Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Dr. Petrovic came to the United States in 1998 as an exchange student to experience the American culture, improve her knowledge of the English-language, and finish her senior year of high school. The support she received from her host family and the academic community of Cerro Coso gave her opportunity and incentive to continue her higher education in America. "The friendly academic family at Cerro Coso Community College gave me an incredible support and a 'bouncing board' for all of the success that followed," stated Dr. Petrovic.
"In the personalized atmosphere of Cerro Coso classes, I acquired not only knowledge and communication skills, but also an academic home that has fostered in me a spirit of creativity, work-ethics and determination to attempt those goals that seem hard to reach. It is the success in seemingly unreachable endeavors that has awakened my confidence. Cerro Coso has nurtured in me the power of persistence in perusing my dreams."
Dr. Petrovic was a member of the Cerro Coso Honors Program and graduated in 2001 with an Associate of Arts degree in General Education with a 4.0 GPA. Her education and accomplishments at Cerro Coso opened the doors for her transfer to Whitman College with a full academic scholarship.
Dr. Petrovic graduated from Whitman College in 2003 with a BA in Chemistry (summa cum laude). In 2007 she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a PhD in Physical Chemistry. In the summer of 2007 she began a three-year postdoctoral experience at Columbia University where she taught an undergraduate class called "Frontiers of Science" and pursued research in structural investigations of chiral organic inorganic and biomolecules via tandem implementation of chiroptical methods.
Dr. Petrovic is working as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), where besides continuing research involvement, she is pursuing her commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring.
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