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Science Educator Lauded for Student Achievement

SDSU's Estralita Martin gains national recognition for her work to help students succeed.
By Hallie Jacobs

Estralita Martin is an esteemed scholar, prominent researcher, and champion for diversity and equality.

Her achievements merited the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding African American Educator award. Martin earned the recognition for helping students succeed in and out of the classroom.

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Estralita Martin

“It was an honor receiving this recognition because it directly relates to the work I am currently engaged in,” said Martin, who was one of four award recipients. 

Martin, assistant dean for Student Affairs in the College of Sciences, directs help for students facing nonacademic issues that interfere with their academic progress.

Current works

Martin is currently preparing a presentation for the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference.  Her lecture will focus on maximizing teaching efficiency in classes with a diverse population of students.  She aims to engage more multicultural students and direct them to degrees in science.

Martin is taking steady steps to encourage SDSU/community partnerships to improve the diversity and successes of students in all professions.

Martin directs outreach and retention programs to provide a pipeline for students interested in becoming academicians, physicians or researchers.

About Martin

Martin attended Oberlin University in Ohio, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education. She earned a master's degree in biology at Atlanta University. Martin then attended Berkeley for her Ph.D. in biology with an emphasis in cell developmental biology.