Bio

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IT ALL STARTED ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO…

Growing up in a single parent home, Justin J. Shaifer had little awareness of the potential of a STEM career. His worldview drastically transformed after experiences at Hampton University.  Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in marine and environmental science with the highest departmental GPA, and was also president of Hampton University's student body while receiving scholarships from NASA and NOAA that covered 100% of his tuition and room & board. Now 24 years old, he travels the country empowering young students to "embrace their inner nerd" despite their surroundings.

Justin is a PhD student at Columbia University and the Founder & Executive Director of Fascinate Inc. an organization created to excite underrepresented students about STEM. He performs teacher training and develops culturally responsive STEM curriculum for institutions in New York City. He is known for his work on the Magic Cool Bus Project. Past partners of his organization include Google, Microsoft, MIT Media Lab, and Children’s Aid.

His STEM-centric content has received over 1.5M views on all platforms, and he has performed over 50 speaking engagements, reaching over 10,000 students in the past 2 years. His programs have served over 500 students in the New York City area.