PhD Accelerator Team


Ruth Agbaji

Ruth Agbaji is the Director of The Grad Spark. She has a MS in Computer Science from Tufts University. She has worked extensively in the tech industry including a Software Development role at Microsoft. Starting fall 2017, she will be a PhD student of Computer Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


Dr. Felicia Fullilove

Dr Fullilove is a Spelman College Faculty. Her research interests are in Science Communication, Catalysis and Reaction Kinetics. Dr Fullilove earned her PhD in Organic Chemistry from Emory University in 2014.


Jasmine Brown Baker

Jasmine B. Baker is a PhD Candidate at Louisiana State University in the Department of Biological Sciences. She obtained her B.S and M.S in Biological Sciences from Louisiana Tech University. Jasmine B. Baker is currently specializing in comparative genomics and computational biology.


Ashley Marie Taylor

Ashley Taylor is a 5th year Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. Inspired by a STEM-driven household, she obtained her B.S. in Chemistry from Winston-Salem State University and a M.S. degree in Chemistry from Louisiana State University. Ashley Taylor is currently specializing in nanoscience with a background in fluorescence spectroscopy.


Dr Mayen B. Udoetuk

Dr. Udoetuk is a faculty member at Texas A&M University at Galveston.  She is a chemist and educational psychologist with deep interests in pedagogy, andragogy, and educational interventions that close disparity gaps in STEM and STEAM industries.  Dr. Udoetuk holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University.  Her Masters in Educational Psychology and Doctorate in Education are from the University of Houston.

Board of Advisors


Dr. Fanuel Muindi

Dr. Fanuel Muindi is the Co-Founder and Director of STEM Education Advocacy group, a think tank that seeks to identify, analyze, share and promote programs, proposals, organizations, and original ideas which advance science education around the world. Dr Muindi earned a doctorate degree in Biological Science from Stanford University and is currently an Assistant Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University.


Dr. Juan E. Gilbert

Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is The Banks Preeminence Chair in Human-Centered Computing and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Human Experience Research Lab. He is also a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, an ACM Distinguished Scientist and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Dr. Gilbert was recently named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in Technology.


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