Welcome New Graduate Assistants!

Welcome New Graduate Assistants!

The STEM Center would like to welcome three of our new graduate assistants who joined us this summer and fall.

Dwayne Ferguson graduated from Virginia State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology in 2019. He is currently working towards a master’s of science degree in environmental sciences at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Dwayne serves as a graduate assistant on the STEM Center’s National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) and National Science Foundation Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers projects. He helps develop and maintain our air and noise pollution monitoring network.

Margaret Lingane earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is currently working on her master’s in environmental science with a concentration in environmental biology. Margaret serves as a graduate assistant on both the Innovative Technology Experience for Students and Teachers (ITEST) and GEOPATHS projects.

Lily Ward graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with bachelor’s of science degrees in geography with a minor in biology. Since then, she has worked as a field technician at the Great Rivers Field Station, Illinois Natural History Survey, in Alton, Illinois, assisting in the gathering and compilation of fish population data on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers. Lily is now pursuing a master’s of science degree in environmental science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a graduate assistant on the STEM Center’s Innovative Technology Experience for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program, Y-CITYSCI.