Olivia Pura attended Northwestern University, where she graduated with honors in biochemistry and Slavic languages. This fall, Olivia will begin the Biochemistry & Biophysics Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago, bringing her one step closer to her dream of becoming a professor.
Though born and raised in Illinois, this 22-year-old is proud to be a first-generation Polish-American. Her favorite ways to spend time include attending concerts, scouting the best coffee shops in Chicago, and goofing off with her three younger siblings. If crowned Miss USA, Olivia will continue her advocacy for female equality in S.T.E.M. fields.
At just 19 years old, I became a published scientific author and have earned over $10,000 in grants for my cancer research.
Though I hail from the flat state of Illinois, the mountains are home for my inner athlete. Being raised by two avid skiers of the Alps, I skied for the first time at just 20 months old!
Inspired by my own baby blanket (that I still sleep with every night!), I created the Blanket Buddies Project fundraiser. The BBP raised $3,500, enough money to provide over 300 hand-tied blankets for pediatric cancer patients in Illinois!
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