed software for all sorts of clients in all sorts of fields from Fortune 500 companies to his friends’ rock bands.