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14-Year-Old Alena McQuarter Graduates From Arizona State University

At just 14 years old, #AlenaMcQuarter stands out as a remarkable teenager with many accomplishments. Graduating from high school at the age of 12, she made headlines as NASA's youngest intern and holds the distinction of being the youngest Black person accepted into medical school. Currently, on the verge of graduating from #ArizonaStateUniversity, where she pursued a bachelor's degree in biomedical biological sciences with a minor in global health, Alena is not slowing down.

Passionate about inspiring girls of color to pursue #STEM fields, she founded Brown STEMGirl, an organization dedicated to empowering young women interested in #science, #technology, #engineering, and #math. Alena's journey reflects her determination to challenge stereotypes, especially after a school principal once discouraged her, asserting that young girls of color couldn't excel academically. Undeterred, she's on a mission to prove otherwise.

Alena's love for science blossomed early, fueled by visits to #NASA and astronomy events with her mother. Despite initially aspiring to be an engineer, she shifted her focus to biological sciences and is set to graduate with a master's in biological sciences in May.

Not just academically inclined, Alena engages in various activities, including playing sports, swimming, and singing. Her musical pursuits took her to Jordan at the age of 9, where she taught music and reading to kids in refugee camps.

Guided by mentor Tonya Webb, an associate professor at the #UniversityofMarylandSchoolofMedicine, Alena participated in cancer research, demonstrating her potential to contribute significantly to the field. Her work focused on ovarian cancer, exploring the use of natural compounds found in herbal remedies.

Looking ahead, Alena plans to pursue a doctorate with a specific interest in viral immunology and infectious diseases. Her mother emphasizes that Alena's happiness is the priority in determining her future endeavors, confident that, whatever path she chooses, she'll excel.

Link: USA Today


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