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Black in STEM


Linda Powell

Linda Powell, M.D.


Major and Degree: Science, B.S.

Graduation Year: 1981

Current Position: 

  • Professor and Head, Department of Biology, Community College of Philadelphia (on sabbatical spring 2022)    
  • Project Director, LSAMP initiative, Community College of Philadelphia 
  • First Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc.



Connect: Email


What motivates you to do/pursue science and/or medicine?

There is nothing like the joy in a student’s face when the hard work of science classes clicks for them. I have been running a biology department as well as teaching anatomy/physiology for over 20 years. Students come back to see me all the time and let me know how they are progressing in their careers.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

A time to acknowledge the greatness in the African American community.