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

The White House Office of Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have honored Zaida Morales-Martinez, FIU Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering for Mentoring.

A new ACS award for mentoring has also been established in her honor — "The Zaida Morales-Martinez ACS Scholars Mentor Award,” 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.

Throughout her career, Zaida Morales-Martinez 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.

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Zaida has been a role model to many faculty members for over 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 her 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 the profession 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 School of Integrated Science and Humanity's (SISH) Awards ceremony, she was recognized by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and by SISH for continuing to bring honor and recognition to FIU with her exceptional volunteer work in the chemical sciences.

Zaida, you inspire all of us!

This is a well-deserved honor. Congratulations Zaida.