High School

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Energy LEAP                   High School Program

The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP) is a FREE, week-long summer institute for high school students. During this program students will 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. For more information, contact Grant Parkins at parkins@unc.edu.

Climate LEAP               High School Program

UNC’s Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP) engages rising 9th-12th grade students from Durham and Orange counties in interdisciplinary, hands-on and minds-on science and mathematics activities and in the development of science communication and leadership skills. For more information, contact Dana Haine at dhaine@unc.edu.


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IDEA Undergraduate Research Program

Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia (IDEA) provides paid geoscience research opportunities and graduate school preparation at UNC-Chapel Hill to full-time undergraduate students during both the summer and academic year.The goal of the program is to increase the participation of underrepresented minority students in the geosciences and provide the support and training necessary to pursue a graduate degree. IDEA is funded by the National Science Foundation, Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS – IMPACT). For more information, contact Megan Hughes at meganhughes@unc.edu.


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UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility

The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility’s Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) develops and coordinates outreach activities designed to translate cutting-edge science from UNC into knowledge that can be used to improve public health across North Carolina and the United States.  The COEC supports a variety of research and outreach experiences for interested graduate students. For more information, contact Kathleen Gray at kgray@unc.edu.

UNC Superfund Research Program

The UNC Superfund Research Program (SRP) supports a variety of graduate students and trainees interested in intensive research aimed at reducing risks to human health from toxic chemicals found at abandoned hazardous waste sites. The Research Translation Core of the SRP specifically works to build the skills of SRP trainees as well as new scientists and engineers interested in interdisciplinary research, environmental health, and science communication. For more information, contact Kathleen Gray at kgray@unc.edu.