Optimistic, Witty, Practical

“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.”

— Walt Disney



In her sixth year with the 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (SLI), Vibha knows that she wants to pursue her passion for computer science. Through SLI, she has grown not only in technical skills like Computer-Aided Design, Scrum, and design thinking, but also in the program’s core values, especially leadership, communication, and risk-taking. Her personal development from SLI was best highlighted in her speech delivered at the 2017 49ers Winterfest Fundraiser to promote SLI; she described how the program transformed her from a shy, hesitant young girl into a bold, determined, and outspoken leader.
Outside of SLI, Vibha is heavily involved with Girls Who Code, a club that has inspired her to pursue CS, as well the club Girls Achieving in Non-Traditional Subjects (GAINS); she is currently the president of both. Alongside CS, she is also passionate about psychology, education, and female empowerment. Outside of academics, she participates in her school’s varsity girls’ tennis team. Vibha has also dedicated 9 years to Indian classical music, building her vocal control as well as her bond with her culture. In her free time, she enjoys singing, reading, playing card games, and watching TED Talks about obscure topics.

49ers SLI & FabLab

Field Trip Coordinator

2017 & 2019

Organizing field trips to Santa Clara FabLab for elementary students in engineering club

Winterfest Speaker, 2017

At the 49ers Winterfest Fundraiser, Vibha represented SLI and spoke about its personal impact

SLI Tutor, 2018-2019

Assisted ninth and tenth graders of 49ers SLI in Algebra and Trigonometry


The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute (49ers SLI) provides multi-year, year-round academic support, STEM enrichment, skills training, and leadership opportunities to students in middle and high school. Students, who are with the program for six years from 7th through 12th grade, commit annually to 300+ hours of program learning time in addition to their typical school hours. By cultivating student mastery in STEM subjects and in key skill areas, the program prepares students for college and empowers them to pursue their passions; so that they may become the well-rounded leaders of the future. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute is made possible by the strong partnership between Silicon Valley Education Foundation, 49ers Foundation, Chevron, and the Santa Clara Unified School District.

Special Thanks To...

49ers SLI students Danielle B, Stephanie K, & Jennifer L for designing and building this website.

49ers SLI students Iris C, Sriya S, & Lauren L for editing photos for this website

Photographers Thomas Hayes, Barry Fiedler, & Karen Lee Thompson for taking headshots of 49ers SLI seniors

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