Hometown: Allentown, PA
Biology, Class of 2013
On her first visit to Saint Joseph’s University, Kim Nguyen ’13 discovered a profound spirit unlike any she had encountered before. Her acceptance into the John P. McNulty Scholars Program for Excellence in Science and Math has since afforded her the opportunity to realize that spirit, while pushing the biology major to fulfill her academic potential.
“The McNulty Scholars Program has given me and the other Scholars opportunities that we may not have had the chance to encounter somewhere else,” Nguyen said. “We are trying to climb over barriers that women usually face.”
Entering its third year, the McNulty Scholars Program seeks to inspire young women to strive for leadership roles in science and math. The program provides a four-year scholarship and combines mentorship, summer research, professional internships, a senior capstone experience, and networking and professional development to help its women meet the challenges of these highly competitive fields.
“It’s tough, but they are very helpful,” Nguyen said of the program’s faculty. “I think they are preparing us for greater endeavors.”
As a member of its inaugural class, Nguyen has not yet experienced everything the McNulty Scholars Program has to offer. But her experiences so far have had an impact on her already. Nguyen explained that she has learned of new and exciting opportunities through faculty mentors, has cultivated a love of research as a summer scholar, and has discovered inspirational examples of professional women on the cutting-edge of science and math.
“It’s kind of exciting, not knowing what’s ahead of me,” said Nguyen, who who will be assisting with biochemistry research this summer and hopes to one day attend medical school. “But I know that I’ll grow in the next two years, because I’ve definitely grown already.”
Innovative academic initiatives, like the McNulty Scholars Program, are made possible at Saint Joseph’s through the support of alumni, parents and friends. Your participation and gift to the Saint Joseph’s Fund have a direct impact the experience of Kim Nguyen and other current students.
- Liam Leyden '12