The First Black Woman to Earn a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics at Florida State University

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Kalisa Villafana has made history as the first Black woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Florida State University. Additionally, she is only the 96th Black woman in the country with a Ph.D. in physics. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Villafana decided at the age of 12 that she would be a physicist after conducting science experiments at her school, Holy Faith Convent. She went on to earn her undergraduate degree from historically Black Florida A&M University and returned to Trinidad and Tobago to enter the workforce upon her graduation. After a year of working, she...

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