Black Woman Makes History As First To Earn Ph.D. In Physics From UGA

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In December, Whitney Ingram will make history as the first African-American woman ever to graduate from the University of Georgia with a Ph.D. in Physics.
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According to OCG News, who first reported the story, Ingram is quite modest about her remarkable accomplishment. “It didn’t really register. I think I was thinking too small and making it much smaller than it was, but I’m just doing what I love,” she said.




The 27-year-old student is also a part of a UGA research team that specializes in nanotechnology.
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“Being black is one thing. But women and even Americans are minorities in the field of physics,” Ingram told OCG News. “I’m basically an anomaly. I’m the first, but I don’t want to be the last. Now that I think about it, I don’t see any black females coming up under me and none of my teachers were Black or even American. I want females to be inspired to do this.”
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Next month, Ingram will become one of fewer than 100 African-American PhD physicists in the country. Ultimately, she says, she wants to be a professor.


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