Ingrid Montes, professor of chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico and director-at-large of the American Chemical Society (ACS), will give a lecture at Case Western Reserve University Wednesday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women (Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 248).
NEO-AGEP, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Women in Science and Engineering Roundtable will sponsor the lecture, titled “Embracing Uniqueness to Develop a More Inclusive Culture.”
Anna Samia, associate professor of chemistry, and Naomi Sigg, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, will host the event.
Montes received a BS in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and has since taught chemistry at the institution for 32 years. Montes’ current research includes organometallic chemistry, chemical education and new methodologies applying green chemistry principles.
For the past 29 years, Montes has been the faculty advisor of her university’s ACS Student Affiliate Chapter, which has received 25 consecutive ACS Student Outstanding Awards and has been recognized as Green Chapter since its establishment. These positions have enabled her to mentor and inspire thousands of underrepresented students, most specifically Hispanic women.
Since 2013, she has served as director-at-large at the ACS. During her tenure, she founded the Chemistry Festival, which was recently adopted as an ACS program. Montes also is the co-founder and coordinator for the Spanish webinar series of the ACS and Mexican Chemical Society and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Journal of Chemical Education.