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Meet your Chemistry Advisors!


Xavier Ramos

Xavier Ramos is from Long Island, NY and an alumnus of the University of South Florida, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. During his undergraduate tenure, Xavier was recognized as a James A. Clendinen Journalism Fellow by the USF School of Mass Communications for his work in critical writing and journalism studies. He has worked in various media roles with PBS television, The Tampa Bay Times, Sun-Sentinel, and The Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. As a television news producer in Central and South Florida, Xavier was responsible for the research, writing, and creative storytelling behind newscasts. Xavier returned to USF as Admissions Recruiter/Advisor for graduate programs, and joined the Chemistry Department in 2016. Out of the office, he enjoys Tampa Bay’s budding arts and foodie spots.

Xavier currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Becky Cooperman

Becky Cooperman was born and raised in Miami, FL and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and minors in Education, and Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Florida and obtained a Master of Education (M.Ed) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S) in School Counseling and Guidance, and Mental Health Counseling.  She has worked with Housing & Residence Education, interned at the Disability Resource Center, taught First Year Florida, and served on the Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution committee. Upon graduating from the University of Florida she worked for two years at UF as an Academic Advisor before moving to Tampa, FL to join the Department of Chemistry at USF in 2016.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and watching sporting events.

Becky currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Shaun Richardson

Shaun Richardson was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL and completed his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Multicultural Studies at the University of Central Florida.  While at UCF, Shaun worked in Residential Life, First Year Experience and was involved in Undergraduate Research. In addition, Shaun completed his Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University where he served as an Assistant Community Director for 2 years in the Brody Neighborhood. Shaun also interned at University at Albany SUNY within the New Student Programs unit. Shaun joined the Department of Chemistry at USF in 2016 as an Academic Advisor. He has conducted and presented independent research concerning racial terminology and bias, perception of queer college students by their non-queer counter-parts, and Black queer college student development.  In his free time Shaun enjoys jogging, reading, shopping, and watching horror films.  

Shaun currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Ashley Sowell

Ashley Sowell was born and raised in Saint Petersburg, FL, and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities and Art History and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration. Ashley has worked with Transfer Evaluations, Academic Records and Academic Advising. She has served on the Academic Regulations Committee and coordinated campus graduation processes. She has also completed and presented research on the effects of accelerated credit on the students major selection. Ashley came to the USF in 2011 as an academic advisor on the Sarasota-Manatee campus where she advised graduate and undergraduate students. Ashley joined the Chemistry department in August 2016.  In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, music, travel, movies and football.

Ashley currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry B.S., Chemistry B.A., Chemistry B.A. Biochemistry emphasis, and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences majors.

Adelia Douglas

Adelia Douglas was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and is an alumnus of the University of South Florida where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She later received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Florida, specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy elective coursework. While at UF, she also served students as a Career Counselor at the Career Resource Center where she developed a passion for helping students clarify and work towards their career goals. Adelia is also passionate about encouraging students to pursue study abroad opportunities, as she considers her own experiences studying abroad in Costa Rica through USF to be one of the most influential experiences of her educational career. Adelia joined the USF Chemistry Department in 2016. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, attending Tampa Bay Lightning games, and training in Tae Kwon Do.

Adelia currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences major.

Janice North

Janice North is from Chicago, IL and graduated from Northwestern university with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received a Master of Education in Education Policy. Throughout her career, Janice is committed to finding solutions that increase access to education and resources—through both policy and practice—as pathways to economic independence and engaged citizenship. Most recently, she assisted program directors at Lumina Foundation with research and planning for community and institution alignment work related to equitable student outcomes. Before that she led a "learning from the field" study at Kauffman Foundation in peer learning and mentoring practices that enable women and racial/ethnic minority entrepreneurs' participation, interaction, and collaboration in in-person and online networks. Other highlights of her experience include working as a research assistant at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership where she examined dual credit access for college readiness and success in 48 Illinois community colleges, a music teacher and performer in Chicago, a tour guide at the Grosse Point Lighthouse, an editorial assistant at Rotary International Headquarters, and an assistant to the director of strategic human capital at the University of Illinois. Janice loves to travel and loves the outdoors. When she’s not busy working and advocating for social change, you’ll find her out on the trail or practicing yoga.

Janice currently advises students in the Biomedical Sciences major.