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Megan Hughes with students in a lab looking at fossils

What is a “geo”?

A “geo” works or does research in the geosciences. Geosciences means all of the STEM disciplines that study air, earth, rocks, oceans, water, weather and other parts of the natural environment. A geoscientist can also mean someone who studies how environmental problems affect human health.

About the Program

This high school student science enrichment program is a partnership between the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment, UNC-Pembroke, and Robeson Early College High School. This program is free for students; financial support is provided by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

This program is designed for students to:

  • Connect with and learn from geoscientists who live and work in North Carolina
  • Engage with other high school students interested in geoscience or STEM
  • Investigate the natural world through fun field trips and hands-on activities
  • Prepare for a job, career, or college degree in geoscience or STEM

Program Details

In 2023, Robeson County students (18+ years old) can apply for Summer Internships (4-week program for rising 12th (or RECHS 13th ) grade students).

Information Session

Monday, April 17 at 6pm
Zoom link: https://unc.zoom.us/j/98920030244

Program Dates

  • June 28-30, in-person at RECHS, 10am-3pm
  • July 2-28, in-person internship at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • July 31, Student Showcase at RCC or UNC-Pembroke

Location

RECHS (June 28-30) and UNC-Chapel Hill (July 2-28)

Eligibility

Rising 12th grade (or RECHS 13th grade) Robeson County students with priority given to RECHS students. Students must be 18 years old to come to UNC-CH. Students who are 17 years old may apply and every effort will be made to place them in a local internship.

Students receive

Lunch and snacks for in-person events, four weeks of housing at UNC-Chapel Hill, and $1,275 stipend

Cost

No cost for students

Housing

Will be provided on-campus at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students will have double occupancy rooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. An undergraduate or graduate student will live with students on campus to provide supervision and support.

Application

  • To participate in this program, you must be nominated by a teacher or adult mentor (not a family member). Please share the program information with a teacher/mentor who knows you well and, if they wish to nominate you, ask them to email Megan Hughes at meganhughes@unc.edu. We will then contact your teacher/mentor for more information.
  • Students who have not spent much time away from home are encouraged to apply with a friend or small group. Please let your teacher/mentor know that you are applying as a pair or group.
  • Nomination deadline: May 1, 2023

Note: This part of the program will not be offered in 2023.

Health and Safety Precautions

Protection of Minors: This program is registered with the Protection of Minors on Campus office at UNC-Chapel Hill and follows all requirements for youth camps and programs.

Please note that in-person programs are subject to change, rescheduling or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions.

Program Contact

Megan Hoert Hughes,

STEM Pathways Program Manager, Center for Public Engagement with Science

(919) 966-2463
meganhughes@unc.edu

People

Made Possible by:

Funding Source

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Collaborators

  • UNC-Pembroke
  • Robeson Early College High School

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