GSO Teaching Fellow: Noel-Marie Plonski

Meet Noel-Marie Plonski, one of our veteran graduate student orientation (GSO) teaching fellows who is pursuing her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences – cellular and molecular biology with a focus in genetics. Read on to learn more about her favorite places in Kent, what she enjoys doing in her free time and what advice she has for incoming graduate students.


GSO teaching fellow Noel-Marie Plonski

Where is your hometown?

Chesterland, Ohio

Why did you decide to come to Kent State?

I loved the enriched program that helps students on their journeys, the family atmosphere and the exceptional faculty.

What is your favorite place in Kent?

Wild Papaya Thai Cuisine

What advice do you have for new graduate students?

Move moment to moment and enjoy every part – even the tough days. Find something in your work that day that you are passionate about. Remember the reason you decided to go to graduate school and focus on that to get you through.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

I own a rabbitry called Best Fuzzy Friends, where we breed and sell English Angoras. I also enjoy biking, hiking, camping and running. I am a den leader and science counselor for my five kids’ Cub Scout pack.