2016 Scholarships awarded to SISH undergraduates

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:

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Saskya Etienne
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.

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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.

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Dennise Montero
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.

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society’s mission is to improve the awareness, understanding and enjoyment of astronomy. The society is dedicated to making astronomy available to the public by encouraging research, providing telescope observing and educating through lectures and presentations. The Society is dedicated to providing financial support to students at FIU. Recipients of this award are required to major in Physics and minor in Astronomy. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

This year's awardee is:

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Patrick Ford

Patrick 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.

The Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Endowment

Fred Hoover was known throughout the university as a kind, caring, friendly and outgoing man who was a passionate believer in the importance of education. He enrolled at Florida International University in 1972 and was in the original graduating class as FIU’s first ever physics major. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1974, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from FIU. After he graduated, he remained at FIU as the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department, until his death on Nov. 5, 1998. The Fred Hoover Memorial Endowment Fund was created to honor Mr. Hoover's memory by providing financial support to undergraduate students majoring in Physics at Florida International University.

This year's awardee is:

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Thomas Hentschel
Thomas 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.

The Elaine Gordon Scholarship in Women's Studies

Elaine Gordon...Trailblazer...Feminist...Activist...Champion of Human Rights

The Elaine Gordon Scholarship program was established in 2000 to honor the life and work of Elaine Gordon, a former state legislator who, for 22 years, championed equal rights for women.

This year's awardees are:

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Wendy Ruiz
A 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.

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Sergio Andrade
Sergio 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).