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For over 30 years, the Center for Public Engagement with Science has connected UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff and students to North Carolina communities, sharing emerging science and other resources to help communities address local environmental issues and increase environmental literacy. We are available to assist faculty on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus as you seek to expand the reach of your environmental science and health-related research to broader audiences.

The Center for Public Engagement with Science can help you design an outreach initiative that is tailored to your research interests, given available funding and the capacity of the center and other campus resources. In addition to project implementation, the Center for Public Engagement with Science can provide grant-writing support, conduct project evaluation and administer learning assessments for reporting purposes. Contact Kathleen Gray at to discuss collaboration opportunities.

We can connect you with:

Citizen Scientists

    • We partner with faculty to conduct citizen science projects that create opportunities for community members to be active participants in solving important research questions that affect their lives.


    • We have decades of experience in partnering with community-based organizations to inform vulnerable populations about environmental exposures in their homes and communities.
    • We bring together key stakeholders to facilitate engagement on a range of timely issues.
    • We also have experience partnering with scientists to communicate their research through the creative use of video, educational demonstrations and exhibits, and science cafes.

K-12 Teachers and Students

    • We have introduced thousands of teachers and hundreds of middle and high school students to emerging environmental science. We are experienced in partnering with scientists to develop broader impacts initiatives and regularly implement projects ranging from developing curricula to conducting professional development workshops for teachers and summer science enrichment programs for students.
    • We understand the realities of the K-12 classroom, adoption of state and national science education standards and the key attributes of today’s learning environments.

Undergraduate Students

    • We manage the NIEHS funded IDEA (Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia) program which aims to attract and retain under-represented minorities and women in environmental science career pathways.
    • We also place undergraduate students in local environmentally focused internships through the Sustainable Triangle Field Site (STFS) program and the EcoStudio program.

Extended Partnerships

For over a decade, the Center for Public Engagement with Science has successfully partnered with researchers to conduct community engagement and research translation for multi-PI research centers such as the UNC Superfund Research Program and the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. To discuss opportunities for the Center for Public Engagement with Science to be involved in your research center’s community engagement and research translation initiatives contact Kathleen Gray at