Jasmine Bowers has recently made history as the first-ever African American student to receive a doctorate degree in Computer Science from the University of Florida.
On July 15, I became the first black woman to defend a dissertation in computer science at UF.— Jasmine Bowers, Ph.D. (@JasmineDBowers) July 19, 2020
“You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don’t give up, whate’er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!” pic.twitter.com/4NaPbgr9Hq
Bowers double majored in Math and Computer Science at Fort Valley State University and earned her masters at North Carolina A&T before receiving his doctorate. She now joined the ranks of other historic Black women in STEM such as Mary Jackson, NASA’s first Black female engineer, and Dr. Patrica Bath, the first Black woman to receive a medical patent.
Bowers is grateful for the support of her teachers, mentors, advisors, and friends throughout her study for many years. She is most especially thankful for her mother who guided her and pushed her to achieve more.
“The seed of motivation was planted at a young age when my mother taught me how to use Excel to record my ‘wish list.’ I grew up in a household where I was encouraged to embrace technology,” Bowers told BOTWC. “I also had the freedom to utilize technologies that included computers and other equipment that my mother, an [self-taught] engineer, had.”
The firsts just keep rolling in. Congratulations to Jasmine Bowers, the first Black person to obtain a doctorate in computer science from University of Florida. We stan! 🎓 👏🏾 https://t.co/Givjoo2MQo— Afrotech (@AfroTech) August 13, 2020
In addition, Bowers hopes to inspire other students to be interested in STEM to occupy the reportedly lacking representation of Black people in the workplace.
“I will be moving to a new state and starting my career as an engineer where I get to put into practice all of my studies. I will continue to give back and encourage young girls to explore STEM,” she said.
Jasmine Bowers has made history for herself and recorded a Great feat, what do you think?