Meet Kayla Thomas
Meet Kayla Thomas, a sophomore double majoring in Biology and Child Development and a member of the inaugural class of TCU’s STEM Scholar. Kayla received the Experiential Projects to Impact the Community (EPIC) Grant in spring 2019. Over the past year, she has established her own mentoring program in partnership with the Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences. Her program, Molding Melanin Magic, is a mentorship program that serves minority females in their sophomore or junior year of high school, that wish to pursue a career in a STEM field.
The goal of the program is to strive to achieve both personal and professional development while also building lifelong friendships. I wanted to create a way to prepare younger girls for the rigors of pursuing a STEM career in college.
The program was established in August of 2019 and currently consists of 10 mentees and 5 mentors. All mentors are current female students pursuing a STEM degree at TCU. The program consists of a series of 10 meetings in the 2019-2020 academic school year. Each meeting the main topic is discussed and concludes with small group sessions. There is a wide range of topics covered, such as college applications, resume building, financial literacy, as well as physical and mental health.