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STEM Students Meet the Scientist


STEM Club Meeting

Students interested in getting involved in the STEM Club at Nash Community College attended an informational meeting Thursday, January 30, 2020. In addition to learning about club activities, students heard from two alumni, Ismael Gomez and Trina Phan, about what life is like as a university student and researcher.

Ismael Gomez is a Ph.D. student at UNC-Chapel Hill. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from UNC-CH in 2018. Having worked in two research labs at UNC during his undergraduate career, he continued as a research assistant after graduating. Ismael studied cell differentiation and cancer dynamics. Last fall he began his Ph.D. work in The Biological & Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP) where he is in his third lab rotation working in cell biology.
Trina Phan graduated from NCC with an Associate in Science degree in 2018 with honors. She is an intern in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Scholars Connect Program. Trina is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Genetics at NC State University. Her internship is in a Reproductive Endocrinology lab in the Division of the National Toxicology Program at the NIEHS. In her internship, Trina is studying how exposure to certain chemicals affects the development of babies. She is interested in reproductive biology and plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

The NCC STEM Club provides opportunities to develop critical thinking and advocacy skills in mathematics and promotes the development of organized science activities. Students participate in activities that help develop leadership skills, critical thinking, and advocacy skills in the field.