February 02, 2016
In her fourth year of graduate school at New York University, Kylie Manning '12 has her sights set on working in the beauty industry with skin care, cosmetics or personal care items.
"I want to help people feel more confident in themselves, and one way to do that is through keeping your skin beautiful," she shares.
A chemistry major at Susquehanna, Manning was drawn to the school because it was close to home, had a beautiful campus and classes were small.
She's particularly grateful for the close relationship she formed with Professor of Chemistry Geneive Henry while doing her undergraduate research.
"My student research really helped me to gain confidence in the lab and using my hands. I felt very comfortable jumping right into things when I arrived at NYU," Manning says. "[Dr. Henry] had a big influence on my career and also gave great life advice when appropriate. I look up to her a lot as a woman in science."
Hard work is the foundation of becoming a good scientist, Manning advises current and future chemistry students.
"You have to be adaptable, hard-working, able to make quick changes, abandon something when experiments keep failing, but have the drive to solve the problem in a new way. Failure is a part of the process, but one must be able to learn from mistakes and move forward," she says.