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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 - Present

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
UNC CHAPEL HILL

August 2019 - Present

I am currently in the Castillo lab focusing on the impacts of acute disturbances on coral reef growth.

BS MARINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

August 2015 - May 2018

At Hampton University I was able to acquire a multitude of skills and become 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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Reef Scientist Feature with International Coral Reef Society Student Blog

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

Abraham Lincoln

 
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AWARDS

UNC CHAPEL HILL

Graduate School Travel Award (1,000)

Graduate School Transportation Grant (1,000)

Initiate for Minority Excellence at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (5,000)

UC-HBCU INITIATIVE

UC-HBCU Fellowship: Office of the President of University of California (3,600)

ICRS

Ruth Gates Memorial Award (5,000)

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

GRFP (Honorable Mention)

 
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PRESENTATIONS

ASSOCIATION FOR THE SCIENCES OF LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY (ASLO)

2017

INTERNATIONAL CORAL REEF SYMPOSIUM (ICRS)

2021 (Virtual)

 

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