Morgan State University Produces Second Astronaut Scholarship Recipient

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Mikayla Harris becomes the second student from Morgan State University to receive the competitive Astronaut Scholarship. 

Mikayla Harris has become the second student from Morgan State University to be awarded the competitive Astronaut Scholarship.   

The Astronaut Scholarship is given to top-performing juniors or seniors students studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics to pursue research or advance their respective fields.  

Harris is a senior at Morgan State University who beat out 60 other students from 44 universities across the nation to be awarded a $15,000 scholarship in 2021. Micaela Fleetwood was Morgan State University’s winner last year.

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Harris arrived at Morgan State University with a lot of potential and promise but has since grown into someone committed to research, innovation and production of future leaders in STEM.  

“I wanted to apply to represent Morgan State as well as Black women in STEM,” Harris said. “There is not enough biomedical research that includes black people, people of color and other minority groups.”

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Harris was not interested in science when she initially came to Morgan State University.  

“I am a violinist, so I planned to become a musician. I had not intended to pursue science, but I fell in love with exploring my inquisitions, specifically in biomedicine. I truly want to help people and serve my community,” Harris explained. 

Harris is set to graduate in Spring of 2022 and would like to pursue an MD-PhD and use her education to advance the work in racial health disparities., particularly looking at variances found in female infertility.  

“I want to emphasize how grateful I am for Morgan. Morgan has definitely prepared me for opportunities like this scholarship and upon graduation, I will be prepared for opportunities to pursue what I really am interested in, which is helping my community and underrepresented individuals,” she said.

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