Meet the Staff

Our goal is to bring contemporary sccience and mathemathics into middle school classrooms. Rutgers graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathemathics (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 Graudate School

Graduate Fellows

  • Johnny Quispe Aquije - Department of Ecology and Evolution
  • Jessica Johnson - Department of Engineering-Materials Science & Engineering
  • Zoe Kitchel - Department of Ecology,Evolution & Natural Resources
  • Ariel Kruger - Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Sciences
  • Laina Lockett - Division of Life Sciences
  • Monica Norton - Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Spencer Roth - Department of Environmental Sciences
  • Ria Sarkar - Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Bernard Somers - Department of Medicinal Chemistry
  • Gwyndolin Vail - Department of Toxicology

Program Assistant 

  • Emmanuel Serrano-Perez


"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 eight grade students. As the bus was transformed into a laboratory, students took the role of environmentalist, biologists, forensic anthropolgists 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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