The Environmental Resource Program works to promote an earth science literate society by providing individuals with access to current scientific information and relevant resources to help make informed decisions.


High School Student Science Enrichment

dsc03450Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program

The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP) is a FREE, week-long summer institute for high school students that will take place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill from July 31st – August 4th, 2017. During this program students will conduct hands-on and minds-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to examine society’s current use of energy and the technological solutions that will support a low-carbon future. Energy LEAP is provided by ERP in partnership with UNC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy with funding from the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Duke Energy Foundation. 


ERP_students with thin film solar cellClimate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program

UNC’s Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP) engages rising 9th-12th grade students from Durham and Orange counties in interdisciplinary, hands-on and minds-on science and mathematics activities and in the development of science communication and leadership skills. Climate LEAP is provided by ERP with funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. 


IDEA High School Geosciences Program

The Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) High School Program is a summer and academic year experience for high school students, including underrepresented minorities and girls, who are interested in exploring career opportunities in earth, atmospheric or marine sciences. The program includes a week-long summer science institute and a series of Saturday Academies during the school year. From 2012-2017, over 100 North Carolina high school students participated in the program, as a student or peer mentor, with funding through the National Science Foundation Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences program. IDEA is currently seeking funding for the 2017-2018 school year and beyond. If you would like to add your name and contact information to our interest list, please click here.

Please contact Regina Hill, Director of Development, about funding opportunities.


Undergraduate Research Experience

ERP_IDEA CSIIDEA Undergraduate Research Program

Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) is designed to bolster participation in geoscience education, especially the participation of under-represented minorities and women students. The IDEA Undergraduate Research Program provides paid geoscience research opportunities and graduate school preparation at UNC to full-time undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year. IDEA is funded by the National Science Foundation, Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences.