Jasmine Bowers has made history by becoming the first African American student to receive a doctoral degree in computer science from the University of Florida. This remarkable achievement highlights the importance of diversity and representation in STEM fields and inspires future generations of students.
Bowers’ accomplishment is especially significant given the historical lack of representation of Black people in the STEM workforce. According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, only 9% of STEM workers in the U.S. are Black. Bowers’ achievement is a beacon of hope for those who aspire to enter these fields.
Bowers’ interest in technology and computer science was sparked at a young age. She credits her mother, a self-taught engineer, for introducing her to technology and encouraging her to pursue her passion for STEM. Bowers went on to double major in Mathematics and Computer Science at Fort Valley State University and earned a master’s degree at North Carolina A&T before achieving her doctorate at the University of Florida.
Bowers’ historic achievement has drawn attention and praise from around the world. She joins the ranks of other pioneering Black women in STEM, including NASA’s first Black female engineer, Mary Jackson, and Dr. Patricia Bath, the first Black woman to receive a medical patent.
In an interview with BOTWC, Bowers expressed her hope that her accomplishment would inspire other students, particularly young girls, to explore STEM fields. She plans to continue to give back to her community and encourage more Black students to pursue their interests in STEM.
As Bowers prepares to begin her career as an engineer, she carries with her the knowledge that she has made history and paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps. Her story serves as a reminder of the power of determination, hard work, and perseverance in achieving one’s dreams. Congratulations, Jasmine Bowers, on your incredible achievement and for inspiring future generations to break barriers and make history.