2021 George Washington University Neilom Prize Recipient
Giavanna is a senior at George Washington University majoring in biomedical engineering with a double minor in mechanical engineering and political science. In 2021, she received the 2021 GWU Neilom Social Impact Prize.
She first joined Dr. Vesna Zderic’s therapeutic ultrasound laboratory in January 2020 and has since engaged in technical writing, benchwork, and grant proposals. Her work includes an ocular drug delivery project, and developing experimental procedures for applications of therapeutic ultrasound in the thyroid.
Giavanna has a strong passion for empowering women in the STEM field to utilize their voices to create change. She serves as the Vice President for GW Society of Women Engineers and as an active member of Alpha Omega Epsilon, a social-professional engineering sorority dedicated to creating a sense of community among women in the engineering and technical science community.
Giavanna also currently serves as the Director of George Hacks, a student organization focused on interdisciplinary healthcare innovation, after successfully participating in their 2019 Medical Solutions Hackathon and accelerating that venture project to become one of the Top 9 Finalists of 217 teams at the 2019 GW New Venture Competition.
Inspired by her experiences with entrepreneurship and innovation, she spent Summer 2021 working as a Venture Analyst Intern at FedTech, a Washington, D.C.-based venture builder that has been extremely successful in launching and accelerating deep technology across NASA, the DoD, the DoE, universities, and federal labs since its inception in 2015. Within five years, she hopes to make an impactful contribution to the intersection of innovation and federal affairs.
Learn more about Giavanna and connect at her LinkedIn page.