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February 8, 2017 AT 12:30 am

Roger Arliner Young – African American History Month 2017 #BlackHistoryMonth

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Today we celebrate Roger Arliner Young (1889-1964), who became the first black woman to receive her PhD in Zoology in 1940, overcoming many personal obstacles to do so.

Read more about her story on The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed.

Young enrolled at Howard University at the age of twenty-seven, intending to major in music.  After struggling through a biology course with African American biologist Ernest Everett Just, she changed her major to that subject, earning a B.S. in 1923.  Just hired her as an assistant professor at Howard while she attended graduate school.  The next year, Young enrolled at the University of Chicago in Illinois part-time and published her first article on paramecium which achieved international recognition. She received her M.S in Zoology in 1926 and was elected to the honor society Sigma Xi.

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