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HELLO! I’M ALIYAH GRIFFITH

Come Explore

 
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ABOUT ME

From a young age, I’ve always had a sense of motivation and passion driving me forward. Whether it’s exploring unique opportunities, learning additional skills, or meeting new people, I bring these values to every experience throughout my life on a personal and professional level. To learn more about me, keep exploring my site or reach out directly.

 
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MY EXPERIENCE

Background & Expertise

CEO AND FOUNDER, MAHOGANY MERMAIDS

August 2016 - Present

Mahogany Mermaids is a non-profit organization geared to encourage young people of color to enter into the aquatic science field.

AMBASSADOR, SHADOW A SCIENTIST

August 2019 - Present

Provide the opportunity for young students to cultivate their interest in science with first hand experiences in the daily life of a scientist

TUTOR, UNC-CHAPEL HILL ATHLETIC EDUCATION CENTER

August 2019 - 2021

Assist student athletes in their marine science courses as a tutor to enhance their comprehension and organizational skills for this course

UC-HBCU INITIATE, THE DIVERSITY PROJECT: PATHWAYS TO PHD PROGRAM

May 2016 - August 2016

I developed a research project with two other students on the effects of the abundance of turbinaria ornata, a foundational macroalga, on the diversity of invertebrates in Moorea French Polynesia, paid REU- $3,600

 
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EDUCATION

What I’ve Learned

My education has not only provided the foundation for the rest of my experiences, but has also made me a lifelong learner who is eager to gain more skills and knowledge. Take a look at my academics below.

PHD PROGRAM

Earth Marine and Environmental Sciences (Marine Science)

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
(August 2019 - Present)
Building an understanding of graduate level skills and the development of international collaboration and science education.

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Marine Science

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

(August 2019-2022)

 Focused on the impacts of acute disturbances on coral reef growth.

BACHELORS OF SCIENCE

Marine and Environmental Science

Hampton University
(August 2015 - May 2018)
Acquired a multitude of skills and became exposed to new opportunities through internships.

 
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MY SKILLS

What I Do

 

PUBLIC SPEAKING

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SCUBA DIVING

Underwater Scuba Diving

SCIENCE EDUCATION

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COMPUTER LITERACY

Coding

FEATURES/PUBLICATIONS

 
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Published Article with EarthEcho Intl. Medium

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"The best way to predict the future is to create it"

Abraham Lincoln

 
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AWARDS

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Research Explorer Grant

ICRS

Ruth Gates Memorial Award

UNC CHAPEL HILL

Graduate School Travel Award

Graduate School Transportation Grant 

Initiate for Minority Excellence at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 

Doctoral Advancement Award

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

GRFP (Honorable Mention)

UC-HBCU INITIATIVE

UC-HBCU Fellowship: Office of the President of University of California

 
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PRESENTATIONS

NEW HORIZONS IN CONSERVATION CONFERENCE

2022 (Virtual)

INTERNATIONAL CORAL REEF SYMPOSIUM (ICRS)

2021 (Virtual)

ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENCES OF LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY (ASLO)

2017

 

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