Cancer survivor to return to SC State for dissertation defense

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State University nuclear engineering graduate Valerie Ebere-Chukwu Nwadeyi will return to her alma mater on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, to defend her dissertation defense in pursuit of her doctorate from the University of Michigan.

The event will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Engineering and Computer Science complex auditorium on the SC State campus and online via Zoom.

Nwadeyi entered SC State in fall 2011 after attending a summer bridge program with the South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (SCAMP) and the Engineering Department. Her mother is Mary White, an administrative specialist for SC State’s Honors College.

In summer 2012, Nwadeyi was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer. She received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, which caused her to miss a year of college.

Nwadeyi returned to SC State in summer 2013 while continuing to undergo cancer treatments. She received two internships and several other honors during her stay at SC State, including a 2014 Robert Maher Memorial Scholarship through the Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness. She graduated in spring 2016 with a cumulative GPA of 3.92.

She went on to complete her master’s degree in nuclear engineering and radiological science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and continued with her doctoral studies.

The title of her dissertation is “MLEM Approach to Range Verification for Proton

Therapy Using 3-D Position-Sensitive CdZnTe.”

Guests for the dissertation defense both in person and on Zoom are asked to register here>.

If attending in person, please note that masks will be required for the entirety of the event, even if you are vaccinated. Guests should arrive at least 10 minutes early, as the doors will close at 10:50 a.m.

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