Mission and Vision
Jhumki Basu Foundation fosters STEM teaching mastery in teachers, and through them empowers youth around the world in STEM-related subjects
Exceptional STEM educators, who view teaching in under-served communities as a rewarding career, are key levers for the development of skills in students that are critical for them to become part of a modern workforce and responsible citizens.
Who We Are
Founded in 2009, JBF is proud of its dedicated team of STEM teachers who have worked in classrooms across the world. Our backgrounds include serving as teacher leaders, as department chairs and as coaches.
Our Board Members
A treasured member of our faculty, Jhumki touched countless lives and left an indelible mark on our students and our school. She was a brilliant researcher and educator who, in her all too brief career, achieved great success in advancing the state of Science Education. Her death is a great loss for the field and for all of us who were with her."
Prof Mary Brabeck
Dean, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York University
Jhumki Basu Foundation
The objective of Jhumki Basu Foundation is to discover, nurture and spread innovative and sustainable programs to carry on Prof. Jhumki Basu’s vision of democratizing science education.
JBF raises funds, makes grants, executes projects, manages awards, scholarships, science fairs, competitions and other programs in science education. JBF is a registered nonprofit corporation with section 501(c)3 tax-exemption status from the Internal Revenue Service.
JBF is sponsor of the STEM Ed Innovators program and the S. Jhumki Basu STEM Education and Research Center at New York University.
Who is Jhumki?
Prof Shreyashi Jhumki Basu attended Stanford University where she received a B.A. in Human Biology in 1998. In 2006, she earned a doctorate in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Later that year she joined NYU's Steinhardt School of Education as an associate professor. Between 2003 and 2006, Jhumki served as co-founder, assistant principal and science department chair at the NYCDoE School for Democracy and Leadership in Brooklyn, New York. She received an Early Career Award from Columbia University, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Castilleja School, and the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association.
Jhumki passed away in 2008 at age 31, after a seven-year battle with cancer.