CEO of Google Sundar Pichai was among some of the world's top tech leaders and scientists who commended a woman for pursuing science despite scoring zero on a quantum physics exam only a few years ago.
Sarafina Nance is doing PhD in astrophysics at one of the top institutions in the world, the University of California, Berkeley. The 26-year-old astrophysicist is researching supernovae.
"4 years ago I got a 0 on a quantum physics exam. I met with my professor fearing i needed to change my major & quit physics. today, I'm in a top tier astrophysics Ph.D program & published 2 papers. STEM is hard for everyone -- grades don't mean you're not good enough to do it (sic.)," she said in a tweet on Thursday which has now been liked over 57,000 times and retweeted over 10,000 times.
The inspiring story of the young astrophysicist who is also a breast cancer survivor opened the gates for a flood of similar stories. Among them is Mike Turner, Director of Science, Wellcome Trust, a research charity based in London.