Sara Ciavarella

Class of 2018-2019

University of Notre Dame, 2017

Why I chose ESTEEM:

During my senior year at Notre Dame, I became acquainted with many of that year's ESTEEM students who loved telling me all about the program...and why I should apply! What finally convinced me though, weren't words from a friend, but someone else in ESTEEM. She described how she had a group of science friends, a group of volunteering friends, and a group of social-events-attending friends during undergrad, but no group understood how she could be so passionate about the others. In ESTEEM however, she found herself surrounded by people who understood why all of these interests work so well together. Her story struck a chord with me and is why I am here today.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

Over the coming months, I will be collaborating with key team members at Allergy Standards Ltd. to update and modernize their internal information storage and backend systems. I'm excited to work on this project both to learn more about the technology required and about the allergy and asthma friendly certification process. Current limitations to the process could limit smaller companies' ability to bring certified products to market, so I hope my work will contribute to expanding the number and range of allergy and asthma friendly products available.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

After ESTEEM, I hope to work in a science- and business-related field where I can help bring about foundational and institutional changes to better myself, the people I know, and the community surrounding us. The combination of technology, entrepreneurship, and social awareness that we will focus on during the year has the unique ability to strongly and profoundly move us toward a better tomorrow.

What I like to do when I'm not working:

Some of my favorite things to do (outside of working in Innovation Park) are planning ESTEEM events as part of the social committee, clocking the newest makeup trends via my favorite YouTubers, and having sincere, genuine conversations with others.