Holy Redeemer stu­dent ac­cepted into U of A re­search po­si­tion

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While many stu­dents will be get­ting sum­mer jobs in and around Ed­son, there is one stu­dent who will have an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity with her sum­mer po­si­tion.

Holy Redeemer grade 11 stu­dent Noemi Napoles has been ac­cepted into the Women in Schol­ar­ship, En­gi­neer­ing, Sci­ence, and Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Al­berta.

“I’m very ex­cited for this op­por­tu­nity,” says Napoles, 16, who was one of only 40 stu­dents ac­cepted into the Pro­gram. “I’m very ner­vous about it, but it’s an ex­cited kind of ner­vous.”

The Pro­gram is a six-week work place­ment start­ing in July where stu­dents will work along­side dif­fer­ent pro­fes­sors in a va­ri­ety of re­search fields in­clud­ing sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, and math (STEM). The Pro­gram fo­cusses on in­spir­ing fe­male in­ter­est in fields that have his­tor­i­cally been dom­i­nated by males.

“When I think about that these fields have very few women, I know I have a lot of work ahead of me,” says Napoles. “But I’m tak­ing it one step at a time to get ahead. This is just one of those steps that will get me into what I hope to do as a ca­reer.” Her fu­ture goals in­clude tak­ing Chem­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing at the U of A when she grad­u­ates high school in 2019. “This is great way to get some ex­pe­ri­ence.”

To ap­ply for the po­si­tion, Napoles had to write a per­sonal es­say on how she will con­trib­ute to the pro­gram and how will the ex­pe­ri­ence as­sist her in the fu­ture, as well as sub­mit two let­ters of ref­er­ence and her high school tran­scripts.

“We are very ex­cited that one of our stu­dents has been ac­cepted into this Pro­gram.” Says Sci­ence Teacher Becky Gantz. “This speaks vol­umes of the ef­fort and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude our stu­dents put into their work.”

On top of gain­ing an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, the Pro­gram is also a paid po­si­tion. “I love all the sciences,” says Napoles. But when asked which one she loves the most, she said, “Chem­istry. It’s so amaz­ing that a lot of times you can’t see some­thing hap­pen­ing, but it’s there. It’s how life is formed.”

In ad­di­tion, Napoles is ex­cited to meet new peo­ple. “These are peo­ple who share the same love as sciences as me. So that’s go­ing to be very cool.”

Need­less to say, Napoles will have a lot of cool sto­ries to say when she re­turns to school in Septem­ber.

If you would like more in­for­ma­tion on this ar­ti­cle please feel free to con­tact the school at 780-723-7437, visit our web­site at holyre­deemer­high.ca or join our Face­book page: “Holy Redeemer High School” or our Twit­ter ac­count: @holyre­deemer­hig.

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Holy Redeemer grade 11 stu­dent Noemi Napoles was one of 40 stu­dents ac­cepted into the Women in Schol­ar­ship, En­gi­neer­ing, Sci­ence, and Tech­nol­ogy Pro­gram at the Univer­sity of Al­berta. This sum­mer re­search pro­gram gives stu­dents the skills and knowl­edge that they need to suc­ceed in univer­sity and sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing, and tech­nol­ogy fields.

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