Dr. Apriel Hodari, is a recognized expert in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education research; STEM educational equity and workforce diversity; and the culture of STEM disciplines. Currently a Principal Investigator at Eureka Scientific, her current research includes conducting critical ethnographies of programs that have an established record of promoting success for women of color in
Apriel earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a MS and PhD in Physics from Hampton University, where she was the first African American woman to receive a PhD in Physics from the university. After completing her PhD, she joined the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Maryland as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, focusing on undergraduate physics learning at historically black colleges and universities and at women's colleges. From 2000-2001, Apriel served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science Fellow, managing a portfolio of issues including education, health care disparities and science research funding. She also worked in the Public Research Division of the Center for Naval Analysis.
Apriel was Co-Leader of the US Delegations to the Second and Fourth International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Conferences on Women in Physics. She serves on the AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship Advisory Committee and previously served as a member of the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics.
Congraulations to Dr. Apriel Hodari, Purdue-Alpha alumna, a Distinguished Alumnae Award recipient.