2018 Hoyas for Science Recipient
M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy & Advocacy
Before coming to Georgetown’s Biomedical Graduate Education, Larissa studied at the University of Nevada where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Political Science.
Why did you choose Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University?
I choose Biomedical Graduate Education at Georgetown University due to my lifelong desire to be a Hoya and to study how health care and science influence policy right in the nation’s capital.
As a Hoyas for Science Scholarship recipient, you were selected because your application “demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters’ level.” What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?
At Georgetown University, I hope to gain a broader understanding of how mental health, women’s health, and biosecurity may be developed and strengthened through policy and involvement. The program I am in prepares me for a career in both the public and private sectors. With my neuroscience background as a foundation, I hope to apply the Georgetown coursework into my future by advocating for patients and for general public health.
What is your life motto for overcoming challenges and/or supporting diversity and cultural understanding?
During challenging situations, I think of Milton Berle’s saying “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Creating your own path is often the first move.