Beatrice Markiewicz, of Parsippany, N.J., is the daughter of immigrants who didn’t have an opportunity to attend college themselves but stressed the importance of academic achievement. She listened; Markiewicz, a chemistry major with a 3.95 grade-point average, has been admitted to the Ph.D. chemistry program at the University of Pennsylvania.
She has been honored twice by the American Chemical Society for outstanding performance and has won awards at FDU Research Day for her junior thesis on ethanol fuel and her senior thesis, which described using two types of spectroscopy to learn more about a compound and a chemical interaction. Markiewicz has received several research and academic grants, including a Col. Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholarship, and has made the FDU Honors List each semester since her freshman year.
Last summer, Markiewicz interned at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., in a research team with an FDU faculty member and a classmate. Since fall 2009, Markiewicz worked part-time as a science and math tutor for undergraduates at FDU’s Academic Support Center. This academic year, she was a teaching assistant for physical chemistry lab courses. Markiewicz expects to focus on materials science at UPenn, and is considering a career in either academia or private industry.
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