Michaela Rikard
Michaela Rikard PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
North Carolina State University, 2016, B.S. Biomedical Engineering

“I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. The Grand Challenge Scholars Program and my trip to the White House helped me realize my passion for science policy and advocacy. Engineers and scientists are vital for informing sound science policy. I am starting an initiative with other graduate students at UVA to create a symposium and student organization for graduate students interested in careers in science policy. I hope to eventually pursue a AAAS fellowship after graduation.”