The Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award
The Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award is presented by the Florida International University Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Chemistry majors who will be entering their junior or senior year in the Fall 2016 semester and who have not previously won the award are eligible for the 2015-16 award.
This year's awardees are:
Saskya is currently a Chemistry major, with minors in Biological Sciences and Psychology (with a pre-medical track). She has been working as a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry I since the spring of 2015. She also worked as an academic mentor in Panther Life from spring 2014 to fall 2015. There she discovered an “inexplicable bond” she had with the students as well as a lifelong friendship with her assigned mentee, Krystal. Saskya is a member of the pre-medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon where she has found a research opportunity that will begin this summer, 2016. Academically, she has been part of the Dean's List every semester since she attended FIU in the fall of 2013 and a member of Pi Kappa Phi since fall 2015. In the fall 2014, she participated in the Academy of Leaders where we created a presentation about leadership and team-player skills. After graduation, she plans on starting medical school in 2017, where she will pursue her dreams of becoming a physician.
Ikeoluwapo (Ike) Ibrahim
Ikeoluwapo (Ike) Ibrahim was born in Nigeria, raised in Canada and currently shuffles between Miami and Michigan. She is a junior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Biology. Since 2015, she has worked as an undergraduate Research Assistant in Dr. Yuan Liu’s Oxidative DNA Damage and Repair Lab which focuses on Base Excision Repair mechanisms and their involvement in cancer and other diseases. She has been a General Chemistry Learning Assistant for Dr. Uma Swamy since spring 2014. Ike is involved in Phi Delta Epsilon, the premedical fraternity, and is a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Premedical Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honors Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Honors College. From fall 2014 to spring 2015, Ike was the treasurer of TECHO-FIU. She hopes to pursue a medical and a doctorate degree in a biomedical related field. When she is not studying, she can be found relaxing with friends, watching television or reading a book.
Dennise Montero is a senior currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry. Since 2013 she has continually remained on the Dean’s List. In 2015, she began working in Dr. Francisco Fernandez-Lima’s research group. Her main research focus is characterization and separation of poly-brominated diphenyl ether metabolites. Recently, she was honored by the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which she will start in the summer. She is also an active member of the Golden Key Honor Society. After graduation at FIU, Dennise plans on attending graduate school to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry with a forensic track. Her goal is to one day work in either a state or federal forensic laboratory. Apart from academics, Dennise enjoys going to the beach and trying out new local restaurants.