Scholarship Winners

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Elaine Gordon Recipients

2016 Winners

Wendy Ruiz

ImageA Mexican-American daughter of farmworkers, and first generation college student, Wendy is completing a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies and a bachelor’s in Political Science. She is planning to pursue a Master’s degree in Educational Policy Studies with a focus on an effective education reform that narrows the gap between underachievement and educational attainment for underprivileged minority students. While keeping up with her academic demands, Wendy has been involved as a member, mentor, and tutor with Student Support Services (SSS) at FIU. In addition, she has organized community service projects with Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), as well as leadership programs which provide educational opportunities for other students. She has also been active as a youth leader in We Count, a nonprofit organization that addresses social justice and immigration issues, and as a member of their board of directors. In addition, she has completed internships with several organizations such as the Highlander’s Seeds of Fire Program and the Harvard Latino Leadership Initiative Program. Wendy hopes to not only help provide an education to future students, but to inspire them to view their own possibilities for leadership and professional accomplishments as limitless.

Sergio Andrade

ImageSergio Andrade is a junior completing a double bachelor's in Psychology and Women's & Gender studies. He is currently a Research Assistant for Dr. Erica Musser's ABC-ERICA Lab housed in the Center for Children and Families. He is also completing an internship at the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and is expected to continue his internship with Dr. Musser in the fall. Upon graduating with his two bachelor’s degrees, Sergio plans to attend graduate school to further extend his studies in aiding victims of domestic violence. In addition, he is currently president of the Women’s Studies Student Association (WSSA).


2015 Winners

Natalia Gutierrez

ImageNatalia Gutierrez is a senior completing a double major in Psychology and Women's & Gender studies. She is currently a Research Assistant and Public Relations manager/ meeting coordinator for Dr. Asia Eaton's Power, Women and Relationships (PWR) lab. She has also just completed an internship in the Center for Women and Gender Studies and is expected to complete an internship at the FIU Women's Center in the fall. Upon graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Natalia plans to attend graduate school to become Mental Health Counselor in order to assist Women and Sexual minority youth.





Micheal Powell

ImageMichael Powell is completing a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies & Psychology. He is currently the laboratory manager for Dr. Asia Eaton’s Power, Women, and Relationships Lab. In conjunction with FIU and the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Women’s Studies and Psychology departments, Michael will be presenting his research on GBQ Hispanic and Latino men’s intersecting identities at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood’s biennial conference this October. After graduating, Michael will be applying to PhD programs in feminist psychology.



2014 Winner

Laura Hernández

ImageLaura Hernández is completing a double major in Women’s and Gender Studies & Political Science. She is currently the president of College Democrats at FIU and also serves as the vice president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) at FIU. Laura interns at the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade, and is a Young People For fellow. Laura hopes to pursue a career in policy-making where she can help achieve gender parity through legislation.

In February 2017 we heard from Laura. She is working as the Regional Organizer for Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida, and was doing volunteer workshops at FIU, and carrying on her great work.


The Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Endowment

2016 Winner

Thomas Hentschel

ImageThomas Hentschel is a native of Miami and is finishing his junior year at FIU. He is a Dean’s List student and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) scholar majoring in Physics, with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. He has worked with an optical physics group at FIU to study the interactions of light and matter, and is currently doing research with the nuclear physics group to study the interactions of atomic nuclei. Additionally, Thomas is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma and the Society of Physics Students clubs. Outside of academics, he volunteers for a food pantry serving the poor and enjoys playing hockey.

2015 Winner

Asais Uzcategui

ImageAsais "Camila" Uzcategui is originally from Venezuela, but has spent most of her life in South Florida. Asais is Dean’s list student and McNair Fellow, who is double majoring in Physics and Anthropology. Her research interests lie in the field of biological physics research, in an aim to more clearly understand the overtly consequential relationship between fundamental physical laws, and complex biological phenomena. She hopes to one day receive a Ph.D. in biophysics, and ultimately work in the global health industry through biophysical research.

During her time at FIU, Asais was the founding president of the FIU chapter of GlobeMed. Since their founding they have helped their partner organization, Escuela de la Calle (EDELAC) in Guatemala, establish a community health clinic, and a clean water project. She is also an active member of the Society of Physics Students, and a student researcher in The Theoretical Biophysics Group at FIU. Asais hopes to further employ the skills she has learned doing a molecular physics Research Experience for Undergraduates at SRI international in Menlo Park, California over the summer. In her spear time she enjoys reading, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends.

2014 Winner

Farid I. Salazar Wong

ImageThe 2014 Fred Hoover Scholarship Fund award winner is Farid I. Salazar Wong. Farid is an international student from Lima, Peru, double majoring in Physics and Mathematics. He is an Honors College invitee and Dean’s list junior student. Intending to apply to Physics graduate school and develop extensive research in Mathematical Physics, he believes that higher level science plays an important role in cutting edge technology and the understanding of our surroundings. He is part of the Learning Assistant Program at FIU, helping students in both lower and upper level courses. In his spare time, he usually plays guitar and actively participates in a parish community group.

Southern Cross Astronomical Society Award

2016 Winner

Patrick Ford

ImagePatrick Ford is a junior at FIU who likes to think of physics and astronomy as the focal point of his life. He has taught as a Learning Assistant and Teaching Assistant for both physics and astronomy classes. His research with Dr. Webb focuses on general photometry and imaging. Most recently he has been working on a project to improve understanding of star formation and he hopes to continue his research in graduate school in the field of astrophysics, with a focus on galaxy formation and dark matter research. Having been very active in astronomy for many years, Patrick now serves as President of the FIU Astronomy Club, where he takes pride promoting awareness of astronomical research, presenting new findings and hosting telescope events. Ultimately, he hopes to become a teacher so he can continue to stimulate interest and educate others about the universe.

2015 Winner

Daniel Jesus Puentes

ImageDaniel Puentes is a junior pursuing a major in physics and chemistry with a minor in astronomy. He is also a member of the social fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu. Daniel has competed as part of the FIU NCAA Division 1 Cross-Country and Track & Field for the past two and a half years. During his academic career here at FIU, he has been an active member of the Astronomy Club as well as the Society of Physics Students. In the past, he has completed several courses including Modern Astrophysics and is currently taking Observational Astronomy with Dr. James Webb. To add to the experience, Daniel has worked on the twenty four inch telescope situated in the Stocker AstroScience Center taking different images of objects, including but not limited, to M97, M108, and M109. This summer, Daniel will continue working with Dr. Webb and will assist him with his research here at FIU.

2014 Winner

Daniella Roberts

ImageDaniella is a senior pursuing a major in physics with a minor in astronomy, and she is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society. After joining the Astronomy Club in 2012, Daniella became treasurer the following year and has been re-elected for the upcoming academic year. She has been a learning assistant for the Physics I Lab students the last two years. SCAS has played a major part in developing her love for astronomy, as she has attended all of their lectures and assists the society as much as possible. Being active in the Astronomy Club, Daniella has helped many students at star parties learn how to operate telescopes, find the seasons constellations, and answer many astronomy related questions. She is currently doing research under the supervision of Dr. James Webb, and will be conducting an independent study with him over the summer based on his research into micro-variability of Blazars.

Zaida C. Morales-Martinez and Howard E. Moore Chemistry Award

2016 Winners

Saskya Etienne

ImageSaskya 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

ImageIkeoluwapo (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

ImageDennise 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.

2015 Winners

Jimmy Huang

ImageJimmy 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.

Keenan Mintz

ImageKeenan 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.

Jocelyn Nardo

ImageJocelyn 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 watch YouTube videos and going to the gym.


Robert Joseph Wood

ImageRobert 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.

Marco Eduardo Zamora Bulla

ImageMarco 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.

2014 Winners

Diane Edgar

ImageDiane is the Secretary for Phi Delta Epsilon International Pre-Medical Fraternity and was their historian the preceding year. Next fall marks her second year of initiation and she has been a very active member. Diane is also a peer advisor at the Pre-Health Office, working closely with the FIU advisors. This year she participated in ARCH through the Honors College with Professor Stephen Winkle as her advisor. She worked in his lab for about a year to execute her project and recently presented her poster with the title "Probing the Effects of the Binding of Tetra Substituted Porphyrins to DNA on DNA Structure."

Roboan Guillen

ImageRoboan will be completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. During his years at FIU, he has been involved in several clubs including the FIU Chemistry Club, Florida Golden Key Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Honors Society. Roboan's experiences throughout his undergraduate years have proven that there are endless possibilities available in the chemistry field for contributing to our community. He is currently working in a biochemistry research lab to design a novel high throughput drug-screening assay.


Shantell Rolle

ImageShantell was a Teaching Assistant for the General Chemistry I Lab (CHM 1045L) and was a Learning Assistant for CHM 1045 last semester. She performed as a chemistry teacher in the Upward Bound Math and Science program with the FIU Pre-Collegiate office in summer 2012 and 2013. For the past two years, she has had the honor of presenting research on the Brazilian Pepper at the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meetings and is an ACS Chemistry Ambassador. She is a member and past secretary of the FIU-BBC Science Club. As a member of the Science Club, she helped plan, host and participate in many of their events such as National Chemistry Week demos, club fairs, workshops for high school AP Chemistry students, AP Chemistry Teacher Workshops, coastal clean-up days, community outreach programs like 'Nano-Einsteins,' and a Community Science Fair.

Jose Roque

ImageDuring the summer of his freshman year, Jose was a Chempal Proctor for General Chemistry 1 and then General Chemistry 2. The same year he joined the Chemistry Club and the Pre-Pharmacy Club. During his sophomore year he became a Learning Assistant for General Chemistry 1 and then General Chemistry 2. He has participated in the Heart Walk with the Chemistry Club and attended their meetings. Jose received recognition for excellence in Organic Chemistry at the SoFlacs event. Last fall semester, he taught the CHM1032L Lab, tutored for Organic Chemistry 1, and became a Learning Assistant for Organic Chemistry 1. He recently became CPR certified and got his Pharmacy Technician license, and he volunteers at a local hospital. At this time, he is tutoring Organic Chemistry 2, teaching CHM1032L lab and is a Learning Assistant for Organic Chemistry 2.