Matt Kedzierski

​Aera Energy

Andrea Medina

Director of Outreach


Adam Lancaster

Director of Eng


Merci Del Rosario
Math/Science Coord.
Eldred Marshall

Support Staff:


John Guerard
Grimmway Farms
Jeanne Hughes

The Kern County Science Foundation was established in 1987 as a public, non-profit, 501(c)(3) partnership between Shell Oil Company and the Kern County Superintendent of Schools Office to promote Science in the county, and to create the annual Kern County Regional Science Fair. The first Fair was held in 1988. In each of the years since the first Fair, the Foundation has proudly organized and sponsored this annual Kern County event, and has sent hundreds of deserving students on to the State Science Fair, where they have consistently done very well.

In the years since that first Fair, the Foundation's influence on the community has grown and it now organizes and/or sponsors numerous events and activities as it pursues its Mission to promote STEM to the youth of the county. Included in this long and ever-changing list of things for our students are MATHCOUNTS, Middle School Math Field Day, Physics Olympics, AP Calculus & Statistics Contest, GEMS (Great Explorations in Math & Science), rocketry, science clubs, summer science camps, and even a Rubik's Cube Competition. For teachers, the Foundation sends interested science teachers to Livermore National Labs for hands-on training with real scientists. It provides funding to purchase essential laboratory and experiment equipment for schools to use in giving students more than just a look at STEM, and through GEMS provides experiments in a box to be used by elementary school teachers. The Foundation recognizes qualified students who choose to pursue a college degree in a STEM related program with generous scholarships, awarding over $100,000 to students over the years. It also provides grants to support projects that align with our mission of supporting STEM in our local communities and advancing youth interest in STEM in Kern County.

The Foundation is managed by the Kern County Science Foundation Board. The Board consists of representatives from the major business sectors, including oil & gas, agriculture, and medical, plus government entities such as the Department of Agriculture and Department of Defense, and key academic sectors, including CSUB, Bakersfield College, Kern High School District, and Taft College. Read our Mission, Vision, and Values.

Generous contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals in the community make all of this possible.

Advancing Interest in STEM

   (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

Kevin Duncan

Reservoir Technician

​California Resources

Candice Sifuentes


Robert Negrini

Professor of Geology


 Dr. Paul Fuller
Kaiser Permanente

John Hester
Aera Energy
Dr. Robert Allison
Bakersfield College
Glenn Fankhauser
Kern County Agriculture Department

Board of Directors


Liz Rozell
Bakersfield College
Jared Britschgi
Pearl Corporation
Sandra Szymanski
Dirk Baron
Kathleen Hill
CIA Director
Brenda Abernathy
Administrative Staff
Lisa Gilbert
Dr. Brian Marsh
Univ. of California
Coop. Extension

Board Members:


Vickie Spanos

Kern High School District

Neeraj Rama

Houchin Blood Bank

Joel Hoffman
Tony LaMacchia
Christina Rosales

Richard Meyer

​Engineering Consultant

Ruben Contreras

​PG&E Safety Consultant

Elaina Rusk
Sr. Meteorologist
Lori Aragon


Kenelee Henderson

Kern High School District