Jennifer Stimpson earned her Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Dillard University. She earned a Master’s in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Northern Iowa, the first African American woman at this campus to earn a STEM advanced degree. The field of education has given Jennifer the opportunity to serve students, as a community leader through practice, volunteer efforts, and innovative programming. She utilizes leadership and policy to disseminate effective science enrichment to help reduce the burden of lack of exposure for girls and children of color. This “non-traditional” scientist engages students by sharing real-world applications of scientific concepts.
Jennifer created jSTEMp Science, which sponsored her widely known, “Get a ‘KIC’ out of Science” (KIC stands for Knowledge in Chemistry) to advance the knowledge of education through innovation and science. With a global vision to change communities of her Native Dallas home, Ms. Stimpson recognizes the need for stronger science literacy and serves her community to strengthen STEM awareness and knowledge. Jennifer has developed programs for DI&E both nationally and internationally. Jennifer is often the only woman of color in her field and works to ensure the door is open for women behind her. Jennifer was a Fulbright-funded faculty in education collaboration excursion in Ghana teaching young women about STEM. She is a Grants Review Panelist, National Science Foundation (NSF) and named a Woman who has the leadership background to change the world by the White House Project and Oprah Magazine.
She is a speaker, teacher and trainer for many organizations to include programs such as; Practical Chemistry for a Practical World, STEM Teacher Training National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, “Lay-ups for Learning” Awards program, The Jordan Fundamentals Schools Foundation, “The Influence of Culturally Responsive Teaching”, Teach for America Summer Teacher Institute at the SMU Simmons School of Education, African American Affinity Group Breakfast, The Hockaday School, African American Museum Estella Doty Distinguished Lecture Series, Central Connecticut State University Center for Africana Studies 13th Annual Conference: “Get a KIC out of Science” and Weatherford, Texas 20th Annual MLK Jr. Day Celebration Program: “The Struggle Continues”, WFAA Metro contributing newscaster: “Effect and Impact of Race vs. Gender in the 2008
Presidential Election” to name a few.
Jennifer has earned numerous honors to include; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator’s Award, Community Servant Award, The Links, Inc., Mid-Cities (TX) Chapter, Congressional Intern, Office of Rep. E. Bernice Johnson, Washington, DC, Dallas Post Tribune Leader of the Week, Finalist, Teacher-of-the-Year, Steve Harvey Morning Show, Grant Recipient, The Jordan Fundamentals Schools Foundation Inspiration, NIKE Inc., Humanitarian Award for contributions and innovations in education, South Dallas Professional Women’s Organization, Moderator, Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference Science and Technology Brain trust: “The Future of Consumer Electronics & the Journey to Mars and beyond.”,Recipient of a 2011 City of Dallas Mayoral Proclamation for “Sustainability Education Program”, 2016 Trailblazers Award – Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Rho Nu Lambda Chapter, 2016 Top 25 Women of Dallas – Rolling Out! Media and a 2017 Hidden Figures in STEM Honoree – National Association of Black Engineers, DFW Chapter.