Black STEM History and Highlights

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Within the Wesleyan Community

LaNell Williams ’15, Physicist and Advocate

LaNell Williams ’15, Physicist and Advocate

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A lot of my colleagues attributed my struggle to the fact that I was Black and not the fact that I wasn’t as prepared as they were.

Cameroon Scholar Henry Meriki Brings His Perspective to Wesleyan

Cameroon Scholar Henry Meriki Brings His Perspective to Wesleyan

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People of different minds, people of different cultures, think differently. If you ask the to come up with a solution to a problem, they will approach it in different ways.

Dean Alison Williams on Equity and Inclusion in STEM and Beyond

Dean Alison Williams on Equity and Inclusion in STEM and Beyond

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The time she spent helping her own students, as well as her own experiences in STEM, compelled Williams to shift her career towards roles involved with promoting diversity and inclusion at universities.

Fitzroy “Pablo” Wickham ‘21 on His Journey to Become a Doctor and Being Black in Neuroscience

Fitzroy “Pablo” Wickham ‘21 on His Journey to Become a Doctor and Being Black in Neuroscience

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Fitzroy “Pablo” Wickham ‘21, the 2021 Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship recipient, knew from a young age that he wanted to be a doctor.

Professor Laverne Melon’s Journey from Student to Mentor in STEM

Professor Laverne Melon’s Journey from Student to Mentor in STEM

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“There are deadly consequences for our lack of inclusion in STEM, beyond not making it a welcoming place for everyone,” Melon said. “It slows down progress dramatically and we see that now with instances like the fact that no one thought we’d have to use pulse oximeters on fingers of darker skin tone.”

Brynn Assignon ’20 Shares Her Perspective on Research at Wes

Brynn Assignon ’20 Shares Her Perspective on Research at Wes

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Assignon credits Associate Professor of Chemistry and McNair Program Faculty Director Erika Taylor for encouraging her to get involved with research.


Juneteenth Resources

Below are a few resources to help us commemorate Juneteenth and the accomplishments of Black scientists:
•    Taking Time to Reflect: How to Celebrate Juneteenth
•    Juneteenth: Senses of Freedom: The Taste, Sound, and Experience of an African American Celebration
•    National Museum of African American History | Juneteenth Reading List


More Resources in Academia

#ShutDownSTEM: A Guide for Learning and Action

An effort from Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges

Racial and ethnic minorities are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in the United States. This library guide seeks to center the voices and lived experiences of people of color (POC) in STEM.


Success Stories

Who has the most success preparing Black students for careers in science? Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Who has the most success preparing Black students for careers in science? Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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A supportive atmosphere, diverse faculty, and intense preparation keep Black students in science— and push them on to get a PhD.


Black Scientists Spotlight

Black scientists to follow

Black scientists to follow

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Black chemists you should know about

Black chemists you should know about

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These inventors, educators, and unsung heroes changed lives through their work in chemistry

16 black STEM innovators who have defined our modern world

16 Black STEM Innovators & Famous Leaders | Engineer Role Models – iD Tech

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Despite underrepresentation, black innovators have made countless discoveries that have defined current STEM fields.

Herman Branson, Sickle Cell Physicist born

Herman Branson, Sickle Cell Physicist – African American Registry

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August 14.

Herman Branson was born on this date in 1914. He was a Black Physicist.

African American STEM Leaders You Need to Know (If You Don’t Already)

African American STEM Leaders You Need to Know (If You Don’t Already) – DreamBox Learning

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From the invention of the first 3D TV to the first moon-based observatory, African American mathematicians, scientists, and inventors have contributed to our nation’s greatness since the time of President George Washington.

11 Professional Organizations That Support People of Color in STEM

11 Professional Organizations That Support People of Color in STEM | Insights | RippleMatch

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Get familiar with these important organizations.

Black History Month: Highlighting African-American Engineers, Pt. 1

Black History Month: Highlighting African-American Engineers, Pt. 1 – All Together

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Meet and learn more about two SWEsters in the SWE’s African American Affinity Group: Shanequah Brison and Nikia Brown.

These 31 African-American men and women of science have helped further mankind’s understanding of the world and universe around us.

31 Highly Influential African American Scientists

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31 Highly Influential African American Scientists. These 31 African-American men and women of science have helped further mankind’s understanding of the world and universe around us.

100 inspiring Black scientists in America

100 inspiring Black scientists in America – CrossTalk

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In celebration of Black History Month, A.J. Hinton from the University of Iowa presents 100 Black scientists in America that all researchers can look to for inspiration.

Famous Black Scientists

Famous Black Scientists – Discoveries & Inventions – Biography

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Black scientists like George Washington Carver, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Otis Boykin and Mae C. Jemison have made great contributions to scientific progress.

15 Famous Black Scientists in History

15 Famous Black Scientists in History

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In this article at Famous Scientists, we will discuss the famous black scientists, physicians, inventors throughout history and their wonderful achievements.

Learn More About these 28 Scientists for Black History Month

Learn More About these 28 Scientists for Black History Month | Science Buddies Blog

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From The Hospital To The Lab, Black Scientists Are Fighting COVID-19 

From The Hospital To The Lab, Black Scientists Are Fighting COVID-19 

from Forbes

 34 highly influential African American scientists

 34 highly influential African American scientists

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