The Black Science Coalition and Institute (B-SCI) started in 2019. Our logo the "Power Flask" was created with the help of African American Graphic Designers (AAGD.co) and represents the struggle of African Americans in science and their ability to overcome. Read our bylaws to find out how B-SCI is structured and our plans to increase diversity in science.
B-SCI seeks to foster scientific interest, research, skepticism, objectivity, knowledge, and innovation in black and historically underrepresented communities.
To become a premier scientific organization for aspiring or established black and underrepresented scientists in an effort to push the boundaries for all people and scientific discovery.
Jana M. Carpenter
Jana is a founding member and Research and Development Officer of B-SCI. She works as a Research/ Lab Technician at the Center for Applied Isotope Studies at the University of Georgia. She has a passion for chemistry and metabolic processes, and plans to pursue a doctorate in the field, utilizing analytical techniques.
Jordan is from South Philadelphia and serves as the founding President of B-SCI. He received a master's in anthropology at UGA. He is currently a Ph.D. student in geoscience at Baylor University. His research uses geological methods to examine the long-term environmental impacts of slavery.
Dr. Shenell Tolson
Dr. Shenell Tolson is a cell and molecular biologist. Her degrees are as follows: BS, Biology [and] Biology, Biochemistry, & Bioinformatics (MB3); MS, Science Ed (Molecular Biology); and DrPH, Epidemiology/Global Health. She works in human health and toxicology; where she assesses the systemic effects of various compounds on humans and the environment. She uses her platform to educate and inform the community about the relationship between STEM and public health concepts. Follow her @thepublichealthbae on IG and @G_Protein on Twitter!
Chad is from Atlanta, GA and serves as the Science Communication Officer of B-SCI. He conducted his undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at Atlanta Metropolitan State College. He was accepted into the Public Health Master's program at Southern New Hampshire University and is currently working towards his M.P.H with a focus in Environmental Health Science.
Dr. Janay M.
Janay serves as the Secretary of B-SCI. She conducted her undergraduate studies in Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina Honors College. She was accepted into the Integrated Biomedical Science program at the USC School of Medicine and finished her Ph.D. at USC with a focus on neurodevelopment. She also got involved with the Society for Neuroscience with the Neuroscience Scholars Program and was a Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program Fellow at USC and is now an Assistant Professor at Francis Marion University.