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This year, a Louisiana-based HBCU made history over the high amount of black undergraduates who finish school with a degree in physics.
According to the Associated Press, Dillard University (an historically black higher education institution located in New Orleans, Louisiana) is head and shoulders over larger schools when it comes to cranking out physics experts. This story is very amazing considering the small size of the student population at Dillard University, which has an enrollment of 1200.
What happened in New Orleans at Dillard this past academic year is comparable to the biblical story of David and Goliath. With just one small stone and a slingshot, a young David, the future king of the Israelites, slayed Goliath, a feared, physically strong, and well-armed Philistine warlord who reportedly stood over 10 feet tall.
With an endowment of just $58 million, Dillard University was neck and neck with North Carolina A&T State University on the American Institute of Physics’ top 10 list of colleges and universities across America with the highest amounts of successful physics undergraduates. North Carolina A&T State University is just about 10 times larger than Dillard.
Last month’s Associated Press report on this incredible accomplishment also covered some equally astonishing news about the unprecedented level of academic achievement going on at Dillard. Since 2007, roughly one-third of the physics undergraduates that have walked the stage at Dillard have been young black women.
Janelle Monáe, the A-list singer, model, and co-star of the groundbreaking film “Hidden Figures” recently held an exclusive interview with the Associated Press before Dillard University’s 2017 graduation ceremony. Monáe, 31, was also a keynote speaker at Dillard’s commencement this year.
“To see that we have this significant number of women representing (science and math) in the way that they are is a blessing to America and our future,” Monáe told the Associated Press. “To have physicists coming out of New Orleans who are African-American women … that’s a huge deal,” she continued.
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