Todays blog post is brought to you by Dwayne Johnson.
Hello, my name is Dwayne. I am a graduate assistant in SIUE’s STEM Center working on the Youth-Led Citizen Science Network for Community Environmental Assessment (Y-CITYSCI). I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Environmental Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a focus on Environmental Policy and Public Administration. My role as a graduate assistant for Y-CITYSCI involves designing lesson plans, incorporating citizen science applications and providing an enriching STEM experience for students in the community.
I graduated from Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA with Bachelor of Science in Biology. I also am a member of the Alpha Phi chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. After graduating, I was able to gain work experiences in various aspects of STEM, including Microbiology and Wet Chemistry, that was able to open my eyes to the vast world and opportunities of STEM.
Growing up in Chicago, IL, I’ve been able to see the impacts that large cities, like such, can have on the environmental components like soil. These impacts, whether from air pollution, contamination or other factors, that on soils can be detected via soil analysis. Through the data collected from soil analysis, you can pinpoint exactly what is contributing the pollution or contamination in these cities.
My love for science began when I participated in a program, like Y-CITYSCI, at Tuskegee University while in high school. This program allowed me to have a hands-on STEM experience while also being able to contribute to the community of Tuskegee, Alabama. I look forward to providing this same enriching experience that I received to others through soil sampling and testing.
Photo of Dwayne provided by Dwayne Johnson.