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Head and shoulders photo of a smiling Dr. Mona Minkara
Thursday, October 21, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Speaker: Mona Minkara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University
Presented virtually via Zoom webinar
Free with pre-registration; $5 suggested donation appreciated

Mona Minkara is a blind Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University. She lost her vision at a young age having been diagnosed with macular degeneration and cone-rod dystrophy at seven years old. In spite of the doubts about her inability to accomplish her goals, Mona told herself that she could and would one day become a scientist. Teachers did not always know how to approach her education, and learning was often a struggle. Towards the end of high school, she began to realize something about her own potential—that it was drastically different from society’s expectation of a blind individual. Mona began taking advanced classes and surprised everyone with her success. From then on, she realized that her blindness was not a dead-end for academic advancement.

We are gathering registrant input on topics and questions you would like to see addressed during the event. Please use this link to submit your questions in advance. If time allows, there will also be a short Q&A session at the end of the conversation.

This event is made possible by Foundation for MetroWest, with additional support from Enterprise Bank. The Discovery Museum Speaker Series is offered in collaboration with the MIT Club of Boston.

This event is a change from our originally scheduled program.