Meet the Staff

Our goal is to bring contemporary science and mathematics into middle school classrooms. Rutgers graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines conduct hands-on-scientific activities on the  Rutgers Science Explorer, extending the Rutgers science community beyond the New Brunswick/Piscataway campuses. GK-12 fellows, originally funded by the NSF DRK12 grant, are currently supported by the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS), the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), and the New Brunswick Graduate School

Graduate Fellows

  • Jessica Johnson - Department of Engineering-Materials Science & Engineering
  • Laina Lockett - Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources
  • Ria Sarkar - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Michael Monzon - Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Alex Yonk - Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience 
  • Branden Sanabria - Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience 
  • Courtney McDermott - Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience 
  • Sarah Skubel - Division of Life Sciences
  • William R Morales-Medina - Department of Molecular Bioscience
  • Alvin Crespo - Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources

Program Assistant 

  • Emmanuel Serrano-Perez
  • Nicole Grzybowski 

Testimonials

"Just to let you know, your staff is great and the students really had fun." Science teacher - Bayonne, NJ 

"I just wanted to thank you so very, very much for the most recent visit we had with the Rutgers Science Explorer Bus! Anthony, Jessica, and Brittany were fantastic and the kids were talking about the activity literally for weeks. They can't wait until you're coming again!  It was just really an awesome three days here and I thank you again for everything!" Science Teacher - New Brunswick, NJ 

"Once again, you and the graduate students of the Rutgers Science Explorer Bus provided an extraordinary experience for our sixth, seven, and eighth-grade students. As the bus was transformed into a laboratory, students took the role of environmentalists, biologists, forensic anthropologists, and chemical geologists to find solutions, identities, and challenges.  Science Teacher - Haskell, NJ

"I wasn't really interested in science. Now that I know that there is more to science than just testing things, I might want to get a job as a volcanologist." Science student -  Robinsville, NJ

" I never knew science could be this fun. " Science student - Robisville, NJ

If you have questions or testimonials you would like to share, please contact our senior program coordinator:

Patricia Irizarry, Ph.D.
Address: 618 Allison Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
P: 848-445-3442
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