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Man emerges first black person to earn Ph.D. in Mathematics from Indiana university, celebrates achievement

A young man named Dominique Kemp has etched his name in history as the first black individual to earn a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Indiana University in the United States.

Kemp’s academic journey began with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Stanford University, and he later ventured to Indiana University in Bloomington to pursue his doctorate in mathematics. 

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His path to this remarkable accomplishment was not without challenges, as he was the lone Black student within the program during his last three years at Indiana University.

Additionally, there were no Black professors in the mathematics field during his time at the university.

Reflecting on his unique experience, Kemp shared, “I was the closest the students got to having a Black mathematics professor here at IU when I was an associate instructor. In 2018, I believe, I became the only one in the Mathematics Ph.D. program when the last of the other two Black students departed from the program.”

Man emerges first black person to earn Ph.D in Mathematics from Indiana university

Throughout his academic journey, Kemp was an active student, offering tutoring in mathematics and advocating for increased diversity within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. He is deeply committed to addressing the underrepresentation of Black individuals in STEM disciplines.