Noyce Interns

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The Noyce Summer Internship

The Noyce Summer Internship Program is designed to give students who are considering a teaching career the opportunity to work as a teaching intern. 

Students chosen as Noyce interns will complete an 8 week science/math summer camp internship, volunteering in a program designed for K–12 students and participating in teaching related discussions with fellow interns. 

Each intern will be placed with and trained by one of our partner organizations.  The program is designed to help students make a decision about teaching as a career option.  In addition to working in an established science education program, interns will participate in the Noyce Colloquium, a series of seminars designed specifically to highlight issues related to teaching with a focus on math and science




Summer of 2013 Noyce Interns

(left to right) Erich Eberts, Laura Calcara, Sarah Jayawardene, Mackenzie Domann,

Alexandra Horvath, Shiffa Iqbal, Veronica Pintor, & Elizabeth Dawkins.


Erich Bio PicMy name is Erich Eberts and I am freshman biology major from Somers, New York. I enjoy biking, hiking, playing soccer and spending time with friends. I am very enthusiastic about doing service, specifically working with children and mentally or physically disabled people.



Laura Bio PicLaura Calcara is a freshman Electrical Engineering Major in the Honors Program at LMU, and is looking forward to studying abroad in Germany for the Fall 2013 semester. She graduated as salutatorian from Ramona High School in San Diego, CA where she was active in the soccer and dance programs. In her free time Laura enjoys going to the beach, hiking, and spending time with friends. Finally, she is incredibly excited about having the opportunity to spend the summer working at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium through NOYCE, and knows this will be an experience she will cherish in the future.


Sarah Bio PicI am a rising sophomore Biochemistry major from Fairfield, Ca. When I graduate from LMU , I plan on going to medical school to become a obstetrician/gynecologist or a pediatrician and would love to have my own practice. I really enjoy working with animals and children and I think NOYCE is the perfect opportunity for me to put that into practice. My dream in life is to be able to take what I learn in medical school and apply it to philanthropic work in third world countries


Mackenzie Bio PicMackenzie Domann is a sophomore at LMU majoring in civil engineering with an environmental focus and is minoring in secondary education mathematics. She is from West Linn, Oregon. After college Mackenzie hopes to go into the environmental engineering field for a few years and then eventually go back to school and get her masters in teaching. Mackenzie hopes that the NOYCE internship experience will help her learn more about what it means to be a teacher. She is looking forward to this amazing experience.


Alexandra Bio PicMy name is Alexandra Horvath and I am Freshman Biochemistry major. I from Palos Verdes Estates, California and I wanted to do this Internship because I enjoy teaching children about the joys of science and math. My hobbies include reading, biking, walking my dog, and working with children. My future carrier plans are to get my Master’s degree in Biochemistry at the University of Southern California and then get a job as a forensic scientist. If this works out, I hope to later on become a high school chemistry teacher.


Shiffa Bio PicMy name is Shiffa Iqbal and I am an Engineering major from Bakersfield, CA. I plan to graduate as an Electrical Engineer and use my degree to pursue a career in National Security. Though this is a goal I am intent on reaching, my major goal is to become a teacher, teaching in a non-profit environment. I hope to put forth an effort to teach children living in underprivileged areas and possibly even in a foreign country. I hope the Noyce Internship will aid me and allow me to become closer to achieving my goals.


Veronica IIMy name is Veronica Pintor and I am from Mission Viejo, California. I am currently a biochemistry major at Loyola Marymount University. I am super excited to be part of the NOYCE Internship Program and I look forward to a summer full of learning, science, and working with children! My future plans included working with children as either a math/science teacher or going into the medical field in the area of orthopedics. Some of my hobbies include being outdoors/active, listening to country music, and most importantly spending time with my family and friends.


Elizabeth Bio PicMy name is Elizabeth Dawkins. I am a Biology major and want to be an equine veterinarian. I fell in love with biology when I was in high school because I had an amazing biology professor. Being a science major has opened my eyes to the wonders of the natural world and how much there is waiting to be discovered. I look forward to the many wonderful years ahead of me as a scientist.





‌‌2014 Interns

 Summer of 2014 Noyce Interns

(left to right) Back Row: Mitchell Braun, John Waggoner, Shannon McCarty, Nicole Orban, & Luis Mendez

Front Row: Sylvana Santos, Jessica Ann P. Aquino, Katelynn Barkley,  Kelly Hunter,

& Rulla Al-khayat, (not pictured)


Mitch Bio PicMitchell Braun is an upcoming sophomore Biology student in the Honors program at Loyola Marymount University. He is completing pre-medical requirements in the hope of going to medical school to become a doctor. Open to different career paths as well, Mitchell is looking for experiences that will give him a taste of future careers in the sciences. Mitchell enjoys getting involved in his community through organizations and service. He is a member of the service organization Sursum Corda and has been actively involved in the American Cancer Society since sophomore year of high school, mainly helping to plan annual fundraising events. In addition to this, Mitchell enjoys running, learning new things, and spending time with friends and family.


John Bio PicJohn Waggoner is a rising Sophomore biology major who comes from a long line of biology educators. He is from Los Angeles, California. John hopes to earn a PhD and/or an MD so as to work for the military or the CDC. Infectious disease is John's passion but he hopes to one day educate youths to increase understanding and interest in science among adolescents.





Shannon Bio PicShannon McCarty is a rising sophomore majoring in Health and Human Sciences. She grew up in the Los Angeles area and is currently interning at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro. She is the Vice President of the LMU Swing Club and wishes to extend a welcome to anyone interested in learning how to swing dance. In her free time she enjoys ballroom dancing, baking, and recreational photography. One of her favorite things to do is to have a nice hot cup of tea when it is paired with a good book and a warm blanket. After this summer Shannon will join the Tower Yearbook as the Assistant Business Director for her second year on staff. She looks forward to what can only be a very exciting year.



Nicole Bio PicMy name is Nicole Orban and I am a rising sophomore at LMU with a double major in Biochemistry and Theology. I want to go to medical school to eventually be a pediatric oncologist. I am from Redlands, California and I was interested in the NOYCE internship because I want to work with kids in the future, and I have considered teaching and would like to explore it further.





Luis Bio PicMy name is Luis Mendez from Huntington Park, California and I am an Electrical Engineer major. Some of my hobbies include swimming, rollerblading, eating, and playing soccer and video games. In the future, I hope to be able to work for a nonprofit organization that allows me to benefit my community. I would also like to start engineering programs at schools that are not fortunate enough to be exposed to the engineering field. I hope NOYCE will help me pursue my goals by learning how to develop and carry out programs for schools, similar to the one found at the California Science Center, where I intern.



Susana Bio PicMy name is Sylvana Santos. I am a sophomore, engineering major from Los Angeles. After school, I hope to work with renewable energy, putting to use the knowledge and experience I gain at LMU. I also want to share my passion for math and science with the youth. Eventually, I would like to become a middle school teacher, or work as an educator for a non profit organization. I know that NOYCE will be an important stepping stone toward this goal, and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me.




Jo Bio PicJessica Ann P. Aquino is a rising sophomore at LMU majoring in biology and minoring in English. She is from Sun Valley, CA. After graduating, she plans on attending a school of dentistry, and then pursuing a career as a dentist. She also wishes to go to underprivileged countries and provide nonprofit service for those who cannot afford dental care. She hopes this wonderful NOYCE internship will be able to help her form skills in educating youth about the importance of dental hygiene.





Kate IIHello, I am Katelynn Barkley, a rising junior Biology and Sociology student from Los Angeles, California, interested in working with children. Although unsure about whether I desire to be an elementary school educator or a pediatrician, I will pursue my interest in child development. I am a UCLA Care Extender intern, a history teaching assistant and I have participated as a HHMI pancreatic cancer cell researcher at UCLA. Through gaining experience in the medical field and education field as a LMU Noyce intern, I will be better directed on my career path




Kelly Bio PicMy name is Kelly Hunter, and I am from Canoga Park, California. I am an incoming sophomore Biochemistry Major at Loyola Marymount University. I love the field of science, problem solving, and interacting with others, specifically kids. I hope to be able to continue both of these activities in a future career. At LMU, I am involved with Campus Ministry as a sacristan as well as in Christian Life Community. I am also a member of Sursum Corda Service Organization. I love giving my time to others and helping them in any way possible. My other activities include reading, playing soccer, and spending time with my family. I love science and cannot wait to continue learning about it for the rest of my life!



Rula Bio PicRulla Al-khayat is a sophomore from Orange County, CA. She is majoring in Biology and minoring in Business. Her hobbies include listening to music, yoga, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her “biggest support system”, her family. She plans on attending medical school after LMU and eventually specializing in dermatology. Her ultimate life goals are to own a skin care line and to travel the world with the love of her life during retirement.











2014-2015 Scholars


2014-2015 Noyce Scholars

(left to right) Ruby-Ann Manalaysay, Justino Franco and Jonathan Isozaki









What Our Scholars are Doing Now


Benefits of Being a Noyce Scholar


For more information, please contact Dr. Carolyn M. Viviano, the director of the Noyce program at (310)338-7828, or send a message to