Book written by Dr. Malika Grayson ranked #1 in new releases on Amazon

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By STEM Caribbean | Posted on October 6, 2020

Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the Ph.D. by Dr. Malika Grayson ranked #1 on Amazon

Engineer and Trinidad and Tobago 40 under 40 Influencer Dr. Malika Grayson recently launched a book dedicated to black women pursuing higher education. The book titled Hooded: A Black Girl’s Guide to the Ph.D. has been ranked number one in new releases under multiple categories on Amazon since its launch last Wednesday.  

“5 days later and HOODED is STILL trending as #1 New Release across the board! Wow!! Thank you!!!” remarked Dr. Grayson in an Instagram post yesterday.  

Today the book is still trending as number one under the Reference, College Guides, and Graduate School Guides categories.  

Dr. Grayson courageously decided to share her journey with the world and spent the past four years working to make her first book a reality.  

“For the past 4 years I’ve been pushing myself to finish this project and I am so excited to share my story and my journey,” she expressed in another Instagram post in July announcing the book. “Our voices as Black Women are so important and thank you for reminding me that there is a space where this is needed.”  

The book chronicles Dr. Grayson’s experiences as a doctoral candidate in STEM and serves as a guide for other black women pursuing advanced degrees. So far, it has received positive reviews for its engrossing and thought-provoking script.   

“This is one book I did not want to end. A page turner from start to finish,” wrote a reviewer on Amazon.  

Since completing her Ph.D. degree at Cornell University, Dr. Grayson has received notable accolades for her work in STEM. She is the first Black Woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University.  

She was also named one of the 40 under 40 Influencers by Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for her work in STEM.   

In May this year, she was chosen as 1 of 27 Cornell University alumnae to be featured in “Wall of Wonder: Cornell Women Leading the Way in Science, Technology and Engineering,” a book highlighting woman within the US-based university’s alumni community.     

Dr. Grayson’s achievements and experiences serve to inspire women everywhere, currently studying STEM and considering pursuing advanced degrees. For minority women interested in pursuing graduate studies, she has created the Black Girls Guide To Grad School platform, where they can get help and support, including personal statement revisions, and even direct one on one mentorship. Her book is currently available for purchase here: 



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