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Welcome to the Givens Laboratory! Our laboratory focuses on developing sustained-release treatments for endometrial cancer. Endometrial cancer has high mortality rates in the United States and very few chemotherapy options. Our goal is to expand the range of effective chemotherapeutic options and access to these. We believe in an approach that solves healthcare problems using scientific advances in the laboratory and in healthcare policy. 


  • Ashbey Manning won third-place poster at the AIChE Annual Student Conference in the Food, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotechnology division! Excellent work!
  • Ashbey Manning won second-place in the Office of Undergraduate Research 5-Minute Fast Track Competition, Way to go!
  • Claire Rowlands has given her first podium presentation at the 2022 AIChE National Conference! Great work!
  • Claire Rowlands has received the 2022 AIChE Women in Chemical Engineering Travel Award. Congratulations Claire!
  • Ashbey Manning is currently taking a break from lab to do a co-op with ThermoFisher in Cincinnati! We look forward to welcoming you back in Fall 2023!
  • Lab alum Zachary Beickman has started his PhD at Purdue University! We look forward to all of your accomplishments that are sure to come!
  • Dr. Givens has received the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities!
  • Claire Rowlands passed her Qualifying Exam on 4/8/22 to become a PhD candidate! Congratulations, Claire!
  • Claire Rowlands has received Honorable Mention in the 2022 NSF GRFP! Congratulations, Claire!
  • The lab space is operational! Graduate students have begun conducting experiments in the laboratory and are actively collecting data. Congratulations

Join the team

Interested Graduate Students: Interested graduate students should apply to the Chemical Engineering graduate program, and are welcome to contact the PI directly during this process. We are not currently accepting graduate students for the 2024 - 2025 Academic Year.

Interested Undergraduate Students: Interested undergraduate students within the CME department who wish to join the lab as CME395 students must be able to commit to 3 credit hours within one calendar year. 

Students who are interested in the lab, but do not wish to or are unable to complete work for credit are also welcome. Students should email the PI with a current resume and statement of interest in the research of the lab for consideration.

In this lab we believe...

Black fist in Juneteenth color scheme

Black Lives Matter

Circles connected by a line to represent a polymer chain

Polymers are awesome

Progress Pride Flag: Includes explicit transgender representation with rainbow flag

You Belong Here

Stick figure people in an assortment of colors

Diversity Fuels Innovation

Shelf of Books

In Supporting Banned Books

Select UN Sustainable Development Goals that pertain to the laboratory: Good Health and Well-being, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

In A Better Future For All