Student Research

Here you will find a showcase of students’ successes in the EBAYS program.

Another measure of the efficacy of the EBAYS program is the output of its participants. Over the past several years, EBAYS students have been involved in several research projects that have generated valuable information related to currently relevant environmental issues.

  • Youth research led to the identification of 70 homes in Washington, D.C. area where drinking water lead concentrations exceeded the US EPA mandated 15 ppb action level.
  • EBAYS student scientists have identified areas of poor air and water quality in and around Oakland, California.
  • Teen participants in EBAYS have presented over twenty-five posters at professional scientific conferences (including AGU’s BrightSTARS program) and published abstracts that describe their work.
EBAYS Youth, Melanie Dzib Cruz, Jameil Lewis, and Jelani Lewis, present their air and soil quality findings at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall 2019 Conference

Check Out Student Projects Below!


Youth Publication in The Journal for High School Science

EBAYS participant Pearl Werbach publishes an investigation into heavy metal contamination, income level, and institutional policies.


Youth Present to Joint Powers Authority on Local Lead Contamination Research Findings

On October 27, 2022, a group of EBAYS youth presented the findings of their environmental quality research to the Alameda County Joint Powers Authority Board of Directors, which is comprised of representatives from City Councils of each Alameda County city, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, and the Alameda County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.

United For Success Academy Town Hall

Research and communication by United For Success Academy 6th graders and members of Frontline Catalysts

Flint, MI Soil Lead Work

Research and communication by teens in Flint, Michigan.


High Lead (Pb) Levels in East Oakland, California Parks: An Indicator of Environmental Injustice in the San Francisco Bay Area

American Geophysical Union, 2020. Research by: Allison McCabe, Arjun Krishnan, Arnav Kushwah, Gunit Kaur, Julia Schweitzer, Laura Boifort, Raphael Barboza, Riya Puvvada, Sarah Park, and Yi Luo


Resuspension of Lead (Pb) in Oakland, CA Soils: Investigating a Possible Source of Urban Lead Contamination

American Geophysical Union, 2019. Research by: Melanie Dzib Cruz, Jameil Lewis, Jelani Lewis





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