#BlackHistory: Mareena Robinson Snowden Is The First Black Woman To Earn A PhD In Nuclear Engineering

July 24, 2018

Congratulations Mareena Robinson Snowden!! #keepshining
Mareena Robinson Snowden became the first black woman to earn a P.h.D in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology! 
Mareena Robinson Snowden, 30, posted via Instagram that she is grateful for her experiences high and low on her journey.

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First black woman to earn a PhD from MIT in Nuclear Engineering **insert praise break here* . No one can tell me God isn’t. Grateful is the best word I have to describe how I feel. Grateful for every part of this experience – highs and lows. Every person who supported me and those who didn’t. Grateful for a praying family, a husband who took on this challenge as his own, sisters who reminded me at every stage how powerful I am, friends who inspired me to fight harder. Grateful for the professors who fought for and against me. Every experience on this journey was necessary, and I’m better for it. . When they ask where the skilled black female technical minds are, know there are many – @joymariejohnson, @_sai_89, @rhondalenai, @being_niaja, @jtiaphd, @siangoan, April Gillens, @beyoncizzle, Tiera Fletcher, Ciara Sivels, Grey Batie, @tashaleeb, @special_kay868, Staci Brown, Njema Fraizer, @jedidahislerphd, Delonia Wiggins, Jami Valentine Miller and many more – who show up proudly in the fullness of their black womanhood and fight each day for our place in these fields. . I’m grateful to be in this number, and happy to have proved the principle in my own department. 👩🏽‍🎓👩🏾‍🔬⚛️

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She also told CNBC that she didn’t see herself in a STEM career as a little girl and she was in fact afraid of science and math to the point she had anxiety.
Snowden credits her math and science teachers for helping her to understand math/physics as a skill that she could grow and develop like a muscle because she thought she wasn’t any good at it.
Mareena has an amazing story! You can read more in depth about her at CNBC’s Make it.
The only thing that limit’s you is truly YOU. When you think you can’t YOU can NOT, but when you think you can YOU could do ANYTHING you put your mind too!
Remember you are limitless!

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