High school juniors Oluwapelumi (Pelumi) Oloyedewere and Jahneal Francis received awards in the extremely competitive Earth and Environmental Science category of the NYC Science and Engineering Fair for their research project focused on enterococci levels (fecal contamination) in sediment and water from Jamaica Bay and Rockaway's beaches.
Both students are Juniors at Scholars Academy High School and worked on the study last summer through the RWA Environmentor Program in partnership with their mentor Dr. Jessica Joyner of Brooklyn College.
Environmentor is a science research mentoring program that provides high school sophomores and juniors paid internships to participate in an intensive environmental science program and to conduct authentic research under the mentorship of field scientists from local colleges and scientific institutions.
RWA would like to thank the Pinkerton Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the People's United Community Foundation, and the AMNH Science Consortium for their support of the Environmentor Program. Their support has enabled high school students like Pelumi and Jahneal to work directly with science researchers and professionals along the Rockaway shoreline, using our natural resources as an educational benefit for young people to gain experience in fields of science.