Honoree - Nunez
From early on, Gerardo Nunez has been fascinated with growing plants. By age 5, he was planting seeds and trying to grow corn in his urban backyard in Quito, Ecuador. His scientific bent eventually led him to Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he turned his interest in horticulture into an impressive research project and is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Two U.S. universities have offered him a full scholarship leading to a PhD in horticulture.
But Nunez is far from one-dimensional: With a minor in business management, he led one of the University’s largest student organizations, Business Leaders of Tomorrow, in his junior year, then followed that as president of the FDU Green Team. During his tenure, the Green Team joined with the faculty-staff Green Campus Committee to renovate the campus’s 50-year-old greenhouse. Now the greenhouse is being used for enhancing campus landscaping and research — including Nunez’s own senior thesis project on a way to improve a species of exotic wild strawberry that has potential as a commercial crop.
Nunez has also been a senator in the Student Government Association and a resident assistant for the past two years. He participated in Alternative Spring Break activities for two years, helping build homes for underprivileged families in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Miami, Fla. Under his leadership, Business Leaders of Tomorrow increased its community service focus.
Nunez has also been involved with Sands of Time: Exposure to Greatness Program since its inception. His academic achievements include presenting scientific papers at the annual Northeast Regional Honors Council conference for the last three years and the 12th Annual Student Research Symposium of the Hudson-Bergen Chemical Society in April. A member of the University Honors Program, Nunez has made the Dean’s List every semester, and he was awarded a Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarship as well as Campus Service and Student Affairs grants.
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