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*Saundra Herndon Oyewole was born on this date in 1943. She is a Black Microbiologist and educator.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Howard University where she earned her B.S. in zoology magna cum laude, Dr. Oyewole earned her M.S. in microbiology at the University of Chicago and her Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
She is currently Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Biology at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. A member of the faculty since 198l, Dr. Oyewole has had the distinction of holding the Clare Boothe Luce Professorship in Biology. She has served in several leadership roles at Trinity, including Chair of the Biology Program and founding Director of Trinity's Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Certificate Program, which she continues to direct.
One of the highlights of her career as a science educator was her service as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation in 1994. In that role, she worked with the leading innovators in science, math, engineering, and technology education. Dr. Oyewole testified before the U.S. Congress on the status of women in science as the representative of the Association for Women in Science.