Nancy was born in Boston, MA, having parents who arrived in the U.S. from Vietnam in their early twenties. She received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry with a minor in Economics from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. While a student she was also a tour guide, the manager of the Meelia Center for Community Engagement, a mentor for the Multicultural Center, and the class of 2016 fundraising chairperson.
Although Nancy greatly enjoyed her chemistry studies, she knew she would want to get out of the research lab. She discovered the ESTEEM Program and knew it was for her since it appealed to all of her passions -- chemistry, economics, and community engagement.
For her capstone thesis project, Nancy is working with Serim Research to develop a food safety and sanitation product to ensure quality standards in the food manufacturing process. She is also working for Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) validating radioactive and diagnostic drugs for PET scans, and interning with the City of South Bend's Innovation Office implementing a number of community projects. In seeking future employment, she hopes to use the skills gained in ESTEEM to make a positive difference in this world.