ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Like many teens entering college, Stacy Copp only had a vague idea of how she could convert the subjects she enjoyed into a job.
It was the guidance of professors and mentoring from older students, Copp said, that helped usher her into her current career as a research scientist. The 29-year-old Albuquerque native and La Cueva High graduate now tries to do the same for students in her field.
L’Oréal USA recently named Copp a 2018 Women in Science fellow. The designation comes with a $60,000 award she can use for her postdoctoral research and her efforts to mentor other students. The program, according to L’Oréal, recognizes women who are making strides in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Copp is one of five women from across the United States chosen to receive the award. She now works as a research scientist at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies in Albuquerque. The center is a joint effort by both Sandia and Los Alamos labs.