Three Suffolk University students were recently honored by MAES-Boston for their achievements in the classroom and in the community.

MAES-Boston is the local chapter of the national professional society of Latino scientists and engineers. Each year they present awards to students who excel in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

This year, Suffolk sophomores – chemistry major Elsy Naveo and physics majors Elizabeth Rodriquez and Jorge Bernal – received the “Estrellas del Mañana” (Stars of Tomorrow) award, given to those who demonstrate significant academic achievement, leadership, and a sense of communidad.

As part of a pilot program, the students will connect with professional mentors through MAES-Boston who will help coach them through the next few years of academics, graduate school, and the beginning of their professional careers.

Students also had the chance to mingle with educators, community leaders and other positive influencers in the Latino science and engineering community who were also honored at the ceremony, including Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz.

“The award is an honor and I feel blessed that I was chosen for such distinction,” says Elsy Naveo. “I loved the award celebration because I only know a few Hispanic professionals in my field. It was amazing to see the many successful professionals and other students; their drive and ambition was really encouraging."

After becoming involved with MAES, Naveo started a Suffolk chapter of the organization with the support of Professor Patricia Hogan. She explains:

“I hope Suffolk’s chapter of MAES will continue to offer resources, tools, and inspiration for students entering the STEM fields.”