Winners of the M & M Award Announced

Congratulations to the five M & M Awardees in Chemistry for 2015. This year the awardees are:

This year's awardees are:
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Jimmy Huang


Jimmy Huang is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He was a learning assistant for CHM 1046 during the 2013-2014 school year. During the 2014-2015 school year he has been working as a teaching assistant. Recently, Jimmy has started to do work in Dr. Moon’s research lab. Jimmy is currently doing research on organic synthesis of polymers that will ultimately be used for drug delivery. He also volunteers at Miami’s Childress Hospital in the pharmacy department of the hospital helping out the pharmacist and deliver medicine to patients. Jimmy is also currently working on getting his pharmacy tech license. After graduation he hopes to begin pharmacy school.
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Keenan Mintz
Keenan Mintz is a senior majoring in chemistry at Florida International University. During the spring 2013 and fall 2013 semesters, he worked as a Learning Assistant for general chemistry classes. In the spring of 2014 he become a Teaching Assistant in a general chemistry lab. Keenan was also involved in the BBC Science Club. During the 2013-2014 school year he was elected to be the historian for the club. Some of his academic accomplishments include the Dean’s List in spring 2011, fall 2011, spring 2012, fall 2012, and fall 2013. Another achievement is that Keenan is part of the Golden Key Honor Society. In the summer and fall of 2014 he conducted research in a project geared toward the removal of Ochratoxin A from beverages. In his spare time Keenan also volunteers in a tutoring program in his community.

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Jocelyn Nardo


Jocelyn Nardo is currently pursuing a BS in chemistry, as well as a certification in Public & Professional Writing. She is a Cuban American from Pembroke Pines, Florida. After graduation Jocelyn plans to pursue either a Ph.D. or Ed.D which is an education doctorate in chemistry. She hopes to one day be an advocate in reforming the modern education system. During her time as a student, Jocelyn was a learning assistant for Dr. Graves, Dr. Swamy, and Dr. Lichter. Currently, she participating in a new initiative called the Academic Success Plan. This initiative works to help chemistry majors succeed in their studies. Outside of academics, she likes to relax by watching YouTube videos and going to the gym.

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Robert Joseph Wood

Robert Wood is from Miami, Florida and is currently a double major in Chemistry B.A. and Psychology at FIU. He has been a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry since Spring 2013 and a Teaching Assistant for General Chemistry labs since Fall 2013, working with to Dr. Uma Swamy, Dr. Palmer Graves and Dr. Joseph Lichter. He also currently helps Dr. Sandra Stojanovic as a weekly organic chemistry tutor for her class, as well as has served as a Learning Assistant for her Organic I class. Robert is currently a member of Dr. Joong Ho Moon’s research lab as an undergraduate research assistant working on synthetic organic chemistry of biodegradable conjugated fluorescent polymers for multiple uses.

Robert also works with various student organizations. Currently, he is an active member of the Chemistry club and serves as Outreach Coordinator. In this position he has developed a student led program, overseen by Dr. Moon and Dr. Swamy, called the University Experience Program (UEP). This program invites local high school chemistry classes to experience a day in as a chemistry student. The program launched in Spring 2015 and has hosted six high schools to date. He is also one of the leaders in forming a partnership with Medlife club in an effort to link medicine and chemistry as well as leading efforts for new philanthropic partnerships with underrepresented causes. Robert has also won a South Florida American Chemical Society (SOFLACS) travel award for the national meeting in Denver, Colorado to represent the ACS FIU student chapter.

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Marco Eduardo Zamora Bulla

Marco Zamora is currently a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry I. He has been doing this now for the past four semesters alternating between General Chemistry I and II in the Fall and Spring terms respectively. He is also a member of Golden Key Honor Society, Honors College at FIU, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. An active member of both the Chemistry Club and the Biomedical Engineering Society he hopes to take leadership roles in both organizations in the following year. Recently he traveled with the Chemistry Club to Denver, Colorado for the 249th ACS National Convention, where the Chemistry Club won the Commendable award. He also works in Dr. Yuan Liu’s Oxidative DNA Damage and Repair Lab which focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which Base Excision Repair, BER, works and how it factors to genetic or epigenetic stability as tantamount to understanding the creation and progression of cancer and other diseases. Upon graduation Marco hopes to go to graduate school to pursue a PhD in tissue engineering focused on regenerative medicine.

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