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Megan Hoert Hughes

STEM Pathways Program Manager, Center for Public Engagement with Science


Megan Hoert Hughes is the STEM pathways program manager with the Center for Public Engagement with Science (CPES) at the UNC Institute for the Environment. Hughes is lead facilitator for the 21st Century Environmental Health Scholars (21EH) program which provides environmental health science research internships, mentorship and professional development for undergraduate students at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and UNC-Chapel Hill. She is co-principal investigator and program director for the Geoscience and Environmental Health Internship program for Robeson County, N.C. youth and former program manager for the IDEA (Increasing Diversity and Enhancing Academia) program for high school and undergraduate students interested in geoscience careers. Hughes has also supported outreach on childhood lead poisoning prevention, asthma and healthy homes and managed the Lead and Healthy Homes Task Force for several years. She is an Entering Mentoring trained facilitator through the Center for Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) and also holds a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Research (DEIR) Certificate through the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. Hughes has significant experience as a project manager, science communicator and community advocate and has held positions at the Center for Environmental Programs at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH and the Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD.  She has a master of environmental management degree from Duke University with an emphasis on resource ecology.


MEM, Resource Ecology, Duke University, 2000

B.A., Environmental Studies, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 1997