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Featured Seminoles 

Sofia Garcia Rojas

Sofia Garcia Rojas is a senior majoring in industrial and manufacturing engineering. She is currently applying to graduate schools with the hopes of pursuing a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering. This summer she hopes to intern at eco-friendly companies or participate in a World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms program. Sofia’s ultimate career goal is to engineer materials to be more environmentally sustainable within everyday processes.

Roberto J. Flores

Roberto Flores joined the College of Nursing in fall 2015. As a new student, Roberto was not sure which area of specialization he wanted to pursue, but after seeing firsthand the acute care knowledge demonstrated by faculty members Dr. Denise Tucker and Nan Cuchens, he was drawn to work in the intensive care unit. Roberto is finishing his last clinical experience in the cardiac surgical intensive care unit and will be graduating with his Bachelor of Science in nursing in May.

Navilla Burns

Navilla Burns is a senior majoring in euphonium instrumental music education, graduating in December. Navilla has attributed much of her success to Professor Steven N. Kelly and the guidance he has provided her as an undergraduate. Navilla’s favorite performance at Florida State was the PRISM concert, part of Opening Nights. She is currently applying to graduate school and aspires to perform in the military performance band.

Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt, Ph.D.

Professor Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt received his B.S. in chemistry from Southwest Minnesota State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University under the direction of James A. Ibers in 1997. After a post-doc at the University of Illinois with John R. Shapley, he began his independent career at Auburn University where he rose through the ranks to full professor. In 2012, he moved to Florida State University to take on the role of Gregory R. Choppin Chair in Chemistry. His research interests include all aspects of lanthanide and actinide chemistry, materials chemistry, crystallography and nuclear energy.