Representation in STEM is
something that is incredibly important to me. Higher education isn’t filled
with people like me – people of color. The more I advance in my career, the
more important I find it to use my platform to highlight people of color who have
broken insurmountable boundaries to be successful in their field.
According to a survey compiled by C&E News, only 1.6% of tenured professors in chemistry at top 50 universities are African American.
For Black History Month, I decided to highlight and celebrate black STEMists who have contributed significant work and research to their respective fields.
Since then, I’ve posted twelve profiles of Black scientists and engineers who not only are STEM research pioneers, but many were actively involved in civil rights and other unconventional fields like art and politics.
Epps Jr, C. H., Johnson, D. G., & Vaughan, A. L. Black medical pioneers: African-American’firsts’ in academic and organized medicine. Part three. Journal of the National Medical Association, 85(10): 777–796. PMCID: PMC2568213
Note: This post was edited on March 15, 2019 to add the graphic about Dr. Kevin Greenaugh