Malika Jeffries-EL, doing the hard work.

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She was born in Brooklyn. She was “always curious about why things happened.” Her philosophy is: “Don’t shy away from hard work.” She toured Wellesley, saw the students, and thought: “I want their lives.” Became the first member of her immediate family to go to college. Found a lifelong community of friends at Ethos; found lifelong mentors in the chemistry department. “My professors said, ‘Chemistry needs you. Students need to see you. You can teach, train, and inspire.’”Currently a professor of chemistry at Boston University, where she conducts research on organic semiconductors and solar energy conversion. Class of 1996.