- Kate Munning
2022 Scholarship Winner: Sumbel Yaqoob
We are thrilled to continue featuring the winners of TLCNJ’s 2022 scholarships! This year we were able to give FIVE awards out to some impressive young people who are working hard to shape the future of conservation in New Jersey.
Sumbel Yaqoob is a graduate student in chemistry and environmental science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is currently researching the biotransformation and biodefluorination of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as a means to break down toxic soil and groundwater pollutants. She hopes to utilize microbial techniques in the remediation of PFAS-impacted sites by harnessing nature’s own remediative potential, thereby protecting natural resources in a sustainable way. Talk about fascinating, forward-thinking solution!