Noel spent the summer of 2017 and 2018 working in the lab of Dr. Adam Smith to find more efficient ways to generate methane rich biogas to be used as an energy source. By experimenting with different metals and bacteria, their research looked for combinations that produced the most gas. Biogas is a cleaner energy source and could be generated by using food waste and other discarded materials, which can positively impact the environment.
When speaking to Noel back in 2017 about her experience as a SAILL intern, Noel shared, “Having research experience in a science laboratory as a high schooler is invaluable. It helped me realize that I want to pursue research in whatever career I take part in.”