Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)

Stephanie Jenkins

Stephanie Jenkins

Program Director

Telephone: 859-257-1299
Fax: 859-323-1049
E-mail: Ben Albritton

233 Mining & Mineral Resources Bldg.
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0107


Superfund Research Translation Member


M.S., University of Kentucky, 2000
B.A., University of Kentucky, 1999

Professional Employment

2003 - Current: Program Director - Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, University of Kentucky 
2002 - 2003: Communications Director and Environment Education Coordinator - Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment, University of Kentucky
2000 - 2002: Business Development Coordinator - Fuller, Mossbarger, Scott, and May Engineer

Research Interest and Expertise

Stephanie Jenkins is Program Coordinator with Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI). Stephanie's experience includes implementation, design, and planning for educational programs, as well as research coordination. Stephanie is responsible the coordination of several research initiative at KWRRI including projects within the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant surface water study, Commonwealth Collaborative Water Pioneers Program, and the Research Translation of the Superfund Basic Research Program. Stephanie has an educational background in Earth Science Education and a Master's of Science in Secondary Education. Prior to her employment at the University of Kentucky, Stephanie worked as a Business Development Planner. Her responsibilities included marketing and public relations for a wide variety of agencies including state, local, and federal clients as well as private clients. As a member of a business development team, Stephanie has experience creating and implementing marketing strategies or plans, trade show marketing, process marketing, organizing yearly marketing plans, and implementing marketing within a strategic business plan. Stephanie also has experience creating, editing, and writing brochures, proposal, qualification statements, information packages, press releases, and web page articles.

Stephanie is currently the program coordinator for the Commonwealth Collaborative Water Pioneers Water Quality Program. The goals of the Water Pioneers Water Quality Outreach Initiative include educating eastern Kentucky youth about Kentucky water resources and engaging them in water issues and improving water quality in their local communities. The project unites the College of Agriculture's Cooperative Extension Service, the UK Robinson Scholars Program and a variety of outside agencies in an effort to encourage youth activism on behalf of an in-depth study of the Appalachian watershed. The youth - inductees into the Robinson Scholars Program, a scholarship and leadership development program that seeks to improve college attendance in a twenty-nine county region of Eastern Kentucky with a traditionally low college-going rate - will develop ideas and compare information about watersheds with students in partnering states and regions, including Alaska and Hawaii.