2003–present, Fisheries Educational Specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA Fisheries) at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Panama City, Florida

2021 Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Counseling Services, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

2003 M.S., Fisheries Biology, Clemson University

2001 B.S., Marine Science, Savannah State University

For the past 20 years, I have assisted with research at NOAA Fisheries to understand life history parameters, specifically reproduction of snappers and groupers in the Gulf of Mexico. My dissertation research focused on understanding prohibiting barriers at the post-secondary level preventing ethnically underrepresented students from applying to NOAA scholarships. The qualitative research explored ten African American NOAA scholarship recipients’ perceptions of scholarship support and barriers present at public and private predominately White institutions. Scholarship inaccessibility, guidance limitation, research inexperience, and discriminatory environments were found as potential barriers for African Americans seeking scholarships.

Prior to obtaining my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, I identified...

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