Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is science educator and a graduate student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is pursuing a Masters of Education in Science Education and received a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Edmund is a middle school science pedagogue at a New York City public school in The Bronx. He is also currently the administrator for 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. Concurrently, Edmund serves as the founder and director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. He 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 an undergraduate student, Edmund was heavily involved on the campus of The State University of New York at Plattsburgh. His involvement included, but wasn’t limited to, AKEBA (The Black Student Union), the alumni association and resident life. Edmund 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. Following the completion of his master’s degree, Edmund plans continuing education by pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy in Science Education. His research interest includes issues of class, race, gender, privilege, diversity, youth programming and STEM education.