Dominican, Juliette Joan Commodore-Botoklo, has earned a doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and in the process, has become only the fourth black female in her department to do so. A Caribbean student was the first to attain that accomplishment in 2013.
Commodore-Botoklo, following a teaching stint at the Wesley High School from 1997 – 2002, obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees: one in chemistry and the other in biology from Midwestern State University. She then taught chemistry for four years (2007-2011) in the Fort Worth Independent School District before entering the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry program at the University of Alabama.
Commodore-Botoklo’s doctoral journey started in 2011 and ended in 2018. She revealed that she was supposed to defend in 2017 but Hurricane Maria stalled that plan.
With a PhD in analytical chemistry with a focus on mass spectronomy, Dr. Commodore-Botoklo plans to seek employment in industry for method development involving new and more modern mass spectrometers. Her long term goal is to set up a forensics department in Dominica “to serve not only our island, but other islands also lacking these facilities.”
Dr. Commodore-Botoklo is the daughter of Jones and Ursula Commodore of Pottersville. She is married to Senyo Botoklo from Togo, Africa and the couple has a son.
The article was originally published on DominicaNewsOnline.