As a product of New York City Public schools, Dr. Adjapong is committed to promoting equitable practices in STEM classrooms, especially in urban settings. Dr. Adjapong believes that every student has the ability to learn and does so differently. He also believes that engaging urban youth with media and utilizing youth culture–despite its unconventional method–is an effective means to educate. Dr. Adjapong 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 is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project, where he writes and speaks about issues of race, diversity, social justice and education.
Dr. Adjapong enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color. His research interest includes STEM education, Hip-Hop education, issues of class, race, gender, privilege, diversity and youth programming.
- Ph.D, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.Phil, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Ed.M, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.A, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Emdin, C., Adjapong, E. S & Levy, I (2016). Hip-hop Based Interventions as Pedagogy/Therapy in STEM: A Model from Urban Science Education. Journal of Multicultural Education, 10(3), 307 – 321.
- Adjapong, E. S. & Emdin, C, Levy, I. (2016). Empowering Girls of Color through Authentic Science Internships. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. (12), 24-34.
- Adjapong, E. S. & Emdin, C. (2015). Rethinking pedagogy in urban spaces: Implementing hip-hop pedagogy in an urban science classroom. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. (11), 6
- Elwess, N L., Kopp, M., Lavioe, E., Coons, J., Adjapong, E. S. & Latourelle, M. (2015). Analysis of Ancient Mitochondrial DNA within the Tipu Maya Collection. The Internet Journal of Biological Anthropology. 1(8), 1-7.
- 2018-2020: Faculty Fellow at the Institute of Urban and Minority Education at Columbia University
- 2018: 1st Place Dissertation of the Year Award – American Association for Blacks in Higher Education
- 2017: New Scholar Creativity and Pedagogy Award - The University of Calgary
- 2017: Diversity in Research Award - Teachers College, Columbia University
- 2017: Off to a Good Start Award - The State University of New York at Plattsburgh Alumni Association