Jedidah Isler is an Observational Astrophysicist who studies celestial objects that are hard to even imagine, much less scientifically explore.
Isler spent her childhood admiring the stars from her home. It wasnt until she was 12 years old that she discovered the industry of astronomy itself. It was then that Isler sought to study science professionally.
But the odds were against her: At that time, only 18 black women in the United States had ever earned a PhD in a physics-related discipline. In this personal talk, she shares the story of how she became the first black woman to earn a PhD in astrophysics from Yale â€” and her deep belief in the value of diversity to science and other STEM fields. “Do not think for one minute that because you are who you are, you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be,” she says. “Hold fast to those dreams and let them carry you into a world you cant even imagine.”