Black Woman Makes History at Florida State University

Kalisa Villafana is making history as the first black woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from Florida State University.

What We Know:

  • Villafana, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, according to WTXL. After one year of working from home, she returned to Florida to continue her education as an opportunity for career advancement at Florida State University.
  • Villafana’s research in the Ph.D. program has been featured in the top scientific journals in the world.
  • Post graduation, ABC Action News reports, Villafana’s academic achievement has awarded her a position at the Intel Corporation in Arizona as a process engineer.
  • She made history as a graduate student and mentor, but she hopes to one day work as a medical physicist specializing in cancer research. Goals.

Villafana has become the 96th black woman in the country with a Ph.D. in Physics.