Lovelace Fund for Discovery Spotlight: Lydia Owens ’27 on learning from public health researchers in Boston

News & Spotlights | March 27, 2024
Two women stand inside the Klaviyo offices. There are snake plants and a screen behind them.
Lydia Owens ’27, on left, and Immy Schofield ’16, a product analyst manager at the marketing automation company Klaviyo in Boston.

Over spring break, Lydia Owens ’27 went to Boston with a Lovelace Fund for Discovery grant to explore her interests in how health and technology intersect.

The scholar connected with research specialists from Ariadne Labs to learn about monitoring and evaluation; met with professors and post-docs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health to hear about their current research projects and to receive advice on academic training; and shadowed Immy Schofield ’16, a product analyst manager at the marketing automation company Klaviyo, to learn about data science and product analytics.

“It was awesome to learn how to apply my skills from biostatistics and health sciences to product-based challenges,” she said of her experience at Klaviyo. “I hope to bring everything I have learned through this Lovelace Fund project back to UNC–Chapel Hill to continue to research technological solutions to pressing health issues.”

The scholar also attended the Center for Integration Science Symposium hosted by the Center for Integration Science in Global Health Equity.

“I learned about the many important sociocultural aspects of care modeling and delivery that greatly impact global health processes,” Lydia said.

Lovelace Fund for Discovery grants enable scholars to say “yes” to opportunities that will accelerate their life experience and increase their self-awareness.