Suhaily Penix is currently pursuing her doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Brandeis University. Accomplished in the sciences, Suhaily has received many awards and recognitions including being named as one of the 29 Who Shine by the Department of Higher Education recognizing the best students from the 29 state universities and colleges. She graduated from Mass Bay Community College with a GPA of 3.99 and completed her bachelor’s degree in Biology at Wellesley College.
In March of 2015, she received Honorable Mention from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, the awarding body for the highest and most prestigious undergraduate prize in science, engineering, and mathematics, competing with students from research powerhouses like Harvard and MIT. Mrs. Penix was the only student nationwide from a community college to receive such an honor. She was also awarded The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship which is the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country. Selection criteria focused on academic ability and achievement, financial need, persistence, leadership, and a desire to help others. Suhaily Penix began her studies at Mass Bay Community College, in large part to show her three daughters, ages 15, 11, and 8, how important it is to make education a priority.