Aaida and Tahoura Samad, identical-twin freshmen at UC Berkeley, will soon welcome a familiar face to campus — their mother.

Bushra Samad, who earned a bachelor’s degree in bio-engineering from Berkeley in 2008, has just been admitted to the bio-engineering Ph.D. program that Cal offers jointly with UCSF. She is one of just 53 students accepted out of 508 applicants.

Bushra Samad (pictured above, center) will join her daughters Aaida and Tahoura (left and right) who are also studying the sciences.

Is this another one of those only-at-Berkeley stories asks UC Berkeley News?

Perhaps. As they point out, it’s hard to imagine many other universities playing “scholastic home” to such a trio. “And it might be difficult, too, for many mothers raising teenage daughters to imagine earning a bio-engineering degree and winning admission to a highly competitive graduate program at the same time.”

Read the full story here.

Photo by Peg Skorpinski.

Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...