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Akilah Goldson

Physics and History, Sarah Lawrence College
I think it is chiefly important that we as scientists focus on showing ordinary people how the universe works in the most simple yet satisfying terms.
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Akilah Goldson

Akilah Goldson

My story

As I child I had questions nobody in my family could answer. I assumed physics would lead me to some sort of answer, or at least an interesting way of looking at the universe. I completed a high school summer internship at Yale which led me to become obsessed with learning how everything worked!

I am most passionate about black holes and the knowledge that we can gain from studying them intensely. In the next year, I hope to achieve a DPhil in Theoretical Physics. Along with research, I hope to help advance the number of black physicists by being a mentor for younger students.

Currently, I am the president of the Sarah Lawrence College’s Society of Physics Students and the co-chair of the STEMminist Society, a group dedicated to the professional and personal development of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

The TEAM-UP Together Scholarship award will allow me to afford necessities for school, as well as plan for the future as I enter higher education.