NECC Creates New Award to Honor STEM Student Achievers
Three high-achieving Northern Essex Community College STEM students recently became the first to receive the Knights of the STEM Table Award, recognizing academic achievements in the face of obstacles.
The inaugural group included Angela Reppucci-Mathieu of Methuen, an environmental science major; Robert Moeller of Andover, an electrical engineering major; and Aranxa Pena-Mendez of Lawrence, a computer information science major.
Three students will be selected for the honor each semester, based on nominations from faculty. Students receive a certificate presented by Northern Essex President Lane Glenn at an event held in the STEM Center.
Moeller plans to transfer to UMass Lowell to continue his education after receiving his degree from Northern Essex this spring. Based on his success, his advice to Northern Essex students is “Don’t skip steps!”
Pena-Mendez is a computer information science transfer student from Lawrence, who graduated from Northern Essex in December 2018. She hopes to one day get her bachelor’s degree in her field and to complete an internship in computer science. During her time at Northern Essex Pena-Mendez was involved in activities such as the STEM academy in 2017, and “The Pipeline from School to Industry” Panel in Spring 2018. She is “grateful that my efforts have been recognized by other people,” and “will continue to work hard to achieve my goals.”
Reppucci-Mathieu is a 2015 graduate of Salem High School. Her goal is to transfer to UMass Boston or UMass Lowell after graduating from Northern Essex and pursue a career as a field scientist. She is applying to internships for this summer. Reppucci-Mathieu says “I am happy to see my hard work paying off and I’m looking forward to continue working towards my future career in STEM.”
To learn more about STEM Programs offered at Northern Essex, visit the website.