Noelle-Erin Romero is a first-generation American and first-generation College student from eastern Pennsylvania. She received her B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA. She received her Ph.D. from the curriculum of genetics and molecular biology (GMB) in 2016 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a graduate program assistant for the Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME), a participant in the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD), and earned research fellowships and training grants through IMSD, GMB, the National Science Foundation, and The Royster Society at The Graduate School at UNC.
Noelle’s research interest was in DNA repair, though her passion was in mentorship and student success. Upon the completion of her Ph.D., Noelle accepted the Program Coordinator role with the Chancellor’s Science Scholars program where she mentors and coaches students in their STEM professional and academic development. In this role, Noelle works with students from all backgrounds to set goals, implement academic success interventions, provide counseling and resources for students facing emotional or mental health challenges, and assist students in developing their scientific research interest and identity.
During her spare time, Noelle likes to spend time learning something new or being creative. As a daily way to be mindless, she will often listen to music or enjoy quiet moments to herself and appreciate the peacefulness, solitude, and beauty around her.
Get to Know Noelle-Erin
How do you identify yourself?
I am Vibrant. I am Scientist. I am Colombiana.
List three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
1. I am terrified of fish and chickens
2. I hate wearing shoes
3. I rarely watch TV shows- it needs a personal recommendation from someone I trust before I commitment to watching.
Whom do you most admire and why?
I admire my students. I am consistently in awe of the work they do, their dedication to the community, and their drive to create an inclusive and equitable future. As a scientist, I love learning, and I enjoy hearing about new research discoveries, which I get to do every day working with early career scientists and student researchers. Witnessing their growth and celebrating in their achievements is a privilege.