Student Information

Student Name

Alexander Yuan




Internship Information

Company/Organization: New Jersey Meadowlands Commission

Mentor(s):Joe Grzyb, Erika Baldino

Topic of Internship

Environmental Chemistry

Background Information

The New Jersey Meadowlands Commission works to promote regional sharing of information resources with District municipalities to help them better manage municipal assets, plan for improvements and prepare for and combat emergencies, collect, analyze and communicate environmental information and provide reliable baselines for assessing environmental improvements in the Meadowlands District, and promote research and development of new technologies to address the legacy of environmental problems affecting the District. The Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) serves as the scientific and technological arm of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC). MERIís scientists monitor environmental conditions, conduct research and develop and apply technology to address the environmental problems of the Hackensack Meadowlands District.

Summary of Internship

Although I am a high school intern, I was lucky enough to have access and exposure to the many different aspects of the Meadowlands. Working in the lab, I am granted the opportunity to observe and access any problems that come up in the Meadowlands area. We perform a plethora of lab procedures which check up on areas of the meadowlands and take tons of samples from the water, soil, air, in the environment and test it for organic matter, fecal matter, metal, and basically every angle and concept you can imagine in order to make sure everything is where it should be and not out of the norm. Itís really exciting when we go out in the field and actually

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