Olivia Pavco-Giaccia

Olivia Pavco-Giaccia recently graduated from Yale University with a degree in neuroscience. Long passionate about encouraging and engaging girls in the sciences, Olivia was selected to serve as a Fellow in Yale’s prestigious Entrepreneurial Institute, where she is working to launch her newest venture, LabCandy, a social enterprise whose mission is to stoke young girls’ interest in STEM.

Olivia has collaborated with a variety of girl-serving initiatives including the Emmy Award winning PBS television show SciGirls, Johns Hopkins’ Cogito magazine, as well as the National Girls Collaborative Project. 

Prior to joining Yale, Olivia worked as a researcher in laboratories at both Georgetown University and Stanford University, the latter research serving as the basis for her selection as a Siemens Semi-Finalist. Her background and focus on the synergies between science and girl-centric, social activism have led to a number of speaking opportunities and community leadership roles, including participation in the annual USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, the National Geographic JASON Argonauts program, and Think Social, a Yale think tank dedicated to exploring innovative ideas for positive social impact. 

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys riding horses and playing her cello with the Yale Symphony and with the all-cello rock group, Low Strung.