Dr. Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is an assistant professor in the Education Studies Department at Seton Hall University. science educator and a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Adjapong holds a Ph.D. and three masters degrees in science education from Teachers College, Columbia University and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Dr. Adjapong holds a teacher certification in science secondary education and is a former is a middle school science pedagogue at a New York City public school in The Bronx. He is the co-founder and director of the Science Genius Program, a program that engages urban students in the sciences through Hip-Hop, and the director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. Dr. Adjapong has appeared on media outlets such as Hot 97’s radio station and is a contributing writer for The Good Men Project, where he writes and speaks about issues of race, diversity, social justice and education.
As a graduate student, Dr. Adjapong was heavily involved in the Insitute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) where he served as a Graduate Research Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University. As a graduate fellow, Dr. Adjapong’s research focused on engaging black boys utilizing multimedia and evaluating educational programs that utilize Hip-Hop as a tool of engagement. Dr. Adjapong was also an undergraduate genetic research student where his research primarily focused on determining the migration routes of ancient Maya by extracting and analyzing ancient DNA from Maya skeletons. Edmund is a member of many honor societies such as Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and Delta Mu Iota Tutoring Honor Society. Additionally, Edmund was nominated by his peers at SUNY Plattsburgh to be honored as the Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. He recently received the Presidents Award for Excellence, one of SUNY Plattsburgh’s highest achievements, for his academic excellence and leadership.
Edmund believes every student has the ability to learn and does so differently. He also believes that engaging urban youth with media–despite its unconventional method–is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color, as they are our future. His research interest includes issues of class, race, gender, privilege, diversity, youth programming and STEM education.