Young lady sets record at US university, becomes first black woman to earn degree in Marine Science


A young woman named Aliyah Griffith has made history as the first black woman to earn a graduate degree in Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina in the United States.


Aliyah Griffith, a student-athlete made history by becoming the first-ever Black woman to earn a graduate degree in Marine Sciences at University of North Carolina, United States.

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She said she developed interest in marine sciences when she was just 5 years old during a trip to SeaWorld with her family. Aliyah said when she was 7, she approached a dolphin trainer at the Baltimore Aquarium to figure out exactly what their job title was.

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Aliyah said immediately she discovered that was when she decided her career path. “By age seven or eight, I was running around like, ‘I’m going to be a marine biologist. And people were like, ‘why do you know what that is?’,” she recalled.

Aliyah said she held on to her dream and went to bag her bachelors degree in Marine Science at Hampton University. Upon graduation, she proceeded to pursue a graduate degree in marine sciences at University of North Carolina.


While at the University, Aliyah worked in the school’s Castillo Lab, focusing on the impact of global change on the ocean’s coral reefs. She also became a staunch advocate for diversity in marine sciences, working to create opportunities for other students of color.

She also founded Mahogany Mermaids in 2016, an organization focused on empowering children of color in the aquatic sciences. The organisation has provided aquatic science programs for youth and hopes to expand their offerings soon.


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