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27-Year-Old Becomes The First Black Woman To Earn Ph.D. In Nuclear Engineering From University of Michigan

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27-Year-Old Becomes The First Black Woman To Earn Ph.D. In Nuclear Engineering From University of Michigan

by Charmaine Griffin via https://www.blavity.com

Representation matters.

At only 27 years old, Ciara Sivels is the first Black woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan.

The Chesapeake, Virginia, native has accomplished a major win at the top nuclear engineering program in the country. In October, Sivels successfully presented her thesis on “Development of an Advanced Radioxenon Detector for Nuclear Explosion Monitoring,” but she didn’t always have a passion for science.

When she graduated from high school, the scholar wanted to study culinary arts. It wasn’t until her teacher encouraged her to try her hand …

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