Gita Deva '19: Scholarship Opens the Door to Global Impact

Gita Deva ’19 (Sid Rich), Bioengineering Major

Chicago native, Rice Annual Fund Scholar, participant in the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership

Gita Deva ’19 decided to pursue an education in bioengineering after high school engineering classes opened her eyes to the impact of prosthetics and other medical devices on people’s lives. When she learned about Rice’s top-tier engineering program, the campus’s proximity to the Texas Medical Center and the university’s strong alumni community, she knew that becoming an Owl could make her goals a reality.

“Rice’s commitment to innovation motivates me to use bioengineering to create global impact in the future.” — Gita Deva ’19

Scholarship support has given Gita the freedom to focus on her academic pursuits and long-term goals. “This support enables me to focus my energy on the incredible hands-on research opportunities at Rice,” says the Rice Annual Fund Scholar, who worked with a team of classmates in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen to create fog-resistant eye protection for surgeons in low-resource, warm-climate regions like Malawi. “As an undergraduate student, it’s amazing to be given the chance to design devices that improve human health and wellbeing.”

As Gita continues to build toward a future in medical device engineering, she has already started to take advantage of the university’s far-reaching alumni community. “Sallyportal has been an essential tool for me to connect with alumni who are working in the industry,” she notes. “I could not be pursuing my dreams at Rice without their advice and generosity.”

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