LSU PhD Candidate Elaine Nkwocha Fighting for Access to STEM Education for All

February 11, 2024

Elaine Nkwocha conducting experiments

Elaine Nkwocha

Elaine Nkwocha, a PhD student in LSU's Department of Biological Sciences, says her interactions with children at her grandmother's clinic in her homeland of Nigeria inspired her to fight for the right to quality education for all.

In a personal essay, Nkwocha recounts her inspiring journey from Nigeria, navigating personal tragedy, familial expectations, and educational challenges to pursue her passion for STEM, ultimately becoming an advocate for diversity and inclusion in science education.

In 2022, Nkwocha established the Elaine Education Foundation with the mission of bridging the educational gap and ensuring that all children, especially those least likely to receive an education, have access to quality education and the opportunity to thrive. She also serves as a STEM Mentor in the LSU EnvironMentor program, which offers high school students engaging hands-on science activities aimed at igniting their interest in the field of science.

"Reflecting on my journey, I am grateful for the experiences and people who have influenced my path," Nkwocha said, "and I hope to make a difference in people's lives just as much as was done for me."

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