In her interview, Franceine explains that her experience teaching in Bagamoyo taught her the importance of diversity and representation in education. Her internship experience was transformative in that it allowed her to see that being a scientist communicates to other black girls that it is possible for them to pursue STEM fields. Franceine believes in the importance of faculty diversity in higher education, especially at predominantly white institutions. Her college career has been shaped by supportive faculty and seeing women of color in academia who wanted to see her thrive and whom she can relate to.
Franceine's hard work and dedication in STEM has earned her acceptance to 3 Ph.D. programs. This fall she will be attending Stony Brook University where she will receive her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Team Sasamani is extremely proud of Franceine and rooting for her every step of the way."
To read her full interview, click here.