COS '23

Nicole Page

Nicole Page shows it all—leadership, volunteerism, academic integrity, and commitment to Northeastern. Additionally, she shows an amazing level of entrepreneurism.

Set to graduate in May with a B.S. in biochemistry and minor in Spanish, Nicole, who holds a 3.98 GPA, founded and leads Northeastern’s Women’s Research Engagement Network , a student-led program aimed at supporting female-aligned students interested in research on campus. She also created the WREN Summit, the nation’s first interdisciplinary undergraduate research conference that highlights the achievements of women.

Nicole also serves as chief education officer of Community HealthEd, a 501(c)(3) organization, leading teams of over 55 to create and distribute educational health newsletters.  She self-developed a clinical research co-op with the MGH Paralysis Center and is currently a clinical research coordinator at the Center for Rare Neurological Diseases at MGH, where she will continue full-time after graduation. She will manage clinical trials for patients with adrenoleukodystrophy, a neurodegenerative disease.

An experienced flautist, Nicole is president of the Northeastern Wind Ensemble and conducts various chamber ensembles. She has been a research assistant in the Music, Imaging, and Neural Dynamics lab on campus since her freshman year. “I work on research related to how music affects the brain, particularly of those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related disorders.” Currently, she is completing Honors in the Discipline in Biochemistry in the lab of professor Psyche Loui, who says, “I believe Nicole is a rising star in the field of music and medicine and will be a leader in academics, research, and clinical work.”

Nicole has served the community in many ways. As part of Boston Partners in Education, she taught weekly tutoring sessions in STEM 1:1 to Boston Public Schools students, including those with learning disabilities. In 2020, Nicole assisted rural village members in Ecuador to restore a community center as part of NU ACES. She also tutored English to immigrant class members through the Potencia organization in Bedford, Massachusetts and was a patient escort for both English- and Spanish-speaking patients at MGH.

Her clinical experience includes being a newborn hearing screening technician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a nursing assistant at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston.

Nicole has been much lauded and awarded for her accomplishments, having received the Joseph A. Coolidge Award for “leadership, service, and achievement,” the Hanson Creative Writing Award for a poetry chapbook submission, and the Sears B. Condit Honor Award for “outstanding scholastic achievement.”

Biology professor Johanna Farkas says of Nicole, “I count her efforts among the most impressive things I have ever seen a student do, and she possesses an exceptionally rare level of initiative, creativity, and leadership.”

I believe Nicole is a rising star in the field of music and medicine and will be a leader in academics, research, and clinical work.”

Professor Psyche Loui