Let me introduce myself. I am, Kiariah Frances Muller, a senior majoring in Biology at Claflin University from Columbia, South Carolina. Upon arriving to Claflin University I was sure that my ultimate goal was to attain my Doctor of Physical Therapy. The day of registration my major had been selected for me as biology and I was unsure of this. I was sent to the Dean of The School of Natural Science and Mathematics. She explained that this would be the best possible path for me to take as I would gain a great overall understanding of the principles of science and the human body. And let me tell you, she was right. Choosing this path has been an amazing journey for me, and while there have been trials and tribulations I would not change a thing.
In 2019, I competed in the Delta Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Miss Black and Old Gold Pageant at Claflin University. A component of running was deciding on a platform. I wanted to choose something that I felt strongly about and my career is certainly one of them. After much consideration I decided that my platform would be “Black Women in Science: The STEMinist Project.” I chose this because I believe in the saying, “If you see it, then you believe, and if you believe it, you can achieve it.”
I am currently a senior biology major and chemistry minor at Claflin University and a member of the Gamma Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Throughout my undergraduate career I have conducted research in the areas of cancer biology, public health, and exercise science. In 2019, I was rewarded at the Louis Stokes-South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation Symposium at South Carolina State University as the Oral Blitz winner in Epidemiology and Public Health. I was also awarded as the 1st Place Recipient at the E.E. Just Symposium at the Medical University of South Carolina. My project was entitled, "Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Perspective from the South Carolina Alheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Registry. I am currently finishing my thesis entitled, "Test-Retest Reliability of a Measure of Structural Integrity of Interhemispheric Pathways in Chronic Stroke."
The purpose of my project is to advocate and educate. Black women are responsible for 67.5% of all associate’s, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees in the United States. That is more than half. We are currently the most educated group in the country, and we deserve the attention. The imposter syndrome must end. I decided to launch this blog to provide light to my platform. I am here to provide African American women with a sisterhood and to help them on their journeys while telling you about mine. This will not be a typical blog. Here you will find information, opportunities, and empowerment. While I am currently still in my undergraduate career, I have learned many things in the world of science, professionally and socially. I want to share my experiences and provide you with others. I want my black girls to know that you are not alone.