Marilyn Rampersad Mackiewicz is a Trinidadian-born-American Chemist working on all things small. She graduated from Hunter College, the City of New York, with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Chemistry. She moved to College Station, Texas, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2005 at Texas A and M University, working with Marcetta Y. Darensbourg in Bioinorganic and Organometallics Chemistry. After a very brief career as a process engineer at Intel, she returned to academia to do her post-doctoral studies in nanomaterials chemistry at Portland State University. Her roots began to bury deep in Oregon, and for the last ten years has been a primary investigator of a unique lab working with undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds doing interdisciplinary research in nanostructured materials, which she finds is the best part of her day. She brings a strong entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit with many partners to lead cross-cutting research initiatives to solve challenges in human health. Dr. Mackiewicz has received funding from the NSF and the NIH to pursue her research initiatives. She has a passion for mentoring, supporting, and advocating for students, particularly those from underserved communities, and most recently, the American Chemical Society Stanley Israel award in recognition of her commitment to creating diverse and equitable research, teaching, and adaptive learning environments. Her goal is to build students’ self-advocacy and resilience to nurture their scientific and professional identities.