The 21EH Scholars program provides paid environmental health sciences research internships for undergraduate students from North Carolina Central University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Over 12 months, 21EH Scholars work closely with a faculty mentor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, participating in cutting-edge environmental health sciences research and developing research skills as part of a lab team.
The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program is a FREE, week-long summer institute for high school students. During this program students 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. Programming includes a mixture of hands-on activities, presentations and field trips!
CPES leads Geoscience Teaching Outdoors in NC (GET Outdoors in NC), an informal geoscience education partnership, working with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville, NC State Parks, and Martin County Schools to increase exposure to and interest in geoscience research, education and career pathways among diverse youth in northeastern North Carolina through cultivation of a geoscience learning ecosystem.
This program offers two-week summer expeditions and five-week summer internships for high school students in Robeson County, NC. Participants engage in hands-on learning opportunities in environmental science, geography and geology both in the lab and in the field. This program emphasizes pathways to geoscience college and career options.
Youth Engaging in the Science of Resilience in Urban and Rural NC (YES-Resilience) is a year-long science enrichment program for high school students conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Youth will learn about climate change, investigate strategies to address local climate impacts, and contribute to authentic action projects to strengthen their community’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate-related events.
From 2012-2020, the CPES created and coordinated the highly successful IDEA high school and undergraduate program. With funding from the NSF GEOPAths program, IDEA supported a total of 105 high school students in geoscience-focused enrichment programming as well as 37 undergraduate students who completed mentored internships. IDEA was designed to encourage participation from female and underrepresented minority students in geoscience fields.