First African American women earn PhD from CISE department | News

France Jackson, 29, and Jessica Jones, 28, made history on May 4 by becoming the first African American women to receive PhDs from the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Department at UF.

Both Jackson and Jones graduated with their doctorates in human-centric computing from the Wertheim College of Engineering. They said they are eager to encourage other women to pursue science, technology, engineering and math majors as well.

“We have to have more role models for girls,” Jones said.

According to a report from the U.S. Department of Commerce, women made up around 47 percent the workforce in 2017. Only 25 percent of employed women held STEM positions.

The same report also noted that…

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