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#WCWinSTEM: Jami M. Valentine, PhD

#WCWinSTEM: Jami M. Valentine, PhD


#VanguardSTEM is committed to celebrating the women of Color who work every day to contribute to the STEM community. Each week, we’ll feature a woman – or group of women – across the career stages who has demonstrated her passion by studying, working, innovating or creating change in (and through!) the STEM/STEAMM fields!

This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Dr. Jami M. Valentine, the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in physics from Johns Hopkins University.

An activist, Dr. Valentine engages in many outreach activities, including speaking to young physicists, future scientists and engineers and those interested in non-academic physics careers, especially intellectual property.

She founded a website dedicated to African-American women in physics, AAWiP.com. The goal of the website is to honor the women who paved the way, to inspire future physicists, and to connect with all people interested in promoting diversity in Physics and other STEM fields.

A native Philadelphian, she was recruited to FAMU by the distinguished Rattler Dr. Leonard Johnson and was offered the Life–Gets–Better scholarship by President Humphries.  She graduated cum laud in 1996.

Jami earned a master’s at Brown University, then went to Johns Hopkins University, where she studied the spin properties of rare earth metals under Professor C.L. Chien. In 2006 Jami became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from Johns Hopkins University. This also made her the first female FAMU alumna to earn a Ph.D. in Physics.

In 2006 she joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She examines patent applications for a wide variety of semiconductor devices.  An outstanding primary examiner, she is also a full time telecommuter.

To read more about Dr. Valentine and to connect with her directly, visit her website: www.DrJami.com. You can also find her on Twitter at @DrJamiV.


Do you know a #WoCinSTEM we should feature as our #WCWinSTEM? Shout her out! Send your nominations to social@vanguardstem.com. Please include a short 3-sentence bio, a photo and links to her website and/or social media handles. 

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