Welcome New STEM Center Graduate Students

Welcome New STEM Center Graduate Students

The STEM Center would like to welcome three of our new graduate research assistants who are joining us this summer.

Danielle Fischer is pursuing her master’s degree in environmental science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a focus on chemistry and toxicology. She graduated from Webster University with a bachelor degree in education and a minor in biology, chemistry, and general science. She has worked previously as a middle school and high school teacher throughout the St. Louis community. Her main goal is to help inspire the next generation to become stewards of the environment while giving them tools to become better learners and citizens. Danielle is working on the Environmental Health Investigators and Y-CITYSCI programs helping with curriculum development and student programming. Welcome Danielle!

Xander Kalna is currently pursuing a master’s in environmental science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a focus on technology and assessment. His graduate research focuses on fluvial geomorphology and large wood interactions. He obtained a bachelor of science in biological sciences from Lindenwood University and currently works as an analytical chemist analyzing mercury-containing environmental samples. His previous experience includes plant tissue culture and plant transformation, agar media preparation, educational labs, environmental sampling, and a hazmat tech. Xander currently supports curriculum development for the STEM Center’s Y-CITYSCI program and also serves in the Missouri National Guard. Welcome Xander!

Clark Sturdevant received his bachelor degrees in anthropology and performance (music) from the University of Iowa and a master’s of music in vocal performance from Washington University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in cultural heritage and resource management at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. At the STEM Center, he supports virtual outreach, helping to develop the Center’s web pages and social media efforts. He is actively involved with the Safe and Inclusive Field Schools project, which is aimed at reducing sexual harassment, assault, and violence in archaeology field schools. Welcome Clark!