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Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (LEAP)

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!


ERP_IDEA CSIIDEA Undergraduate Research Program

Since 2012, the UNC Institute for the Environment has partnered with UNC geoscience faculty and the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) to provide 10-week (summer), mentored geoscience research experiences and academic year activities for undergraduate students. Participation is especially encouraged from female students and those who identify as underrepresented minorities in geoscience fields.


students with canoesSTEM Experiences in the Lab and Field (SELF)

SELF offers two-week summer field studies and five-week summer research experiences 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.