Kayce Noonan was awarded NovoThelium's inaugural Excellence in Research Scholarship for outstanding research achievement. Ms. Noonan has served as our undergraduate research intern during the 2016-2017 academic year.
"I am so thankful to be the recipient of this elite award and scholarship and for this incredible opportunity. My experience with NovoThelium has greatly influenced my decision to pursue a career in STEM. My time with these amazing women and this company has been so positive and uplifting for me as a future scientist and so empowering as a woman in STEM. This scholarship will greatly aid me in my future educational and scientific pursuits.
My mother, being a part of a family of migrant workers, was pulled out of middle school to work in the fields with her brothers and sisters. I remember being in High School working on getting my diploma while she took night classes and studied hard to get her GED. Needless to say, the day she attained her GED was one of happy tears and great empowerment. Though my mother worked all day (and sometimes nights) and through holidays to provide for me and my siblings, the struggle that I now know she felt, never affected us as children. I had a wonderful childhood because of the gumption and tenacity of my loving mother. Since before I could even read, I remember her stressing the importance of getting a good education. She made it impossible not to be a first generation college student.
About two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a scary and trying time, but she approached surgery and chemotherapy with the same perseverance she had for life. Two years later, she is in remission and I decided to quit my job as a Tower Inspector and continue my education in the sciences and pursue this incredible internship.
With a history of breast cancer on both sides of my family and the impending disease in my future, the goals of NovoThelium are very close to my heart. It has been a privilege to work with women that emulate the strong, empowering spirit of my mother on a project that will uplift and enrich the lives of so many breast cancer survivors."