Scholar of the Week

Michelle Thinh Nguyen
Colorado School of Mines

Since a young age, Michelle Thinh Nguyen has understood the importance of supporting and helping others, whether it be her own family, her peers or a member of the community. Through her academic excellence, continued dedication to helping others in need and her involvement with her college community, Michelle was awarded the Chevron Scholarship at the 2019 GMiS Conference. Michelle is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM), with an expected graduation date in May 2021.

Family has always been important to Michelle, and even though many of her relatives live in Vietnam, Michelle always felt their love and support. At an early age, her parents divorced, and she lived with her mother and three siblings. While she and her siblings went through difficult financial times, her family never stopped encouraging her to learn and excel in school. In addition to personal activities, Michelle found joy in helping and sharing knowledge with others, volunteering as a Bible-school teacher’s helper at her local church. Inspired by her volunteer work, she joined the National Junior Honor Society, happy to give as much back to her community as she could.

In high school, Michelle sought ways to help her classmates, such as becoming a student assistant for Spanish classes, sharing her academic excellence in tutoring programs, and volunteering with her school’s National Honor Society (NHS) and Spanish National Honor Society (SNHS). Through her charity work, Michelle found peace in continuously learning about and experiencing Hispanic culture, particularly through its rich musical and dancing heritages.

At CSM, Michelle’s passion for learning was matched only by her willingness to help others; she immediately became involved in the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Alongside her volunteer work, Michelle has served as a research assistant at CSM in the Mining Wastewater Project and the Improving Campus Infrastructure Project.

Currently, Michelle works as an assistant for the CSM Multicultural Engineering Program, and a student advocate at the University’s Residence Life Program. Michelle passionately serves as Secretary Chair of SASE and is a proud member of the CSM Tango team. Through her dedication to STEM outreach, Michelle hopes to become an inspiration to students to persevere in the face of adversity, sharing, “I want them to see how learning is amazing even if there are hardships in life.” For her academic achievements and her continued work in sharing the joy of learning, GMiS is proud to recognize Michelle as the Scholar of the Week and hopes she can share her inspiration with many others.

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