Prof Bugarin is a faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Florida Gulf Coast University. In spring 2018, he was recognized with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching- a university wide award. In addition, he has published 43 refereed publications, with 41 peer-reviewed articles and 2 book chapters, papers which lay the foundation for his research interests. He is proud to note that several awards have recognized students trained in his group, including the Outstanding Undergraduate research award to Kana White in 2014, Brian LaPosa in 2015, Alena Trinidad in 2017, and Octavio Miranda in 2018. Likewise, Enrique Barragan (Hispanic/Male) won third place at a regional graduate research presentation. He is also happy to note that Dr. Siddappa Patil, a postdoctoral associate in his group, is now a Professor at Jain University, India. Noteworthy to mention, his undergraduate student Bruno Arce received the Outstanding Undergraduate teaching award in 2015. Furthermore, his research group, here at FGCU, includes four talented undergraduate students. For instance, one (Abby Lewis) has already published two manuscripts; one in the J. Mol. Structure and the other in Polyhedron. Also, Amy Hoagland work was also accepted for publication in Fut. Med Chem. Important to note that a visitor scholar joined my research group this past July, Mr. Mario Heras (graduate student from Mexico). So, we are anticipating to keep research productivity high, while engaging undergraduate and graduate students.