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Meet our ACS students from Jamaica

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Mario Christie (President)

Mario Christie graduated from  Charlemont High School at the top of his class. In his later years he became obsessed with food preparation and the concept of 'safe food'. That led him to pursue a Bachelor

of Science in Food Chemistry at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus. While at the University he sat on the Irvine Hall’s Culinary Committee as their Sanitation Representative and also functioned as the Culinary Representative for Irvine Hall’s Block B. He also served as the Second Vice President of the UWI Chemical Society and an Emergency Medical Responder at the University of the West Indies Student Emergency Response Team (UWISERT). In his final year of study he was awarded the Nestle JMP Scholarship as well as the Chemistry Department’s coveted Cedric Hassall Prize which is given to the top

performing Chemistry student. His love for and dedication to the field of Chemistry lead him to graduate with one of three awarded First Class Honours Degree from the Department of Chemistry in 2011. He was invited to become a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2011. He has since been a member of the Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division of the ACS. He is now enrolled in the Master of Philosophy program with focus on the effects of land use and climate change of ground water resources.

Two of his favourite and most inspiring quotes are:

“The pessimist sees the glass half empty, the optimist sees the glass half full…but the chemist sees the glass completely full, half in the liquid state and half in the gaseous state.” - Unknown

With knowledge, the possibilities may not be endless but they are all practical. - Mario Christie

Shaquilla McNab (Vice President)

Shaquilla McNab is a 20 year old Jamaican who is pursuing a Bachelor of Basic Medical Science majoring in Pharmacology at the University of the West Indies. She believes in service above self, working towards better health for the people of Jamaica. She enjoys volunteering, socializing and exploring new cultures.

Shorna Smith

Shorna Smith is an undergraduate student pursuing a B Sc in Chemistry with a minor in Education.

Her areas of interest include:

Food preparation and creating new food products

She is interested in owning her own 5 star restaurant, being an executive chef as well as being a Quality assurance manager.

In terms of education, she wishes to provide nutritional advice to the younger generation and promote healthier lifestyles

Nadine Whyte

Nadine Whyte is an undergraduate student pursuing a B Sc in Microbiology with a minor in Food Processing. In the future she would like to pursue a Masters in Food Microbiology.

She enjoys cooking and is very interactive in her community. Nadine wishes to start her own business producing local organic Jamaican spices. She also has interest in public health.

Other areas of interest include interior decorating.

Rajeve Brooks

Rajeve Brooks is an undergraduate student pursuing a B Sc in Biotechnology with minor in Food Processing. He is currently on the Dean's list.

Areas of specific interest:

Application and use of bacteria/fungus to produce energy from waste material.

Utilization of microbes to develop and preserve foods.

Using biotechnology to enhance food security in agriculture in Jamaica

Rajeve enjoys cooking and is exploring making Kimchi at home. He is always interested in exploring new cultures and CUISINES.

He actively volunteers within the community.

Marcel Denny

Undergraduate student pursuing a B Sc in Food Chemistry with special interest in Organic Chemistry

He enjoys helping others achieve their academic potential.

Some of his accomplishments include the Wilfred Grant Award in Organic Chemistry and Gold Status in the Chemistry Honours Society at the University of the West Indies

Ruth Williams

Graduate student pursuing a M Phil in Chemistry. Holds a B Sc in Food and General Chemistry. Avid badminton player.