This is an incredible achievement. First of all I'm impressed that she got her graduate degrees in the Physics department at UAB........one of the top science universities in the South!
THEN to top it off she was able to secure this large grant only a few years out of grad school. I'd never heard of the sponsoring program for this award. I initially thought it was an NIH RO1 grant......................which is virtually impossible for new investigators to secure. But it's not an NIH grant. Its a program through the VA specifically targeted to investigators at HBCUs. This is a great program! Here's a link............http://www.research.va.gov/funding/hbcu.cfm
If she's able to navigate this grant and get a lot of work accomplished / published, the sky's the limit for this young lady. As it is, the sky is ALREADY the limit for her. I'm also impressed that she CHOSE to teach at an HBCU. With her credentials, she could've secured a tenure track position at just about any university in the country.
Here's a video I found of her on youtube, participating at an event in Washington, DC at the capitol............