Peter Nelson’s story is not different from a number of Jamaicans who have overcome adversity to achieve academically. However, not many 25yo here hold a Bachelor of Science, an MPhil and a PhD in Chemistry from the University of the West Indies (UWI).

In August this year, Dr Nelson will add another landmark achievement to his name, as he will take up one of five post-doctoral fellowships at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, having been selected from 280 applicants from around the world for the coveted position…

However, it is not only the accomplishments that this St Thomas native has amassed at such a young age that makes his story unique. Rather, it is that he disproved the stereotype that a boy from an impoverished community who attended a non-traditional high school (St Thomas Technical) and was raised by a single mother who worked as a domestic helper would not beat the odds… Having never received more than a high school education, his mother, Angelita Kelly, kept telling her son of the importance of getting an education and saw to it that he gave nothing but his best… Read the full story here

>> Congratulations Dr Nelson (that has a nice ring to it) continue striving for excellence!!!!! Bless up yuhself mommy Kelly! <<

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid!”

Jamaica’s Sherona Forrestor was named the 2016 Rhodes Scholar. The Glenmuir High past student is a member of #TeamJamaica’s senior Women’s Football team, has a 3.9 GPA and lectures in Principles of Economics at University of the West Indies, Mona.

Research Fellow at the Natural Products Institute at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Dr Simone Badal McCreath is one of five women chemists worldwide to be honoured with the Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists in the Developing World, for research that looks to nature for ways to address cancer and other medical problems. || Congratulations Dr McCreath!! Wi proud a yuh cyah dun, keep up the good work! ^_^

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid!”