Election Year: 2020
Election Constituency: United States of America
Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence
Rhodes Identifier: Pennsylvania & Magdalen 2020
Olivia J. McGinnis, Phoenixville, is a senior at Harvard University where she is pursuing an A.B. in Neuroscience. Olivia's undergraduate thesis analyzes zebrafish escape response to gain insight into their internal models of their environment and how such models might be biologically instantiated to bias escapes. Olivia's research complements her studies in understanding how the human brain works as a complex set of circuits to achieve behavior. Olivia is the Editor-in-Chief and Head of Design of Ecdysis, a student-run journal dedicated to building bridges between the sciences and the humanities. She is also a committed volunteer at Alzheimer's Buddies, which supports individuals grappling with advanced Alzheimer's disease. At Oxford, Olivia will continue her studies in psychology.