Dr. Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe is a professor and past interim chair in the Department of Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. She currently serves as interim associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering and Computing. Dr. Oboh-Ikuenobe obtained a PhD degree in Geology from the University of Cambridge through a Commonwealth Scholarship, and MS and BS (First Class) degrees from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in Ile-Ife, Nigeria. She teaches courses about the evolution of the earth, stratigraphy, basic and advanced paleontology, and paleoclimatology. She uses her training in sedimentology to conduct research in palynology, a sub-discipline of paleontology that uses organic-walled microfossils such as pollen, spores, dinoflagellates and acritarchs, to unravel the history of the Earth. Dr. Oboh-Ikuenobe is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Geological Society of America (GSA), and The Paleontological Society. She is an active member of several professional associations, serving as a director of the Association for Women Geoscientists Foundation, member of several GSA committees (including co-chairing the Diversity in the Geosciences Committee which introduced the On To The Future Scholarships), and as President of the AASP â€“ The Palynological Society. A Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate from 2010-2015, Dr. Oboh-Ikuenobe is an African Scientific Institute Fellow and member of the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) Scientific Board (Global Change Group) of UNESCO/International Union of Geological Sciences. She is the recipient of more than 30 professional and civic awards and honors.