Hadiyah-Nicole Green, a 35-year-old physicist, wants to research using laser technology to kill cancer—and she just won $1.1 million to do it. “I didn’t hit a lottery. It’s very structured funding for specific purposes. And yes, I applied multiple times till I got it,” she said. That perseverance and tenacity, she said, is critical for anyone—white, black, female or male—who seeks to build a career in science.