Dr. Jasmine Drake

Dr Jasmine M. Drake

Assistant Professor, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Texas Southern University, Houston, TX

Dr Jasmine Drake is a native of Baton Rouge, LA.  She completed her BS in Chemistry at Southern University and A&M College.  She continued directly with graduate studies, joining the Department of Chemistry at LSU.  With interests in inorganic chemistry, she decided to join Professor Julia Y. Chan’s solid-state chemistry group.  Jasmine’s dissertation described the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide intermetallic materials using single crystal X-ray diffraction, powder, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy.  During her time at LSU, Jasmine was a recipient of the Proctor & Gamble Outstanding Graduate Research Award and won third place at the Colloquium Poster Competition.  She successfully defended her dissertation and graduated with her PhD in May 2007.

Jasmine truly appreciated her experience in the Department of Chemistry at LSU. “The faculty, staff, and other graduate students made for an excellent and supportive learning environment.  I was an active participant and member of the Chemistry Graduate Student Council (CGSC), and I really enjoyed planning and participating in all the numerous seminars, activities, and events hosted by the Chemistry Department.”

Several opportunities arose that helped her professional development.  “The support that I received from the chemistry department to travel and present my research, both internationally and domestically, really boosted my confidence and ability to communicate to peers and experts in my field.”

Jasmine in a detective suit

Jasmine is now an assistant professor in the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, TX.  She serves as the Laboratory Coordinator of their state-of-the-art Forensic Science Learning Laboratory.  Combining her passions for chemistry and government, she teaches courses in forensic science and the administration of justice.

Asked if she would do anything differently, if she could go back in time, Jasmine answered, “Honestly, I can’t think of anything I would have done differently.  I can see how all my educational and professional experiences have strengthened me and developed me into the professional I am today.”  She has some great advice for prospective and current graduate students:  “Take advantage of your time as a graduate student and use the resources and programs offered to help develop yourself professionally.  Also, learn as much as possible about other interesting research projects and instrumental techniques employed by other groups in your department, as well as other departments across campus.”

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