Dr. RaiAnna Arscott-Hopson was born in Houston, Texas. Dr. Arscott-Hopson graduated from Barbara Jordan High School at 15 years old with highest honors. RaiAnna went on the study Chemistry on the Pre-Med Track at Texas Southern University where she was the youngest student at 19 to receive a bachelor’s degree out of the TSU LSAMP program. While at Texas Southern, RaiAnna received many awards including the WELCH fellowship, Golden Key Honor Society, General University Scholarship, Texas Southern University President’s List, Early Medical School Admission to UTMB, and the Texas Early High School Graduate Scholarship.
RaiAnna is an active member of the American Chemical Society, and the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. RaiAnna earned her PhD in Chemistry at Oklahoma State University under the advisement of Prof. Toby L. Nelson. During her time at OSU, she received the OK-LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate and Skinner Fellowships, and Walt Kolb Scholarship.
RaiAnna was awarded the National Research Council Research Associateship. Where she served as Fellow with the United States Air Force. Dr. Arscott-Hopson is currently employed as a scientist for a major agricultural company near Mobile, Alabama. RaiAnna is married and the mother of a darling little girl.