2015 SETAC/Menzie Environmental Education Award Winner
Savannah State University
The SETAC/Menzie Environmental Education Award requires the recipient to make significant contributions to environmental education either through educating other educators or by working with community groups and K-12 programs. Dr. Kenneth Sajwan does it all. Sajwan, Professor and Program Director of the Environmental Science Program at Savannah State University has taught undergraduate courses in environmental science and biology for over 20 years. Over the span of those years, he has engaged his students in research projects, encouraged their participation in scientific conferences, opened his funded projects and labs to their participation, and mentored several that have gone on to pursue higher degrees in science. His personal dedication to their success was articulated in numerous letters of support from colleagues and previous students.
Science education and outreach at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and contributions to community activities are what set Sajwan apart from the other nominees. He has mentored special needs high school students through the NASA High School High Tech Program; training participants to use cutting-edge laboratory equipped with new software to enhance their employment opportunities. His contributions to summer workshops through the Eisenhower Teacher Quality Education Program/“No Child Left Behind” Teacher Quality Education Program have resulted in training to over 150 K-12 science teachers on coastal ecology, environmental issues and habitats. Sajwan is an instructor at a radiation energy and technology summer workshop funded by the US Department of Energy. At any given time, he is giving his time to students through the Mentor-Mentee Education Partnership (high schools) and the Mentoring Environmental Scholars Program (undergraduates), which serve students in demographics traditionally underrepresented in science.