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Alena Analeigh        

Brown STEM Girl Founder; Youngest Person of Color Accepted into Medical School & Youngest NASA Intern

Alena Analeigh is an American student who is the youngest Black person to be accepted into medical school in the United States, and the second-youngest person to be accepted into medical school overall. She is also the youngest person ever to work as an intern at NASA. Analeigh was born in Fontana, California and grew up outside of Fort Worth, Texas. Analeigh began reading chapter books when she was three years old, and developed a love for Lego the following year. In elementary school, Analeigh was bullied for her intelligence and her principal said she "couldn't get all A's because of [her] skin color". Shortly after, her mother opted to homeschool her, though Analeigh returned to school in fifth grade, continuing an advanced curriculum to complete high school requirements.

Analeigh graduated from her high school near Fort Worth, Texas at age 12, after which she began attending Arizona State University. Analeigh initially double-majored in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry, hoping to one day be a NASA engineer. After a trip to Jordan with The Brown STEM Girl foundation, she became interested in viral immunology and switched her major to pre-med.

One year into her undergraduate studies, she is halfway through her program and is expected to graduate with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in the spring of 2024. On May 13, 2022, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's Heersink School of Medicine offered Analeigh admission in 2024 through the school’s Burroughs Wellcome Scholars Early Assurance Program, which partners with several Black schools in Alabama to offer students early acceptance as they plan to enter medical school.

The prodigy, who is the youngest Black person to be accepted into medical school, used theGrio Awards stage to speak to young girls and stand in protest to the death of Iranian Mahsa Amini.
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Alena Analeigh & Mae Jemison | The 2022 MAKERS Conference
Alena Analeigh & Mae Jemison at the 2022 MAKERS Conference.
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It’s not every day you get to start your STEM journey at NASA. For Alena Analeigh McQuarter, her journey into the field of science was far beyond a few textbooks and planetarium trips. The 13-year-old went every summer to NASA and even interned at the space program before she went to college. Yes, college.
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