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she became an astronaut with the title of science mission specialist. Charles Jemison. and Jemison spent considerable time in her school library reading about all aspects of science. and Dorothy (Green) Jemison. On September 12. in 1981. a job which would make her responsible for conducting cr ew r elated scientific exper iments on the space shuttle. in chemical engineering and a B. but when she reapplied a year later. she interned at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center and later worked as a general practitioner. a roofer and carpenter. her parents were supportive and encouraging of her talents and abilities. Her sister. 1987. she became convinced she wanted to pursue a career in biomedical engineering. is a real estate broker. Alabama as the youngest child of Charlie Jemison. she found time to expand her horizons by visiting and studying in Cuba and Kenya and working at a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand. Ada Jemison Bullock. and served as head of the Black Student Union. Jemison was very involved in extracurricular activities including dance and theater productions. when Jemison was three to take advantage of better educational opportunities there. During her time at Morgan Park High School. 1956. 1992.A. As she had been in high school.000. physician. The Challenger disaster of January 1986 delayed the selection process. Jemison was one of the 15 candidates chosen from a field of about 2. an elementary school teacher.Born October 17. in African and African-American Studies. Upon graduation. and her brother. she entered Stanford University on a National Achievement Scholarship. Throughout her early school years. At Stanford. she entered Cornell University Medical College to work toward a medical degree. Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47 . For the next two and a half years. 1 .S. Jemison pursued a dual major and in 1977 received a B. in Decatur. After mor e than a year of training.SUMMARY Astronaut. she was the area Peace Corps medical officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia where she also taught and did medical research. When she obtained her M. In October of that year she applied for admission to NASA's astronaut training program. she became the first African Amer ican woman ever admitted into the astronaut training program. When Jemison was chosen on June 4. especially astronomy. and it is that city that she calls her hometown.D. became a child psychiatrist. she made a career change and decided to follow a dream she had nurtured for a long time. . Following her return to the United States in 1985. The family moved to Chicago. Illinois. During her years there. and when she graduated in 1973 as a consistent honor student.

Jemison noted that society should recognize how much both women and members of other minority groups can contribute if given the opportunity. She is also an advisory committee member of the American Express Geography Competition and an honorary board member of the Center for the Prevention of Childhood Malnutrition.was named after her. and a Montgomery Fellowship from Dartmouth College in 1993. Jemison received several honorary doctorates. the 1988 Essence Science and Technology Award. she spent slightly over 190 hours in space before returning to Earth on September 20. Following her historic flight.the Mae C. Also in 1992.SUMMARY CONTINUAT ION During her eight days in space. the EbonyBlack Achievement Award in 1992. Altogether. and was named Gamma Sigma Gamma Woman of the Year in 1990. Jemison is a member of the American Medical Association. Jemison Academy . Jemison accepted a teaching fellowship at Dartmouth. 2 . and served on the Board of Directors of the World Sickle Cell Foundation from 1990 to 1992. After leaving the astronaut corps in March 1993. an alternative public school in Detroit. the American Association for the Advancement of Science. she conducted experiments on weightlessness and motion sickness on the crew and herself. In recognition of her accomplishments. Michigan . the American Chemical Society.

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