Flor Torres Bermeo '03
Professors at MacMurray gave me so much educational experience that I thought I would never use. And guess what? I use every bit of it. I work with other chemical analysts who went to larger universities, and they mention they were not exposed to as much lab experience as I was. At MacMurray College, I had the opportunity to be in small classes with great professors who had professional experience working in industrial labs. There was a lot of one-on-one interaction with the College's professors.
Bermeo grew up in the Chicago area. Her parents wanted her to stay close to home after she graduated from high school, but she had her eyes set on MacMurray College. She first received a pamphlet on MacMurray College as a junior while attending Thomas Kelly High School. She was immediately attracted to the small class sizes the College had to offer.
Bermeo started her freshman year at MacMurray as a biology major. However, after taking one of Dr. Nadine Szczepanski's chemistry classes, she decided to double-major in chemistry and Spanish. Bermeo also played soccer all four-years and was on the swim team for two-years.
It was during her internship that she realized the connection between what she was learning in class and how well she was doing her job. She stills finds that, even in her current position, she can still hear Dr. Szczepanski stressing the importance of keeping detailed notebooks.
Bermeo credits her success to the small classes at MacMurray and the industrial labs experiences with her great College professors. This interaction propelled her into her current position at the Life Science Laboratory. Bermeo is the youngest analytical chemist in her lab and was able to take on additional responsibilities due to the background she received at MacMurray, especially in organic chemistry.
She and her husband, Ivan, have two children - a son, Nikolay, age 18 months, and a daughter, Chantal, age 3.