First Name

Ava

Last Name

D.

Bio

Ava is currently a sophomore at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is a Presidential Scholar and serves as the Director of Service for USC's Women in Computing organization. Ava is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Spanish. During high school, she took both AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A. She was also a computer science mentor for 4th graders at her local STEM-focused elementary school, where she worked one-on-one with a student in order to facilitate and guide their coding projects in Scratch. Additionally, Ava was the President of Girls STEMming Up, an all-girls club which hosts coding events where moms and young girls can come and learn basic programming skills from club members. Her club was especially important to her because she believes that all women should feel empowered to pursue their interests in STEM and that all girls who are interested in computing deserve to have someone like them who they can look up to. In order to raise money for Girls STEMming Up, Ava had the idea of selling STEMinist shirts online. She took charge of the fundraiser, designing the logo, advertising the shirts online and around town, and organizing the entire distribution process. The fundraiser was able to generate over $500 in profit, 15% of which was donated to the Malala Fund for educating girls around the world. Ava is especially proud of this effort because she knows that she is promoting equality and education for girls both in her hometown and across the globe.