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Chapter 4 - Choosing a Thesis Advisor: Familiar Paths and Unexpected Curves

Nahyr D. Rovira-Figueroa, PhD
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Dr. Rovira-Figueroa is from Puerto Rico, the island of enchantment. She has BS and MS degrees in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico– Mayagüez as well as a teacher licensure in high school chemistry. Dr. Rovira- Figueroa earned her MS in education and her PhD in science education from Purdue University. During her graduate student career, she presented research papers at many national and regional professional meetings and received the Outstanding Oral Presentation Award at the 2008 National Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference. She has been awarded several grants for outreach projects to disadvantaged schools in the Greater Lafayette Area Latino Community. During the summer of 2012, Dr. Rovira-Figueroa worked as a visiting associate lecturer for the Engineering Summer Program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is currently an adjunct faculty professor and general chemistry coordinator for the Chemistry Department at St. John Fisher College and adjunct lecturer for the Ella Cline Shear School of Education at State University of New York–Geneseo Campus.