Isamar Garrido-RodríguezIsamar Garrido-Rodríguez might not look like your typical chemist, but she is a rising star in a field where women and minorities continue to break down barriers. 

The 2016 Hostos graduate continues to shine, as she was recently selected for a paid internship from the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) America International Group. As an SCI Scholar, Garrido-Rodriguez will work on research with Chemtura Corporation in El Dorado, Arizona, and present her results.

Not merely along for the ride, Garrido-Rodríguez will be working with a plant manager and plant maintenance leader, providing engineering/technical support to co-workers in all businesses and functions, and participate as a team member in leading business process improvements. She will also learn about data analysis tools and methodology, as well as how to develop a continuous improvement plan, and plant equipment.

A chemistry major, Garrido-Rodríguez is part of Hostos’ and City College’s Joint Dual Degree Engineering Program with The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering. Garrido-Rodríguez, who was born in the Dominican Republic, was a member of the Hostos Student Leadership Academy (SLA) and Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP).

After graduating from City College, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in pharmaceutical or cosmetic sciences, and is also interested in teaching.  

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities for nearly half a century. Since 1968, Hostos has been a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs.
Hostos offers 28 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.