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22-year-old is Virginia’s first black female nanoscientist

GRADUATION: Ginai Seabron is the first black woman to graduate from Virginia Tech’s nanoscience programme (Image: Ginai Seabron/Twitter)

A 22-YEAR-OLD woman has become the state of Virginia’s first black female nanoscientist.

Ginai Seabron’s historical achievement at one of the state’s two institutions that offers a programme on nanoscience, the study of microscopic particles and matter that make up objects.

Seabron shared the news of her graduation on Twitter. Alongside two pictures, one of herself in her cap and gown and another with her mother, she said: “Officially done. These past four years have been long and hard but I/we made it. You are looking at the first African-American woman nanoscientist from Virginia Tech.”

The news that she was the first black woman to graduate from Virginia Tech’s nanoscience programme came as a pleasant surprise to Seabron.

Although she had been aware that she was the only person of colour during classes for her course at Virginia Tech, it wasn’t until the department head looked into it after she raised the topic that she officially found this was the case.

Seabron said: “We talked to the department head and he looked it up and confirmed it."

Her achievement has garnered her recognition and support from people around the world.

Seabron’s mum, Sherita, said she would “pray with her, tell her she can make it, never give up. That wasn’t an option for her” when the pair were living apart during her studies.

Virginia Tech declared its support for Seabron and shared her story in the hopes of encouraging others to apply to the university.

On Twitter they wrote: “There's nothing nano about this accomplishment. Watch out world, here comes Hokie Grad Ginai Seabron: Nanoscientist.”

Next for Seabron is an internship at Virginia Tech, after that she plans to go back to school.

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