Meet The First Black Woman To Earn A Nuclear Engineering Ph.D. From Nation’s Top Program

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Ciara Sivels knew she was going to make history, but she really wanted to focus on finishing her Ph.D. program first.

Sivels, a native of Chesapeake, Virginia, is the first black woman to earn a doctoral degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan, the top program in the country.

“It was something that was in the back of my mind as I was going through the program,” Sivels told HuffPost. “So yeah, it was something that I thought about, but I tried not to make it the focus because I didn’t want to add more stress to the rigor of the program.”

Sivels, 27, successfully defended her thesis “Development of an Advanced Radioxenon Detector for Nuclear Explosion Monitoring” in October. (read more)

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