Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Bachelor of Arts in Natural and Applied Sciences
College: College of Arts, Sciences & Education (Honors College), School of Environment, Arts and Society
At just 21 years old, Morgan Fatowe has already conducted groundbreaking research that’s been published in a top academic journal.
Under the guidance of FIU chemistry Assistant Professor Natalia Soares Quinete, Morgan studied one of the most concerning groups of chemical contaminants — called PFAS — that pose serious health risks to humans and wildlife. She found these toxic ‘forever chemicals’ in South Florida tap water, as well as one of Miami’s most precious resources, Biscayne Bay.
To date, not much research has been done on the presence and distribution of PFAS in South Florida. That’s why Morgan’s research is crucial in laying the groundwork that can help inform and create regulations to eliminate or remove PFAS from the environment.
Morgan has presented her research at several conferences, and as an FIU Honors College student, she’s received the prestigious Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors scholarship, which is only awarded to 10 students each year. Passionate about helping other students learn, Morgan was also a peer leader in FIU’s Peer Led Team Learning program.
The journey hasn’t always been easy, though. During sophomore year, Morgan struggled with her mental health. There were days she couldn’t finish an assignment or even visit the lab.
Morgan credits her success and perseverance to the support of her family, FIU mentors and friends — including Morgan’s best friend and fellow Real Triumphs Graduate Andrea Ramirez-Torres. Today, she is graduating with a 3.7 GPA.
Morgan is currently applying to graduate schools and hopes to pave the way for more groundbreaking research about PFAS in our environment.
By Angela Nicoletti
College of Arts, Sciences & Education