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21st Century Environmental Health Scholars (21EH Scholars)

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.


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!


students with canoesSummer Geoscience Expeditions and Internships

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.


Past Programming

ERP_IDEA CSIIDEA Undergraduate Research Program

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.