K. Renee Horton is a doctoral candidate in Material Science with a concentration in Physics. She is currently performing her dissertation research on graded recorded media at the Center for Materials Information Technology located at the University of Alabama and will be the first African American to graduate with a PhD in Material Science. She is currently a graduate teacher assistant teaching studio physics 101. Ms. Horton was a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Graduate Student Research Fellow (2004-2007) and a Southern Regional Educational Board Fellow (2005-2008). She is a student executive board member and chairperson for the women in physics committee for the National Society of Black Physicists, the Alabama and Georgia Science and Everyday Experience coordinator for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She established and is currently the scientific outreach coordinator for the MINT Scientific Outreach Program (MINT SOUP). The program services 125 students in the city and county of Tuscaloosa. She was awarded the American Physical Society Topical Group on Magnetism and its Applications (GMAG) outreach grant in 2007. She was a member of the US delegation team to the 2nd International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) International Conference on Women in Physics in 2005. She has been an invited speaker at the NSBP annual conference and at the APS annual March meeting. Ms Horton is the proud mother of three children, Eric 17, Malik 15 and Denise 9. Her greatest accomplishment outside of her family is her success in achieving her goals in spite of her hearing disability.