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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:

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


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


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


No cost for students


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.


  • 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 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


Made Possible by:

Funding Source

Burroughs Wellcome Fund


  • UNC-Pembroke
  • Robeson Early College High School

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