Our own Zaida Morales Martinez is honored by the White House and the NSF

Throughout her career she has exemplified what a mentor should be and as such, she coordinated the American Chemical Society’s Project SEED Program for South Florida. In 1999 she became mentoring consultant for the ACS Scholars Program. Her overall mentoring efforts were recognized in 2004 by the American Chemical Society with a prestigious national award “for encouraging disadvantaged students into careers in the chemical sciences.” Zaida was again recognized for her contributions to the chemical profession with the National Award for Service to the ACS. A new ACS award for mentoring has been established in her honor — The Zaida Morales-Martinez ACS Scholars Mentor Award,” which is presented annually to someone who does an outstanding job mentoring ACS scholars. In 2011 she was selected as the recipient of the 2011 American Chemical Society (ACS) National Award for Volunteer Service to the Society.

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Zaida has been role model to many faculty members for 60 years. The importance of insisting on the best from each student, the art of getting to know each student well, and the dedication to her profession makes Zaida and a fine role model to each one of us and every chemistry student that was blessed to be able to take Analytical Chemistry from Zaida Morales Martinez. She continues to serve and last year she was honored by the American Chemical Society as the 2017 Recipient of the ACS Stanley C. Israel Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences. At this year's SISH Awards she was recogninized by the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department and SISH for continuing to bring honor and recognition to FIU with your exceptional volunteer work in the chemical sciences. Now she has received the presidential award for excellence for mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

Zaida, you inspire all of us!

This is a well-deserved honor. Congratulations Zaida.